Here's some recent photos taken on a venture out to Apizza. It's worth the drive. You can tell that they use the finest ingredients by just looking at the pepperoni. Awesome atmosphere, clean and nice classical music playing for stress reduction.
281 N 3rd Ave (corner of Ida and 3rd), Stayton
Winter hours: Thurs-Sat, 4-9pm.
non-winter hours Tues-Sun, usually open for lunch and dinner (don't recall the hours)
This is the best pizza ever. Really. I have yet to ever find pizza that is anywhere near this good. That stuff you order from Domino's? That's not even pizza, with a spongy crust and over-processed toppings. And I'm not the only one who thinks so, seeing that the readers of this blog just voted it restaurant of the year. If you'd like to find out for yourself, check out Apizza this Saturday evening for the Eat Salem Apizza night. Mention the blog and you'll get 50% off your pizza if you dine in. Now that's generous!
Apizza (pronounced ah-BEETS) is modeled after the New Haven, Connecticut style pizza made famous and delicious by Pepe's Pizza. When I brought my New Englander step-dad to Apizza, he waxed nostalgic about the pizza in New Haven, then after eating his way through a combo pie, declared Apizza to be even better.
The pizza at Apizza has a thin, slightly charred, chewy crust. (The pizza in the pic is the most charred crust of any I've ever gotten there. It was a bit too charred, but not by much, and I still ate every bit of it). It's delicious. There's only one size pizza, a squarish 12-inch pie, and the toppings are somewhat limited, but that's intentional. The owners are very aware that too many toppings make a crust fall apart and get soggy. So the combo pies are carefully thought out according to weight and moisture to ensure that the pies are cooked through and the crust remains brown and crispy. I'm a fan of the meat pie, with sausage, salami, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce. I've heard fabulous things about the smashed potato pie, and it's next on my list to try.
In addition to the amazing pizzas, they have a really nice ceasar salad with homemade dressing. I know, you don't want to bother with salad with pizza this good, but it's worth it. They've also got a great selection of Boylan's sodas made with cane syrup, good local beers and a nice wine selection. The atmosphere inside is nicer than you'd expect for a pizza joint. Wood floors, nice lighting and high booth walls give it a slightly antique and cozy feel. You really wouldn't expect to find a place like this in Stayton, I sure was surprised. But now I look for reasons to head out there. And usually I order more pizza than I think we'll need. Chances are, you'll finish it, and if not, there are always leftovers!