It's the beginning of a new year and the Buds have nothing but the best of intentions. In fact we are calling it now: 2013 is going to be the best year EVER!
While we're sure a great deal of Americans resolved to 'go on a diet', the Buds decided to do just the opposite. Yep, we went all in for one of our favorite indulgences: pizza! And let us just tell you it was worth it!
The Pizza Shack, located on Woodrow Ave. just across the street from St. Clairsville High School, is a carry out shop that makes pizzas, subs, breadsticks and salads. The Buds have been meaning to stop for some time but hadn't had the chance because they usually "Bud" during lunch hours and the Pizza Shack opens at 4 p.m.
Breadsticks with sauce
Even before entering the building, the aroma of freshly baked dough had the Buds' mouths watering. To us, there's just nothing better than homemade pizza crust!
The menu at the Pizza Shack features small, medium and large pies which can be topped with the usual choices: pepperoni, sausage, banana peppers, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives. Depending on how it's topped, the pizzas range in price from $6.25 to $15.95. French bread pizza is also on the menu and rings in at $2 per slice. Breadsticks with cheese and sauce are another popular item at the Pizza Shack and they ring in at 7 bucks even. Non-pizza choices include $4 subs: hot sub, Italian, ham and cheese, salami, meatball, pepperoni and Italian sausage and small or large chef salads.
After waiting for their orders, the Buds endured the ride home with the goods which really tested their willpower.
Bud Em ordered a small works pizza which was topped with all available pizza toppings and cut into six thick slices. The thick, homemade, crust was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. The pie was loaded with plenty of veggies as well as pepperoni, sausage and a generous covering of gooey mozzarella. Needless to say, it didn't last very long at all!
Bud Shaunna, having seen them being prepared for another customer, ordered the breadsticks. These were not your standard dry, crusty breadsticks. These were fresh dough shaped into the size of a large pizza, covered with mozzarella cheese, and then sliced into small sticks. In addition, it was served with four sauces, which meant there was plenty for everyone. Bud Shaunna barely set the box on the counter before her hungry (and nibby) hubby had his hands in it. The breadsticks also tasted just a good the next day reheated in the toaster oven. Totally worth the indulgence!
In addition to the breadsticks, Bud Shaunna also ordered a French bread pizza. The personal-sized slice had a thick, crunchy crust and was topped with cheese, pepperoni and a sweet tomato sauce. It was the perfect compliment to the breadsticks.
Next dinner time you're hankerin' for pizza, why not try out the Pizza Shack in St. Clairsville? Believe us when we say it's worth the diet "cheat"!
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com