Posted: Sunday 14th October, 2012

Pizzeria Italia in downtown Barrie

Anyone who loves Italian food in Barrie knows that Pizzeria Italia is the place to go. This family-run restaurant has been in business for years and has a great reputation in the community for their authentic cuisine and cozy atmosphere, nestled near the city’s core. If you’re looking for pizza or any kind of pasta, their delicious menu contains items to dine in or take out. This is a must-stop for anyone visiting the area for lunch or dinner. It’s also just minutes away from the waterfront.

The food here is amazing quality, always served at the perfect temperature and fresh from the kitchen. The servers are friendly and make sure you have what exactly what you need. Fresh bread is also served with every entrée so you have something to munch on while you’re waiting, or something to dip into their delicious homemade tomato sauce if you order one of their pastas. For years, one of my favourite items on the menu has been the manicotti, which I would argue is the best in town. Spinach and cheese is rolled into pasta, covered in a rich tomato sauce and plenty of mozzarella cheese with a Parmesan drizzle on top. There’s also cannelloni for meat lovers, which is the same thing just with meat filling.

Pizzeria Italia is evidently known for its delicious, homemade-style pizza. They serve the best Mediterranean pizza I’ve ever had; it’s a great vegetarian option. The sundried tomatoes and chunks of feta cheese are to die for. They also have amazing Caesar salad, which is a great way to start off your meal. Their creamy Caesar dressing isn’t as heavy as some at other restaurants, and the croutons are delicious. I usually avoid them at any other restaurants, but these ones are irresistible. You also have to try Brio to drink; it tastes like Coke and root beer mixed together. It’s always my drink of choice, and this is one of the few restaurants that offers it on the menu.

One of the things that makes this restaurant unique is its long-standing reputation for excellence. The difference is that this business has been passed down through the same family for generations. In a society of fast-food chains, Pizzeria Italia offers something different in both its atmosphere and food quality. The restaurant seats about fifty people, but larger tables are available for parties, business lunches, or large families.

Parking is available along Mulcaster and Dunlop St.

Pizzeria Italia
18 Mulcaster St, Barrie, ON
705.728.1421

-Written by: Hannah Guirguis

Hannah Guirguis is a freelance writer from Barrie, Ontario.

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