While enjoying my daily hike a couple years ago, I noticed a new pizza restaurant had opened, located in a non-descript business park/shopping center, along Blue Oaks Blvd., in west Roseville, CA. I must have passed by this restaurant 50 times before noticing a banner, advertising, among other things, a "Slice and Pop" for $3.99, plus tax. I was in the mood for pizza, and today it sounded like a great idea to check out Pan Pizza and Wings, and enjoy a slice of pizza, along with a can of my favorite variety of soda pop.
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Photo: On today's morning walk, I passed by this banner for the 50th time, and I said to myself, "Self, it's time to pay a visit to Pan Pizza and Wings." The banner is on the sidewalk, facing the street, tied between two trees, but the restaurant is inside the business park. I must confess the banner drew me in, like a moth to a flame.
Photo: It's just before noon, Friday, September 24, 2021, and I've arrived at Pan Pizza and Wings to enjoy a slice of pizza, along with a soft drink. Boy, was I ever in for a pleasant surprise when I received two generous slices of pizza!
The restaurant is located in a business park, but also is a sort of shopping center, as the Blue Oaks side has other restaurants and retail businesses, and the north section is strictly offices and business.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, the order counter will grab your attention. The small, narrow "dining room," if you want to call it as such, features a few tables for two, each sparsely decorated with a napkin holder. The soft drink cooler is to your right, where you simply grab the drink that you've paid for. On the back wall, there is a television monitor and during the time of my visit, it was tuned to a college football game. The monitors above the counter showcase specials, but do not display the menu. The dining room is clean, and the decor is very Spartan, which is excactly what you'd expect.
The restaurant's menu is identical for in-house dining, and to-go orders, and is posted on the web site, along with paper copies that cater to the "to-go" diners. You can order online for pickup or delivery. During my visit to Pan Pizza and Wings, I was the only "in-house" diner, as all orders seemed to be "to-go" and ordered by phone, or online.
Photo: The first page of the menu is all about pizza and appetizers. The menu is printed, and there are copies on the order counter, and management will encourage you to take a copy home with you, for future business. The menu is listed on the restaurant's web site.
Photo: The "deal section" is listed on the second page of the menu. I went with the "Slice and Pop" offering, as it seemed perfect for today's lunch.
Photo: When you order a "Slice and Pop," you get to choose from whatever pizzas are in the glass display case, which is located on the order counter where you place your order. Today, my choices were "Meat Lover's, Hawaiian," or "American" pizzas. I went with "Hawaiian Pizza," as it seemed to be the right choice for an early Friday afternoon.
You make your choice of pizza, and staff will cut TWO generous slices from the pizza, place them on a paper plate, and microwave them for a minute or so, until they're hot. Meanwhile, you turn around to the soda cooler, grab a soda of your choice from several popular brands, pay for your meal, and you're ready to enjoy.
When your pizza is "nuked," your plate is handed to you, and it'll now be "pizza time."
"To-go" orders seem to be the favorite, as during my visit, I was the only person dining "in-house."
Photo: The soda cooler offers a wide array of popular brands. If you don't like soft drinks, bottled water and a modest selection of sport drinks are in the cooler. You simply grab whatever drink is included with your order, and enjoy.
Photo: Meet Manny, the owner, cook and host of Pan Pizza and Wings, as he brings my plate of two slices of pizza to me at the counter. Manny was super friendly, and provided outstanding service.
Photo: I'm ready to enjoy two slices of "Hawaiian Pizza" along with a can of Pepsi, at Pan Pizza and Wings, located in Roseville, CA.
Photo: From the three choices of pizza in the glass case, I chose a slice of "Hawaiian Pizza," along with a can of Pepsi as my soda. I was pleasantly surprised when Manny included TWO generous slices of his pizza, as the banner had advertised only "a slice." Great value!
The menu describes the pizza as, "Hawaiian Pizza, with pineapple, ham and bacon, with fresh Mozzarella," which is about as simple as it gets.
The foundation of any pizza is the crust and cheese, and the crust was solid, backed to a light brown, with a light layer of Mozzarella cheese. On top of the cheese were chunks of pineapple, along with diced ham, bacon bits, and additional melted cheese. Each piece of pizza was solid, contained the right topping-to-cheese ratio, and didn't "sag" when you picked it up to enjoy. The pizza was good - not great - and made for an inexpensive, satisfying lunch. What can I say about a cold can of Pepsi?
The pizza was definitely made ahead of time - most likely yesterday - and pulled from the display case, and heated on a microwave oven. Pan Pizza and Wings doesn't advertise gourmet pizza, and what you get is pre-made pizza, heated on a microwave. No worries, as the pizza is good, your lunch is quick, the owner is a super-friendly guy, and you can't beat the price.
Yes, I've enjoyed better pizza, but at $3.99 for TWO slices, along with your choice of soda, along with Manny's amazingly friendly service... what more could you ask for? When you're in the mood for a good, bargain-priced lunch of pizza, head over to Pan Pizza and Wings, located in Roseville, CA.
Pan Pizza and Wings
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