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First Impressions: Cafe Lazio

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)

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 09:36PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

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I have eaten at Cafe Lazio twice now with excellent food both times. Once we ordered a pizza and once we ordered a calzone and salads. I have to agree with the medium thickness and nice chewiness to the crust. It was not mushy in the middle like sometimes happens to pizza from local establishments. The crust was even better for the calzone, which turned a beautiful golden brown. I really like the sides that come with the food--fruit, pasta salad, etc. Finally, everything is well priced. I certainly feel that you get a lot of bang for the buck at Lazio.

April 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

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