And the winner is...Apizza

By a large margin, Eat Salem readers chose Apizza in Stayton as their favorite restaurant of 2007. I know it's not exactly a Salem restaurant but there seemed to be a lot of enthusiasm and interest for this place. That's why I included them in the poll. Anyway, congratulations to the owners, employees and customers of Apizza. Your restaurant has received high praise many times on this blog and for the purposes of our website we will forever consider you a Salem establishment. I look forward to making the drive to Stayton and ordering a pie from the Eat Salem Restaurant of the Year, Apizza. Next Saturday, January 19th, join us anonymously as we will be eating dinner at Apizza. What should I order, and how do I get there? We will be there between 6p and close.

Restaurant of the Year

La Perla Tapatia (6) 3%
Amadeus Cafe (35) 16%
Willamette Noodle Company (23) 11%
Straight From New York Pizza (58) 26%
Momiji (12) 5%
Apizza(Stayton) (85) 39%

Total Votes: 219


20 comments:

Paul said...

I need to try this place. One good thing about Salem is that they have so many options for great pizza. I don't really have that convenience where I currently live. All the pizza here is just meh.

K & N said...

Lol, thanks for the laugh with the new header today! That's great!

N has an idea. He thinks you should go (or elect someone) to cafepress.com or some such place and design an "eat salem" tee for us to wear when we meet at restaurants.

Anonymous said...

Well. I did not vote for them, but I will be there Saturday night with the rest of you. Can not wait, actually. I have to admit that I am skeptical and that my expectations are low. Any of you who have been to that butt-ugly town know why I say that. No offense, Staytonians.

Salem Man said...

The Cafepress hats are in the works, email any suggestions for other types of apparel. Also send in logo ideas. As far as Apizza winning, I'm surprised because I didn't think they had internet connections out there in the country. I wonder how long it takes this page to load with a dial up modem.

riggity said...

oooh. I wanna go. saturday the 19th. sounds like a good time. I wonder if the owners would make a special "eat salem" night out, complete with some sort of discount??? anyone know them.

having eat salem nights out could be really fun.

jeff said...

Directions:

Come out Mission St until it magically turns into Hwy 22 by passing under Lancaster Dr. Keep going east.

Stayton has two exits - the first is the Ford dealership (Golf Club Rd). Keep going.

The second is the Chevy dealership. Take the exit, turn right at the bottom of the hill. You are now on the street that will become 1st Ave.

Continue south on 1st Ave through all 3 sets of stoplights in Stayton. Turn left at the 4-way stop at Ida. Proceed east two blocks to 3rd. Look right into the side window of Apizza.

Park wherever you can.

As for what you should order... it's all good. Even the smashed potato pie. The crust will be slightly burnt - this is standard for this style of pizza.

Apizza said...

Thank you all for the honor. We'd be happy to give a discount to those who show up this Saturday. We're located at 281 N 3rd Ave, Stayton. Take hwy 22 to the Stayton-Sublimity exit and follow the signs to Stayton. Go straight through all three of the town's stoplights. Then a few more blocks and you'll come to Ida St (a 4-way stop). Turn left and go 2 blocks to 3rd and Ida. Careful - there's another pizza place at 2nd and Ida. The deal will be this: those who identify themselves as being from Eat Salem will receive 50 percent off their pizzas - this is for dine-in only, this Saturday (January 19th) only. Also, we are currently open three nights a week (Thur - Sat) 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This will last through February. Then we'll return to our normal hours. Again, thanks! and we hope to see you Saturday evening.

Shannon Tureck and Steve Robinson, Apizza owners.

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!
These people not only serve a good pie, they know how to be generous and have just plain old good business cents...I know, I meant to spell it wrong! Cheers for APIZZA!!!

clamboy said...

Salemites - it's OK to raise your expectations. Apizza is on a par with the famous New Haven-style pizzerias on Wooster Street. I would recommend starting with a 'thin-pull' cheese pie - simple perfection!

Brandon Hamilton said...

Apizza-Restaurant of the YEAR??????
Next year you should figure out a way to keep the owners from stuffing the ballot box. A real shame to all the good places out there.

Salem Man said...

Brandon, I'm sorry you feel that Apizza was voted Restaurant of the Year unfairly. We took extra precautions to make it as difficult as possible for people to vote more than one time. Online polls are not scientific or perfect but Apizza won by a considerable margin, almost 30 votes. Apizza does have great pizza and a relaxing, clean atmosphere with owners and employees who take great pride in their craft. There is no doubt that if Apizza were in Salem they would be one of the restaurants raising the bar of quality for everyone. We will have another poll at the end of the year and you will have another opportunity to express your opinion on Restaurant of the Year. Thanks for reading.

Kerry said...

Just one question for Salem Man. How could they get 86 votes, when I seriously doubt they have ever sold 86 pizzas in a week. I work in downtown Stayton, and never see anyone there?????

Chuck Bradley said...

The raves on this and other sites enticed me to take the pleasant and sunny drive to Stayton. I had a slice of Pepperoni and Salami washed down with a frosty bottle of Anchor Steam beer. The first novelty I noticed was I was not allowed to take my beer out to the sidewalk tables. Apparently the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in collusion with the City of Stayton have come up with this bit of wisdom in yet another attempt to, in some obscure way, save we oafish plebeians from ourselves. The next was the unusual practice of baking the by-the-slice pieces after they're ordered. Great idea! In my experience, one usually gets to choose from a selection of pies that may, or may not, have been sitting under a heat lamp for some time. Although I was unable to discern how a "New Haven, CT style" pizza differs from a New York, I guess they can call their product whatever they want. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. Bottom line: Better than average pizza in a charming small town in the beautiful Willamette Valley. I recommend it.

Chuck Bradley said...

Sad to say, Apizza closed its doors for the final time today. I, for one pizza lover, lament its passing.

KandN said...

Very sad!

Salem Man said...

What a shame. That place was really good.

Anonymous said...

isn't it a little late for an April fool's joke?

I go on Holiday only to hear this bit of horrible news! I'm going to miss it sooo much. They made the best sausage, caramelized onion, black olive pizza around.

thnaks for all the great pies =(

Anonymous said...

they talked about coming to Salem please do hate losing a great restaurant very sad

Salem Man said...

I just sent the owner an email asking about what's happening. We loved their pizza and probably didn't get out there as often as we should have.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sad about this. It was one of our family's favorite places.