Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 101

our taste: PIZZA The Pizza Place — A Grand Slice of Life Weatherford gem where community involvement is a culture T The Pizza Place is open in Weatherford 11:00AM through 9:00PM Located at 1218 South Main street in Weatherford and can be reached at 817-594-0591 or 817-594-0592. You can also find them at Weatherford Foodie can be found at weatherfordfoodie. com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Urbanspoon, Foursquare, and Pinterest SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY he restaurant opened in 1975 and has become a community institution thanks to the leadership of owner Roger Grizzard. Just about everyone who grew up in Weatherford either ate there, worked there or both. This is one of the many reasons why The Pizza Place has been voted Weatherford Small Business of the Year, why owner Roger Grizzard, a retired economics teacher from WISD, has been awarded the James Doss Award for Community Service, Citizen of the Year by the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce among many other awards for community service. It’s also why Parker County Today presents a Roger Grizzard Teaching Award each year during the Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes Gala. Roger believes that community involvement is paramount. Walking up to the front of the Pizza Place building, next to the entry door are several window stickers showing various forms of community support and involvement. You enter and approach the main counter to place your order. The menu offers many different types of pizza, salad, spaghetti and lasagna. I ordered a large half cheeseburger and sampler pizza, was given an oversized playing card (six of spades) and told they would call the playing card when my pizza was ready. I grabbed my card, filled up my drink glass and proceeded to the dining area. I encountered an ample-sized eating area with a mix of booths and tables to accommodate just about any size party. There’s additional seating upstairs as well as a special table and seating for children. I was awestruck by the number of pictures and plaques on every wall, mostly local teams and some national, but definitely locally focused. While waiting for your fresh food, you can watch the large screen television or play one of the arcade games available. I played some games and then sat down to await my pizza bounty. The food is made from scratch with fresh dough, sauce and ingredients, the hamburger and sausage are also cooked to order. I was very pleased to see my pizza was to be cooked in a real pizza oven giving it a uniquely pleasing flavor you only get from that type of oven. This is not fast food and it tastes like it. Soon my pizza arrived, just as ordered, and was almost too hot to eat. The taste was extremely fresh as every ingredient was flavorful and delicious. The crust was perfectly cooked and melted in my mouth. The taste is the reason The Pizza Place has been voted the best pizza in Weatherford four times so far. I was unable to finish all the pizza so I took the remainder home to enjoy later. I plan to come back to enjoy the lunch specials between 11am and 2pm daily to sample some of the other treats. I have been to The Pizza Place more times than I can count and I will be back again to support an excellent local business. 99