Five Horses at LaRosa’s Pizzeria
This location offers a wide menu variety, take out, dine in , and delivery.
Several Menu Items
LaRosa’s Pizzeria, a new stop for us. Just opening in a new development off of Cedar Bluff, this franchise for what seems to be a long running restaurant concept from the north, is something the wife and I decided we would try out.
Upon entering, they really have a very clean environment, we were sat pretty quickly and began reading the menu. It did take the server some time to come over. The restaurant did not seem busy, only a few tables, but it seemed like the two servers that were on duty at the time was not enough to handle the number of guests. That being said, she was friendly, but did come with a few quirks.
We started off with ordering some appetizers. We ordered Pepperoni Rondos, ($4.53 a special combo price being offered) and also the Spicy hot cheese dip ($3.47 a special price as well)
The Pepperoni Rondos were these little baked dough things. Pretty technical nomenclature there. They were rolled like a cinnamon roll would be, and inside they place some pepperonis and seemed like garlic butter. They were a bit greasy, but came out hot and fresh, they were pretty good. You’ll need some napkins for your fingers for sure.
The Spicy Hot Cheese Dip was another story. We were not fans of this item. It was like a poor take on beer cheese, loaded with what seemed to be sausage and served with potato chips. Potato chips did not make a good dipping item for this, and the dip got old pretty quickly. After a couple chips we had enough and pushed it aside.
Next comes out the official tossed salad. It was a basic salad. nothing special. What was really funny, was the server brought it out wearing two blue rubber gloves. I was wondering, are they carrying out all the food with rubber gloves? Never seen this before. Thought I was in a Bio lab or something. That wasn’t the case though, no other courses came in this manner. Apparently the servers make the salads there. Guess she just forgot to take the gloves off. Or maybe they want them to leave them on. Who knows, it was weird though.
Our meal at this point seems to be dragging on. It took a really long time to get our appetizers, seemed maybe the server forgot to ring them in. After sitting and waiting for some time, she walked by and recited the appetizers we ordered, almost as if she was verifying. A few minutes later they came out. She seemed to be talking to herself but was really friendly at the table. On the radio the rolling stones hit “Wild Horses” was playing. We heard our server walking around singing along. Only she renamed the song to “Five Horses” Pretty funny.
Here come our entrees. Spaghetti with sauce and meatballs, ($9.29) and a Baked Buddy Hoagy ($6.49 and fries $1.80)
The spaghetti and meatballs was ok. The food was not hot, just warm. No steam to be mentioned of and the meatballs were not hot in the middle. The balls did have a good flavor and texture, and the sauce was delicious. One of my Meatballs was only a piece of one however. Maybe about a 40% ball.
Now here is where I say something I have never said before. When I order food I like it saucy. Pizza? Extra sauce please…. Spaghetti? Extra sauce please… This spaghetti came out with so much sauce, it turned me off. Can you believe it? Too much sauce for me. I did have enough for leftovers and had them the next day. If this dish had a little less sauce, and was hot, it would be pretty darn good. The breadsticks were good and I did use them to scoop up some of that tomato sauce.
Overall, LaRosa’s Pizzeria is about what we expected. The location is convenient and clean. The staff friendly albeit could be more attentive. The service was slower than hoped but their menu had some good offerings. We will be back but we are going to try a pizza. It’s in their name so it better be good. I recommend you give them a try as well. Surprisingly, they also provide delivery to a small area. That is uncommon for full service restaurants.
Location, Clean, Friendly, Delivery Offered, Good Value
Slow Service, Average Food (Didn't try pizza)