Panezanellie's -Sublimity

 
~KandN

(ownership has changed) On our way back home to Salem, a Sly & the Family Stone song, "It's a Family Affair", began running through my head - seemed so appropriate after dining at Panezanellie's, Wednesday evening. The thunderstorm, with it's whipping winds, made for a dramatic drive on the back roads to Sublimity, but thanks to google maps street view, we knew exactly what landmarks to look for and drove right to the restaurant. We parked in front and dashed to the front door.

The small shop/restaurant reminded me of grandma's house. It's jam packed with cookbooks, tea pots, knick knacks, etc. In the front dining area there are 3 small cafe tables. The order counter has a small display case with a pizza you can buy by the slice, right beside is a rack with loaves of bread for sale. On the opposite side is a larger deli display case with salads and if you turn around you'll find a small refrigerator with cannoli and gelato. Whew! So much to see and eat!


The friendly young woman behind the counter greeted us and handed us a menu. We compromised on a pizza pie - half Nellie Belle and half Old School. Then we each picked out a bottle of beer and sat at a cozy table for two next to a table with another couple. Our beautiful pizza arrived about 15 - 17 minutes later. The crust was thick, soft and slightly sweet. The sausage on Old School had a nice flavor with a zing, the peppers were sweet and fresh. I couldn't find one thing I didn't like - it was delicious pizza. Although, I will admit, the slight sweetness in the crust took a bite or two to get accustomed to.

N enjoyed the pizza, too, but wasn't as enthralled as I. He wished the sauce had some Italian spices added to it and overall more flavor.
The pie was so filling, we were only able to eat half. (I'm not complaining - I
love leftover pizza.) Also, due to our late arrival it was closing time - another reason to think about hitting the road. One of the owners, came out to the dining area to tidy up. He stopped and asked how we were doing and told us that the entire family works at the restaurant. As if on cue, a quarrel between siblings began in the kitchen. That's when the song began to run through my head -
"It's a family affair . . ."

{P.S. leftover update - It
was better fresh .}

111 NE Starr St.
Sublimity
, Oregon
503 767-7849

18 comments:

Salem Man said...

Wow, that looks like you're eating in someone's home kitchen. Sublimity is the best name for a town in all of Oregon.

KandN said...

It kind of felt that way, too. Although, I didn't spot Mom anywhere. :>)

Sublimity was one of the places we did our house hunting oh so long ago (maybe the name drew us in?). Then N began thinking of making that drive every day.

Alissa said...

I knew you guys would enjoy Panezanellie's, it's a favorite of my family, friends, and co-workers. So happy you enjoyed it! Next time you will have to try the sandwiches. My friend and I went there Friday and split a sausage & meatball sandwich. Holy moly, they are huge and you DEFINITELY have to split one. Huge, but OH SO GOOD! Also, you must try the pasta salad... fabulous! Oooh, this is making me hungry!

jeff said...

Been there, done that, prefer Apizza still. But we did end up buying some of the teapot/cups as Christmas presents.

Anonymous said...

We absolutely love this place. The food is so delicious and fresh. We have been 20+ year fans of a restaurant that this owner originally started that he later sold.

Anonymous said...

Did you get the bread sticks with the red sauce!

OMG!

KandN said...

Liseanne and I did stop by on our way back from an errand this afternoon. We each ordered a slice from the tempting pizza (and delicious) in their case--a slice that nearly covered the entire paper plate--and sat outside on their patio, waiting for our order of breadsticks. I added the pictures to the slideshow above.

Anonymous said...

The place is soo awesome very cute Best sticky roll and coffee ive ever had already knew the pizza and breadsticks were the best in Oregon A must try place out in the country

Anonymous said...

Best flippin breadsticks ive ever tasted & the cheesesteak sandwich is a definite bomb

Anonymous said...

John Gates the owner of this place used to own "Givoanni's Pizza" on Highway 22 just outside Mill City, Or (30 miles from stayton/sublimity. They owned Giovanni's about 16 years ago. When my family heard they were back in Sublimity, under a new name, we were ecstatic! we eat there about once a month and order original breadsticks. We also get sticky buns, you won't find any place like this TRUE ITALIAN restaurant anywhere, except maybe Italy. 20.00 dollars for your choice of toppings and less than $7.95 (I think, 7.95) for 6 breadsticks and not sure on the sticky bun price. Who can resist this?!!! 1 slice of pizza and 1 breadstick, I'm full. Where as a frozen or "fast food" pizza (Figaro's, safeway, etc) I could eat the whole thing and still not be full.

Anonymous said...

It's actually Cates, not gates.

Chuck Bradley said...

A little disappointing…… My brother and I stopped in for a quick by-the-slice pizza lunch. They only had two varieties. We each had a pepperoni, sausage with what appeared to be peperoncini sliced peppers and onion. The crust was thick (I prefer thin crust pizza) and they were served from under a heat lamp which was not quite doing its job. It was not bad, but not nearly as good as previous reviews led me to expect.

Anonymous said...

bar non THE BEST Pizza, breadsticks EVER!!!!

Anonymous said...

NO....it is actually GATES.

I have eaten several times at this restaurant and love everything they serve! Their cobblers are exceptional as well!

Anonymous said...

Only a couple of words...

A person is crazy to not love this place!!

Anonymous said...

It is Cates. I went to school with their family.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is Cates, not Gates. We are fellow Sublimity friends and neighbors of the Cates family. Jon is having a hard time with cancer right now, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. You CAN beat this Jon!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

We were taking a drive and stopped in for the breadsticks. They were were huge but not very good. Greasy and the use of yellow cheese was odd.

It is a cute place, and if I'm in the area, I'll definitely check out their sweets.