As my last blog proves you can find good food in the most unlikely places. This is definitely why you should never judge a book by its cover. Chain restaurants often get a bad rap but my favorite one is unlike any other.
Pizzaiola is an Italian restaurant that offers a wide selection of pizzas, salads, soups, pastas, as well as seafood, poultry, and many other entrees. This is the kind of place you can take any crowd because there is something for everyone. It is a nice place without being overly fancy and is also child friendly.
When you walk inside the aroma of fresh pizza baking will nearly knock you down. That is normally my kryptonite. But I usually try to wait until I am seated to make my final decision.
Both of my recent visits coincided with a need to eat something cheap and quickly. Oh and delicious. And both times I couldn't have been more satisfied.
The first time I ordered a slice of Greek salad pizza. That would be pizza with a combination of romaine & iceberg lettuce, Kalamata olives, red onion, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, green peppers, and crumbled feta cheese topped with herb dressing. It was like eating a salad with my pizza. All of the different flavors made me feel like I was getting more than just a slice. I left completely pleased with my selection.
On my second and most recent visit, I had a dish I am still craving. I was at Pizzaiola for lunch and I wanted a more hearty selection preferable one that would allow for leftovers I could eat for dinner. So I ordered the shrimp scampi.
The shrimp scampi had at least six large shrimp that were sautéed in a garlic and white wine scampi sauce served over linguini pasta. The result shocked my taste buds.
I was overwhelmed by how simple and amazing the dish was. It was made of only a handful of ingredients but it was fresh and of high quality. If I had been served this and wasn't sitting in the restaurant I would have no idea where it was from. Now you can never tell about a place how fish, especially, will taste. That is why I am always hesitate to order it but I had such a craving. That craving was satisfied and then some.
I ate about half of my meal when I cut myself off while I was still able to get out of the booth. When I heated it up in the oven later that night it tasted even better somehow.
Honestly the last time I had such delicious shrimp I was at Harry’s Cafe and Steak NYC (http://bit.ly/2sgppt7).
Pizzaiola wasn't a place I had planned to write about but I found myself looking at the pictures over and over again and I knew I just couldn't let such a good time pass me by without giving it a shoutout.
Pizzaiola, much like myself, has been around for over thirty years. There are two locations on Long Island, one in North Babylon and one in Oceanside. Both are open and awaiting your arrival, just in time for Father’s Day.
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