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Del Ray Pizzeria Finds Its Groove

Pizzeria had bumpy start but now offers a great dining experience.

Sometimes it is easy to get in the habit of going to the same places over and over again. I have written about my now almost , and while I love the comfort of the familiar, a few months ago it was time to venture out, so I tried .

Over the course of a few weeks, I popped in a few times for lunch and once for dinner. I wasn’t blown away by what I found. The restaurant was consistently understaffed with only one or two staff people on board. During my second lunch, my food came out cold.

After those few experiences, I stayed at my regular spots until one week I had someone book a lunch meeting at Pizzeria and friends suggest it for dinner. I wasn’t thrilled but didn’t want to be a pain, so accepted both invites.

The restaurant was a completely different place. It is now staffed appropriately, offers a great atmosphere, awesome food and reasonable prices.

If you are in for lunch, the menu has a great selection of sandwiches that are affordable and unique. The buffalo chicken sandwich in particular offers a fresh take on the dish and you won’t regret trying it.

For dinner, the restaurant offers a little bit of everything. If you haven’t tried the pizza, give it a shot. There are some interesting selections with fresh toppings that really makes the pizza stand out.

Sometimes it takes a new restaurant in an old neighborhood a bit of time to find its groove. Del Ray Pizzeria has found its place and our neighborhood is all the better for it.

Jon Pruett September 21, 2011 at 01:25 PM
When I visited they said they use peanut oil for frying in the kitchen, so my family cannot safely eat here due to severe allergy risks. The Homemade Pizza company up the street has a good handle on both nut and gluten allergies though.
The Smiths September 21, 2011 at 01:34 PM
I love the food and extensive beer options at Del Ray Pizzeria that manages to be both bar and family friendly. That said, I was woefully disappointed with my entire experience on the first Sunday of NFL season. While obviously crowded (and a demand that they should have expected), they had only ONE server for the bar section and all outdoor seating. It took over an hour to get a nacho appetizer that came out cold only after asking staff members about its status twice. I asked for a water from three seperate people and finally went up to the bar to get it. We would make it our standard Sunday football spot, but they've got better staff for the demand!

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