Old School Pizzaria offers Real Italian Pizza

Spotted by the Lunch Bunch: Riley Randall

By Wendy Pollitzer

February 24, 2011

This week, the Lunch Bunch traveled to Beaufort’s neighboring village of Port Royal, where we dined at Old School Pizzeria located on Paris Avenue. Owned and operated by John Rotondo and his wife, Liezl, the hometown pizzeria offers real, New York style pizza made with quality ingredients. You won’t get a cheap tasting  $5 pizza here. No sir, it’s the real deal…hand tossed dough made fresh daily with a variety of toppings available.

Antipasto Salad

Liezl brought out a platter of delicious cheese sticks with marinara and an Antipasto Salad plate, complete with salami, provolone and pepperoni paired with black olives, tomatoes and peppers.  The table devoured both!

Hawaiian Pizza-A Must Have at Old School Pizzaria

Kim, Elizabeth and I knew we wanted pizza, from the moment we smelled the heavenly aroma as we entered. For goodness sake, it’s their specialty!  We ordered the Hawaiian Pizza with ham & pineapple. And, we all agreed it is a must-have! The dough is just incredible, and Italians just know how to prepare it best.

Barry opted for the chicken parmesan sub, topped with Provolone cheese while April asked for the Pepperoni Calzone, filled with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. They were equally satisfied with their entrees.

While some restaurants pay $50 or so for a box of specialty cheese, Rotondo forks out $99 per box. He says it’s the quality ingredients that matter in a pizza. And, I couldn’t agree more.

Rotondo has owned Old School Pizzaria for 8 years; but, five years ago, he moved from his location across the street in the Old Schoolhouse-hence the name.  The present building is  in such a convenient location with ample parking on both sides of the street.

Lunches are inexpensive, and the service is quick. Old School Pizzaria is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-7:30pm and Saturday, 11:30am-6pm. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Thank you John and Liezl for a delightful midday meal. The Lunch Bunch enjoyed the food and especially admired your enthusiasm for real, Italian pizza.

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