Thursday, January 01, 2009
SML restaurants offer abundant options for pie lovers
pizza place at the lake is Downtown Pizzeria, which opened in August 2008 at
"We’ve come here every other week since it opened," said Ted Ouimette while sharing a half Hawaiian/half mushroom and meatball pizza with his wife, Sharon, and son, Ted.
Sharon Ouimette said Downtown Pizzeria fits into their schedule, which includes choir practice at a nearby church, “and it’s a good-sized portion for the price."
The restaurant, which is decorated with pennants from various colleges and universities, touts its daily-made dough, toppings and sauce. Four pizza sizes are available. Along with the usual toppings and specialty pizzas (Meat Lover, Veggie Lover, White Pie), there are some distinct varieties available, including Buffalo Chicken (topped with breaded chicken, hot sauce and blue cheese), Downtown Pie (a white pizza with bacon, broccoli, eggplant and tomatoes) and Lasagna Pizza (meat, sausage, ricotta, garlic and extra sauce).
Downtown Pizzeria’s menu also features six non-pizza entrees, including Chicken Parmesan dinner served over pasta or the sandwich version served on a foot-long roll. Four salads and several sides — wings, fries, poppers, onion rings — are also available. Daily lunch and dinner specials are posted at each table.
relative newcomer to the lake pizza scene is Lago Pizza, which opened about a
year ago on the
Though pizza is the main attraction, also available are burgers, wraps, cheese steaks, sandwiches, wings, pasta and lasagna. A popular daily lunchtime special is two slices of pizza and a drink.
"Personally, I think Lago has the best pizza at the lake, and I’m pretty particular," said frequent customer Alice Weddle. "I also like the fact that the pizza — the dough, the sauce, everything — is consistently good. It never changes."
Michael’s Pizza & Pasta
In addition to all types of pizza (including a multi-grain crust on request), there are appetizers and numerous Italian specialties available at Michael’s, which can also accommodate special dietary requests in pizza and meals. In the summer, the restaurant offers a pizza buffet at lunchtime.
Owner Michael Ralph said his restaurant also caters for family reunions, showers, group meetings, reunions and events such as sports banquets at the restaurant or off site.
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You can dine in, where a bar with TV is available, or out on the covered patio. In addition to pizza (choose from 16 toppings) the restaurant offers wraps, sandwiches, Italian subs, pork barbeque, salad and appetizers.
Takeout is available if you wish to bring a feast back to your boat.
Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
In business for about two years, Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant offers a selection of made-to-order pizzas in two crust styles — thin or square-shaped, thick Sicilian type — and a large selection of Italian dishes. In addition, the restaurant features an extensive buffet with slices of different pizzas, salads and numerous Italian appetizers and meal items. The buffet is offered Tuesday through Sunday for lunch (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner (5-9 p.m.). On Sundays, a breakfast buffet runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"We sampled everything on the lunch buffet, and it was good," said Jean Roberts of Penhook, part of a four-generation group that dined recently at Joe’s. Added Roberts’ daughter, Michelle Ridgeway of Vinton, "The prices are extremely reasonable, too."
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"I like his pizza best," said Olivia Simpson, who described herself as a regular at New York Pizza. "We [parents Ken and Ramona and brother Ken] always go there. The calzones are good, too."
New York Pizza also offers stromboli, salads, fries and appetizers such as wings and poppers.
La Trattoria Italian Restaurant
The only made-from-scratch pizza on the south side of the lake can be found at La Trattoria Italian Restaurant on U.S. 40 in Union Hall. Though the restaurant has only been open under the present ownership for about a year and a half, owner Lynette Jones has been making pizza and Italian food on and off for 17 years.
"I learned from the best," she said of her experience working for three of Joe Altadonna’s lake restaurants over the years.
"We came to the lake from
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strictly a pizza restaurant, the only place offering home delivery of pizza at
"Hot Shots has the perfect combination for the entire family," said Terri Fochtman of Moneta, who frequents the establishment with her husband, Charlie, and son, Will. "I chit-chat with friends while Charlie watches football and plays pool. I always have to drag him out of there. We think it’s the best ‘pizza place’ in town. Plus, there’s other food to choose from, like the quesadillas, which I love."