I met a soldier who was just returning to Salem after spending a year fighting in Iraq and I asked him what he missed about Oregon. His answer was, "eating at Walery's Pizza." That was probably the best word of mouth recommendation that any restaurant could ever expect to get. But that is not the only time I have heard people in the community speak highly of the West Salem pizza parlor next to Safeway on Edgewater Street. They have been recommended to me by everyone from firefighters to football referees.
Walery's is the place to be for families on weekends in West Salem. The restaurant is filled with people of all ages enjoying large thin crust pizzas made with fresh ingredients and salads piled high from the salad bar. There's a game room and rides for kids, but not so much stuff that they forget about eating. This gives you time to relax and order a cold beer or wine and have some adult time before the pizza comes. A great deal that they offer is a large two topping pizza for $11.99. This is more than enough for 3 to 4 people to eat and you will want to take the rest home for leftovers. The pizza is one of the best in town. That means a lot because Salem has so many good places to eat pizza. If you add it all up, great pizza, family atmosphere, fun for the kids, cold beer, and great prices, Walery's is the best pizza parlor in town on either side of the river.