Peter’s Pizzeria

FOODIE FRIDAY: PETER’S PIZZERIA, AMAZING RESTAURANT AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

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Many North Texas have been volunteering in Fruitvale Texas after the devastating tornado there April 29. Peters Pizza assisted in feeding between  80-100 volunteers.  Pete and Liz Pagano are locals with passion for the Pizza and Love of our community.  I am sharing  a blog post I wrote about them and asking you to stop by for some great food and say hello!

We were in the mood for some great local pizza this week and after doing some research, decided to try out Peter’s Pizzeria in Highland Village for lunch with some friends yesterday. Peter’s Pizzeria has an extremely loyal local following, with rave reviews on both their business Facebook page and Yelp. And looking at pictures their customers posted, the pies looked so amazing we figured this place was a must-try!

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photo 3(22)Peter’s Pizzeria opened about nine months ago right next to Village Grill and Kroger off FM 407 in Highland Village, but owner Peter Pagano has been cooking up homemade Italian food for other people for around 35 years. Pete and his wife, Liz, are originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey where they first started sharing their homemade family recipes with the public. About 12 years ago, the Paganos decided to move to Texas and opened a restaurant in Colleyville. However, being residents of Double Oak, Pete and Liz decided to sell their space in Colleyville about a three years ago and move the restaurant a little closer to home.

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Alright, now I know you guys are dying to hear about the food, so here it goes. Pete and Liz cooked up some great dishes for us while we were there and were willing to customize their lunch menu to allow us to try some of their great signature plates. We started out with a delicious antipasti salad with sliced Parmesan, ham and pepperoni with fresh vegetables. I always love starting a meal out with a great salad like this – sets the right tone.photo 1(25)

Liz then brought out what I think was probably the best part of our meal yesterday – Eggplant Rollatini. If you like eggplant parmesan (or anything breaded, baked and covered in tomato sauce and cheese), you’ll love this appetizer! The eggplant had great flavor and was perfectly baked and the tomato sauce had a wonderful fresh quality to it. I would definitely recommend you give this appetizer a try.

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And then of course, we had to order a couple of pies. They came out steaming hot (gooey cheese and all) and looking delicious. Liz had one pie made up without cheese and loaded with vegetables and another one more traditional with pepperoni and sausage. If you love a significant crust on your pizza, you’ll love these. The crust had a great doughy quality to it and was nice and fluffy at the same time. The vegetables and the meats were flavorful and fresh and just enhanced the wonderful homemade taste of the pizza dough.
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You can order your pizza by the pie or slice – whichever way you want it. And here’s some inside scoop – Pete includes Parmesan cheese in his sauce which is why it’s so delicious!

This place has a great vibe to it – you feel like you really are dining in an awesome local pizza joint in New Jersey. I love that we have a place here in Denton County that brings the authentic feel of a New Jersey Italian pizzeria to our area. So, if you’ve been searching for a great pizza joint, I’d recommend you give Peter’s Pizzeria a try. It’s got a great family-owned atmosphere, great food and great service.

And when you go in, be sure to let them know you heard about them on Jay Marks’ Foodie Friday blog!

Foodie Friday: Behind The Scenes at Peter’s Pizzeria

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Without a doubt, one of my favorite Foodie Friday spots we’ve discovered over the last couple years has got to be Peter’s Pizzeria located off of FM 407 in Highland Village. Because when it comes to delicious and authentic Italian food, owners Peter and Liz Pigano know what they’re doing and they’ve been doing it for over 35 years!

Pete and Liz opened the pizzeria here in Highland Village about two years ago – after sharing their homemade family recipes for several years in their hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey and then just a little ways south of us in Colleyville.

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You know that saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Well, that’s absolutely how Pete and Liz see it. They’ve been using the same recipes and ingredients on their menu for the last 35 years because it’s all simply incredible and extremely authentic.

When you go to Peter’s Pizzeria, you may be interested in trying out Jay’s Healthy Option which is their antipasti salad with sliced Parmesan, ham and pepperoni with a great mixture of fresh vegetables. And it comes served with their delicious house dressing – something I can’t seem to get enough of!

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They’ve got some great pasta (and pasta-liked) dishes as well, including their Eggplant Rollatini and their fabulous lasagna. It just tastes like what you think Italian food should taste like!

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But my all-time favorite menu item is Peter’s Special Pizza which comes fully loaded with peppers, onions, mushrooms, black olives, sausage and pepperoni. All of the ingredients Peter uses are so fresh and really just taste delicious when they’re all thrown together like this. And the crust on each of the pies is fabuloso – it’s got just the right crisp on the outside and then is nice and fluffy on the interior.

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Also, here’s a little Foodie Friday inside scoop: I love Peter’s homemade sauce… it’s so rich and fresh tasting at the same time. Want to know his secret? He puts a little bit of Parmesan cheese into it. How’s that for tasty?

Another great thing about Peter’s is that you can come in and order pizza by the slice or you can order an entire pie to enjoy with friends and family. Bring your own bottle of wine in and enjoy the comfortable atmosphere – you’ll immediately feel a part of Pete and Liz’s big Italian family!

You’re really missing out if you haven’t checked this place out already – I guarantee it’ll become one of your new favorite pizza and Italian spots! So, go pay Pete and Liz a visit this weekend! You’ll see Pete working away in the kitchen getting your food ready!

*Peter’s Pizzeria is located at 2250 Justin Rd, Highland Village TX 75077.

Foodie Friday: It’s Almost Pi Day! Let’s Eat Some Pie.

Did you guys know that tomorrow is Pi Day? Get it? 3.14… Anyway, we thought we’d help all of you in your celebration planning by re-capping some of our favorite pizza “pie” places for you to choose from this weekend! So, check out some of our favorite local pie shops below.

Enzo’s Pizzeria
900 Parker Square #990, Flower Mound 75028

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If you’re into New York style pizza, Enzo’s NY Pizzeria in Parker Square is the place for you! It’s truly like a little piece of New York right here in Flower Mound. And you know it MUST be good because it’s a local hot-spot for our Flower Mound Police Department. There’s lots of great Italian dishes to choose from, but their pizzas are truly delicious. You can choose from one of their specials like the “New Yorker” or you can create your own. And each pizza has that perfect New-York style crust – doughy with just a little bit of crisp on the edges. (Side Note: In addition to ordering a pie, you should also be sure to order their Fried Ravioli… you won’t regret it!)

Owners Enzo and Dino are always walking around the restaurant greeting people so be sure to wish them a Happy Pi Day when you see them!

Don Vito’s
1121 Flower Mound Rd #570, Flower Mound 75028

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You know their motto: “If you leave Don’t Vito’s hungry, it’s your own fault.” This is a great place to celebrate Pi Day if you’re looking for a place to meet up with friends, grab some drinks and watch a game at the bar while enjoying some pizza. In addition to some fabulous pizza options like their Del Formaggio Pizza (loaded up with fresh mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and romano), Don Vito’s also serves up some great appetizers perfect for snacking on at the bar. We’ve tried their Da’Stix cheese bread and their Wiseguy Jalapenos stuffed with homemade sausage, cheese and spices.

Located in the Pines of Flower Mound (corner of FM 3040 and Gerault Rd), this Italian safe house is a great place to come enjoy Pi Day with friends and family this weekend!

Bari’s
3472 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound 75022

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Or maybe you want to head to a truly local institution this weekend and head to Bari’s off of FM 2499 in Flower Mound for some truly authentic Italian dishes. Owner Sebian Bardhi and her family opened this restaurant to share their family recipes with the local community and have been offering delicious and authentic Italian home cooking in Flower Mound for the last (almost) 30 years.

Our personal favorite? The Margherita Pizza – an old Bardhi family recipe using olive oil, basil, garlic, fresh sliced tomato and ricotta cheese. Kari even likes it so much her (now) husband had it for her when he proposed last year! So, celebrate Pi Day with some native Italians and chow down on some authentic Italian pizzas.

Peter’s Pizzeria
2250 Justin Road, Highland Village 75077

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Also serving authentic Italian family recipes is Peter’s Pizzeria in Highland Village. Owners Pete and Liz have established a truly loyal local following over the years and we have become some of their biggest fans since visiting them last year! Each of their pies come out steaming hot (gooey cheese and all) and are perfectly customizable to your taste preferences. And if you love a significant crust on your pizza, you’ll love these. It has a great doughy quality to it and is nice and fluffy at the same time. And all of the ingredients they use from the vegetables to the meat are extremely fresh and add to the homemade quality of their dough and sauce (which – insider tip – includes Parmesan cheese).

You can order your pizza by the pie or slice – so no matter how hungry you are, Peter’s Pizzeria is the perfect place for you to grab some food this weekend!

Chef Tony’s
2911 Cross Timbers Rd #103, Flower Mound 75028

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Almost from the moment they opened, Chef Tony’s Wood Fired Gourmet Pizza near Kroger on the corner of FM 2499 and 1171 has been receiving rave reviews from local residents. Chef Tony has opened a deliciously unique pizza place right here in Flower Mound where he combines his exquisite culinary training with his passion for using the freshest of ingredients to bring truly delightful pies to local residents. Each dish Chef Tony serves looks as great as it tastes and they offer a wealth of artisan pizzas to choose from including the Wicked Chicken with roasted garlic, chicken breast, apple wood smoked bacon, red onions, mozzarella, provolone and basil. One of the best pizzas I’ve ever tasted and it’s in large part due to Chef Tony’s rotating wood fire stove which is the ONLY one in DFW. This ensures that each pizza is cooked to perfection – so combine that with the fresh ingredients and his homemade dough… you can’t beat that combination!

Also, on the weekends he supposedly serves a Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese we haven’t gotten to try yet, so if you go this weekend, try it for us and let us know how it is!

Foodie Friday: 2014 Foodie Friday Recap

I’m aware that some of you jumped on the Foodie Friday train late in the game and may not have seen some of our earlier restaurant reviews. So, I’d love to recap the restaurants we’ve visited so far this year and encourage you to go try at least one of them this weekend if you haven’t already!

And I just want to say thank you to all of you who read my blog on a regular basis. Foodie Friday is a lot more fun when we get to hear about all the great experiences you have at these local restaurants as well. And it’s great to talk to the owners of these establishments to find out all the positive feedback they’re getting. So, keep it up! Let’s continue to work together to support these local businesses.

And be sure to let us know which one (or two or three) of these places you decide to try this weekend.

 

Seven Mile Cafe

Seven Mile Cafe in Highland Village

2300 Highland Village Rd Ste 1100
Highland Village, TX 75077

If you love brunch, Seven Mile Cafe is the perfect place for you to try this weekend. Its original location is in Denton near Historic Downtown Square and they recently opened up a second location in Highland Village. With huge portions and a modern yet cozy environment, this place is a great spot to grab brunch with family and friends. They also offer several healthy and vegetarian options which is great for people like me who are conscious of what we’re eating.

Jay Recommends: The Belgian Waffle decked out with bananas or strawberries, Nutella drizzle, whipped cream and walnuts or the Pancake Sampler plate (you can choose between chocolate chip, pineapple upside down, red velvet, cinnamon roll, etc). If you want something healthier, you can’t go wrong with the custom egg white omelet. I got mine loaded with spinach and vegetables.

Swirl Bakery

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3634 Long Prairie Rd
Flower Mound, TX 75022

Swirl Bakery has been an institution in Flower Mound since 2007 when owner Chris Norwood opened shop on the corner of FM 1171 and FM 2499. Swirl Bakery takes great pride in the variety of original recipes on their menu and in the fact that so many of their menu items are made from scratch – including the chicken salad, soups, cakes and brownies. If you need someone to cater a delicious dinner for you or need a cake to celebrate a special event this weekend, give Swirl Bakery a try. Their breakfast menu is also delicious if you want a great place to take the kids Saturday or Sunday morning.

Jay Recommends: Hands down the tomato basil soup and the eggs benedict. I’ve had both at a lot of places and Swirl Bakery makes the best in town.

 

Noodle Swing Thai Cafe

Foodie Friday: Noodle Swing Thai Cafe

2713 Cross Timbers Rd
Flower Mound, TX 75028

I had my first real experience with Thai food at Noodle Swing Thai Cafe after I heard from several people that this was a must-try in Flower Mound. And I’m so glad I listened to everyone. Dalton, our waiter, has worked there for 4 years and knows the menu intimately. He was able to make some great recommendations to us. If you’ve been searching for some great Thai food in the area, or if you’re like me and you’ve wanted to try Thai food but haven’t yet, go check Noodle Swing out this weekend. They have some great lunch specials!

Jay Recommends: The Swing Dumplings made with ground pork, shrimp and herbs wrapped in a wonton wrapper and served with a chili soy sauce. If you get a salad, be sure to try the house-made peanut dressing – it really enhances the freshness of the salad!

Bistecca (Formerly The Grotto)

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2300 Highland Village Rd
Highland Village, TX 75077

The Grotto has brought quality food and fine dining to Flower Mound since 1994 and has been developing a loyal local following over the last 20 years. Recently, owner Morris Salerno, decided to open up a finer dining side to the Grotto named Bistecca. With the change, existing customers will be able to enjoy some wonderful enhancements to their current menu – including dishes that offer fresh and seasonal ingredients with a fine-dining experience. However, you should know that the Steak Salerno is staying. Have no fear.

Jay Recommends: The Lamb Osso Bucco which is the Chef’s Pick served over polenta with root vegetables in a Lamb Juliet. Crazy good. And just prepare yourself for dessert – you have to order the Chocolate Explosion. When they serve this dessert, they pour hot chocolate over the centerpiece, which cracks open revealing a hot, fresh chocolate cake and strawberries.

Peter’s Pizzeria

Foodie Friday: Peter's Pizzeria in Highland Village.

2250 Justin Road
Highland Village, TX 75077

I know people are very particular about their pizza, whether you’re a Chicago fan or New York. If you want some great Italian home cooking made by a couple of New Jersey-ians, you need to try out Peter’s Pizzeria this weekend. I’ve had several people visit here since we published our blog and absolutely love it. Peter Pigano and his wife Liz opened in Highland Village about 9 months ago but have been cooking up family recipes for the public for about 35 years. And they deliver a great pie.

Jay Recommends: Start out with the Eggplant Rollatini. If you’re a fan of eggplant parmesan (or anything breaded, baked and covered in cheese), you’ll love this appetizer. And of course, you have to order a pizza. The crust has a perfect doughy quality to it while still remaining fluffy and light. And the fresh toppings just help to enhance the homemade taste of the dough.

Z Grill & Tap

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2321 Cross Timbers Rd
Flower Mound, TX 75028

Z Grill & Tap has been around for years, but I’ll admit that I’ve never tried it until last week. I’m so glad I did. This was my favorite Foodie Friday thus far and I had some of the most amazing food I’ve ever had. If you were a lover of Sonoma Grill that was over in Parker Square and miss their menu, I found it at Z Grill! Owner Al Abbood decided to combine the two restaurants in one – offering the exquisite menu of Sonoma Grill with the great environment of Z Grill. If you want some great food with awesome live music this weekend, head to Z Grill & Tap.

Jay Recommends: There were two menu items that just rocked my world. First was the Crab Stuffed Chilean Sea Bass which was horseradish crusted sea bass seared and topped with a grape relish, served with a Chardonnay citrus sauce on ginger-chive risotto. Then for dessert we had the chocolate ganache cake which was one of the most incredible eating experiences I’ve ever had. You need to go try both. Now.

Foodie Friday: Homemade Italian Cooking at Peter’s Pizzeria

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We were in the mood for some great local pizza this week and after doing some research, decided to try out Peter’s Pizzeria in Highland Village for lunch with some friends yesterday. Peter’s Pizzeria has an extremely loyal local following, with rave reviews on both their business Facebook page and Yelp. And looking at pictures their customers posted, the pies looked so amazing we figured this place was a must-try!

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photo 2(27)Peter’s Pizzeria opened about nine months ago right next to Village Grill and Kroger off FM 407 in Highland Village, but owner Peter Pigano has been cooking up homemade Italian food for other people for around 35 years. Pete and his wife, Liz, are originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey where they first started sharing their homemade family recipes with the public. About 10 years ago, the Piganos decided to move to Texas and opened a restaurant in Colleyville. However, being residents of Double Oak, Pete and Liz decided to sell their space in Colleyville about a year ago and move the restaurant a little closer to home.

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Alright, now I know you guys are dying to hear about the food, so here it goes. Pete and Liz cooked up some great dishes for us while we were there and were willing to customize their lunch menu to allow us to try some of their great signature plates. We started out with a delicious antipasti salad with sliced Parmesan, ham and pepperoni with fresh vegetables. I always love starting a meal out with a great salad like this – sets the right tone.photo 1(25)

Liz then brought out what I think was probably the best part of our meal yesterday – Eggplant Rollatini. If you like eggplant parmesan (or anything breaded, baked and covered in tomato sauce and cheese), you’ll love this appetizer! The eggplant had great flavor and was perfectly baked and the tomato sauce had a wonderful fresh quality to it. I would definitely recommend you give this appetizer a try.

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And then of course, we had to order a couple of pies. They came out steaming hot (gooey cheese and all) and looking delicious. Liz had one pie made up without cheese and loaded with vegetables and another one more traditional with pepperoni and sausage. If you love a significant crust on your pizza, you’ll love these. The crust had a great doughy quality to it and was nice and fluffy at the same time. The vegetables and the meats were flavorful and fresh and just enhanced the wonderful homemade taste of the pizza dough.
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You can order your pizza by the pie or slice – whichever way you want it. And here’s some inside scoop – Pete includes Parmesan cheese in his sauce which is why it’s so delicious!

This place has a great vibe to it – you feel like you really are dining in an awesome local pizza joint in New Jersey. I love that we have a place here in Denton County that brings the authentic feel of a New Jersey Italian pizzeria to our area. So, if you’ve been searching for a great pizza joint, I’d recommend you give Peter’s Pizzeria a try. It’s got a great family-owned atmosphere, great food and great service.

And when you go in, be sure to let them know you heard about them on Jay Marks’ Foodie Friday blog!