A sandwich and a slice of pizza aren't enough for a full-fledged review, but they were enough to convince me that we ought to go back and sample some more. I took my daughter tonight to this casual spot in the "Main Street" section of Patton Creek shopping center in Hoover for a quick dinner. You can get pizza by the slice, which is what she had, and it was a very large slice -- really, more like two average-sized pieces of pizza. The pepperoni was plentiful and well seasoned, and the sliced Italian sausage, while it had a tendency to slide off, was good. The crust is medium-thin, with a nice chewiness to it. I had a flatbread sandwich, which seems to basically be a sandwich made on folded-over pizza crust, tossed in the pizza oven to add a welcome crispiness as a contrast to the chewy interior. Spicy Italian sausage slices, sauteed green peppers and red onions with provolone cheese were a little messy to eat but not as greasy as you might expect based on the ingredients. The sandwich came with a choice of pasta salad, fruit salad or chips. I opted for fruit salad, which was a ramekin with cantaloupe, honeydew, red seedless grapes and pineapple.
There are also appetizers, salads, calzones, strombolis, a Parmigiana Hero, and a number of entrees on the menu. Service was prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was family-friendly but also the kind of place adults could hang out with friends -- there's a bar entrance and a restaurant entrance.And with spring here, the outdoor dining should be a treat.
Here are links to other recent ramblings on Cafe Lazio. (Their web site, www.cafelazio.net, is currently not working; I do hope that's merely a sign someone forgot to pay the bill and not a portent of a restaurant in trouble.)
Birmingham News Review (December 2007)
Ladies Lunch at Cafe Lazio (blog)