Sunday, November 21, 2010
Fazoli's - pizza baked pasta
Although I usually try some lasagna when I eat Italian food, this time I decided on a new offering, "Pizza baked pasta", for $3.99. They implied that the price may be going up soon, so it may be a bit higher. When presented with a choice between pizza baked spaghetti, ziti or ravioli, I went with the latter. The Pizza baked ravioli is essentially a dish of cheese ravioli topped with what you would traditionally think of as a pizza topping.
If I'm thinking of Italian food, I often at least consider dining at Fazoli's. They were playing a mix of 1940's, 50's and Italian music in the background this time, with very occasional advertisements. The place was very clean, and they brought me some breadsticks within a few minutes of sitting down, while I was waiting for the food. They even offered to let me have more than just 2, which was great. The chairs in the place are a nice touch, with the backs formed into large red hearts. About the only tiny complaint I can come up with is that perhaps the interior could use a new paint touch up - the walls had a good number of scrapes from people backing their chairs into them.
One thing that I thought was funny is that they offered to let me add Parmesan cheese to my pizza baked pasta for an extra dollar. Parmesan cheese is already readily available at all the tables for free, so why would I do that?
The Pizza baked ravioli arrived in an extremely hot ceramic dish. The mild cheese worked very well with the pepperoni topping, which was essentially ~1/4" of cheese and sauce on top. It was hot enough that I was able to sample the occasional bite by blowing on it on a spoon, but it was another 4 or 5 minutes before I could really dig in. Once I had finished, I noticed there were self serve doggie bags. I didn't need them this time, but it was a nice touch!
Fazoli's - 5230 Cobblegate in Moraine (just off of Springboro Pike, not far from the Kroger's)
hours: Sun.-Thur. 10:30am - 10pm, Fri. & Sat. 10:30am to 11pm
delivery available at most locations (there are 4 in the Dayton area)
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