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Friday, March 14, 2003

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Papa's Pizza & Restaurant

Mamma mia! Papa's impresses

Papa's Pizza & Restaurant
117 St. George St.
432-7793


Allen Chen/Gazette
 

By Jeff Zon
Gazette Staff

An ACS student and an engineering student walk into a small restaurant. Just as they sit down to order, a man known strictly as "Papa" bursts through the kitchen's double doors with a big, red rack. "You guys-a like spicy pepper?" he asks. "I'm-a gonna give you some fresh spicy Italian muffin."

This is life at Papa's Pizza, an old-style pizzeria with real Italian owners who have a passion for making quality food. Having been around for over 32 years, Papa's has a set of tried and true mouthwatering recipes.

Papa's Pizza delivers just what it promises. The owners do not run a fancy Italian dine-in restaurant, but rather stick to a few things they do best – namely, pizza and panzerottis.

For pizza lovers, Papa's offers a wide variety of fresh toppings to accompany a hearty, thick crust and tangy, sweet tomato sauce. A large deluxe at $13.50 is likely a little more expensive than the equivalent portion from Pizza Pizza, but offers a much more fulfilling taste. The deluxe comes with bacon, ham, pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms, and is the same price as a four-item large pizza. For a different, more Mediterranean feel, Papa's offers toppings such as feta cheese, eggplant, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

Prefer a panzerotti? Choose from one of four varieties; cheese, meat (ham and pepperoni), vegetable (green peppers, mushrooms, onions) and deluxe (green peppers, ham, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni). All panzerottis are pan-fried to a golden crisp on the outside and a warm, gooey mess on the inside. Vegetables used in the panzerottis are sautéed first to bring out more flavour when cooked into the cheese. Probably the best feature of the panzerotti is its size: wider than a football and just as thick, so even a beast of an appetite is liable to be tamed. Each panzerotti is also served with a fantastic homemade marinara dipping sauce, and at a price between $5 and $6.95, this mammoth meal won't empty your pockets.

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