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Taste Buds: Belmonte's Pizza

Buds thrilled with Weirton pizza shop

October 18, 2012
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

IT's too bad the Buds don't live just a little bit closer to Weirton.

On the other hand, maybe it's better that they don't. Because if they did, they would be eating waaaayyy too much Belmonte's Pizza. And that is no lie - bigger pants would definitely be necessary!

Located on Pennsylvania Ave. in Weirton, Belmonte's Pizza offers patrons a whopping variety of Italian specialties of the most delicious persuasion every day for pick up or delivery. But with so many tempting options to choose from, ordering is sure to be a difficult decision. (We are speaking from experience here!)

Belmonte's Pizza offers pizza by the tray as well as white pizzas, specialty pizzas and Thinsations. All made on homemade crust with their own sauce, there is sure to be a pizza to please anybody! Some of the more interesting specialties include the Gyro pizza (lamb, cheese, lettuce, tomato and cucumber dressing - Opa!); red or white clam pizza; and buffalo chicken pizza (roasted chicken, Belmonte's hot sauce and ranch/cheese blend).

Belmonte's also offers 8 inch subs on homemade panini featuring roasted chicken, Italian, steak, and homemade sausage or meatball. Folks may also order fresh salads, calzones, pepperoni rolls and pastas. The pastas entrees - stuffed shells, stuffed rigatoni, cavatelli, tortellini and manicotta - all include choice of a side salad or cheesy garlic bread. They also offer the unique option of getting any of their pizzas to take and bake.

Faced with settling on what to order, the Buds decided to tag team it by ordering a little bit of everything.

Bud Em opted to get the order of stuffed rigatoni with cheesy bread as the side. A healthy portion of cheese-stuffed rigatoni was topped with Belmonte's own marinara sauce and sprinkled with shredded Provolone cheese. The lunch, which rang in at just $4.99, was an incredible bargain. An incredibly TASTY bargain! The sauce just may have been Bud Em's favorite marinara yet - the perfect blend of sweetness and spices. The side of garlic bread was also delicious, and there was plenty of it. Bud Em would definitely order one of these pastas again.

Bud Shaunna, knowing she had a hungry Bud Hubby at home who would help her sample, ordered a small buffalo chicken pizza but got it as a "take and bake" - meaning Belmonte's prepares it but doesn't bake it and they send you home with heating instructions. The first thing Bud Shaunna and Bud Hubby realized was it was so good that we should have ordered a larger pizza! The crust was crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, and was some of the best tasting crust we ever ate. Bud Hubby lamented that he wished it had more sauce, but Bud Shaunna thought it was a perfect combination of chicken, cheese and sauce. We'd like to taste this one as a calzone - YUM-O!

And speaking of calzones, Bud Shaunna also ordered a calzone with cheese, red and green peppers, onions and mushrooms and a pepperoni roll. The calzone was MASSIVE. It was made with that same delicious crust, and the filling was quite good. Bud Hubby enjoyed his pepperoni roll, as it was chock full of slices of spicy pepperoni.

As the Buds were gathering up their boxes, the friendly lady behind the counter informed them that Belmonte's now makes homemade soup. In fact, she made us wait while she scooped samples into large carryout containers for each of us to try. This was a wedding soup without noodles, filled with mini meatballs and shredded chicken - what a tasty combo! The spinach was also fresh and plentiful. We highly recommend the soup!

The Buds will gladly make a return trip to Belmonte's - while wearing our "eatin' pants" of course!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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