The Two Things to Know About Pizza People Pub in Midtown
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Photos by Laura Hahnefeld The Hottie
Restaurant: Pizza People Pub
An easygoing scene.
Location: 1326 North Central Avenue
Open: About two months
Eats: American, pizzas
Price: $11 to $30 per person
The first thing to know about Pizza People Pub, Tim and MaryBeth Scanlon's new restaurant in Midtown, is that the pizzas here are more or less equivalent to the ones served up at Pizza People, their food truck.
And if you're are a fan of those pizzas -- 10-inch pies (all around $9 or $10) with a flour-y, slightly crispy, and puffy-edged crust decorated with things like spinach, serrano peppers, and truffle oil -- then Pizza People Pub, in the former home of Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar, is your place.
If not, the second thing to know about Pizza People Pub is that you don't have to have a pizza to enjoy a meal here. The Scanlons have added several other dishes to the menu -- many quite successful -- to pair with a solid selection of cocktails, beer, and wine.
The wings ($5.95/5, $10.95/10), besides being very good -- oven-roasted, meaty, and with just enough sauce -- also come with a small garden of dip-worthy fresh veggies (forget the straggly stalks of celery) that not only provide a nice balance to the protein, but make you wonder why everyone else isn't doing it this way.
Oven-roasted wings with veggies.
Another good idea from the Scanlons comes in the form of their mac 'n' cheese section, a listing of 10 varieties (think jalapeño and sweet-and-spicy Korean) that can be served up in manageable eight-ounce ($3.95) sizes or more shareable 20-ounce ($9.95) ones. The flavor of the smoky paprika mac 'n' cheese probably won't as deep as you'd like, but there are others to try. Perhaps a mac 'n' cheese flight is in order?
Smokey Paprika Mac 'n' Cheese