At Nittany Pizza, Cheese Pies with a Side of Football
From our fans:
Definitely try it out!
The staff informed me when my order would be ready, and it was. the wait was average (20 minutes) and the food was good! i'm loving the pizza bread they use for sandwiches. i ordered a veggie calzone and it was great! it appears that if you time your visit so it's not during a busy movie time, you're better off... i'll definitely go back! : )
They have so much more than pizza, I found out as I glanced onto their menu, inside the restaurant. I was immediately greeted and placed my order.
I decided that I would also purchase wings, as the "tsunami buffalo" seemed like something I might like. The inside of the restaurant was not completely finished, but that didn't matter at all.
We ordered carry out, so we quickly took it home. I thought this pizza was great. The crust was perfect. I especially loved the fact that the meats and veggies were a nice size.
The wings were meaty, plump and moist. They had a great flavor, and the wings were nicely coated in wing sauce. A great first experience. You better believe I'll be back!
|by ERIN JAMES
The York Dispatch
Tom Drivas couldn't believe what Google was telling him. In Arkansas, there was Razorback Pizza. In Michigan, there was Wolverine Pizza. And, in Ohio, there was Buckeye Pizza.
But, in Pennsylvania, "there was no Nittany Pizza," Drivas said.
"I thought, 'Haha, there we go!'" he said.
Born of that revelation is a new restaurant in York. Nittany Pizza opened last week at the Queensgate Shopping Center, 2073 Springwood Road.
Drivas, a graduate of William Penn Senior High School, said he is a lifelong Penn State fan who's betting there's a customer base out there that feels the same way.
At Nittany Pizza, customers can order sandwiches named after Joe Paterno, Kijana Carter and Franco Harris. For $7.99, you can order a hamburger topped with chicken tenders, fries and mozzarella cheese called the Frat Boy. (The Sorority Girl, a grilled chicken sandwich with Italian dressing, costs $5.99.)
Some sandwiches are also named after Penn State rivals -- including the Buckeyes and Wolverines.
Drivas, 46, said he recommends the wraparitos, a fusion of wrap- and burrito-style sandwiches stuffed with meat, cheese fries and coleslaw.
And, of course, there's pizza. Slices are $1.99 each, plus 35 cents per topping.
Vegetarian and vegan customers will be able to buy some hard-to-find options at Nittany Pizza. Drivas said he "wasn't sure York was ready for vegan sandwiches," but curious would-be customers kept asking about it.
Nittany Pizza can put a vegan spin on many of its items -- like pizza and quesadillas -- by substituting Daiya cheese, made from tapioca and arrowroot flour, for the real thing. The menu also offers specialty vegetarian sandwiches like the Sophomore, which features Daiya cheese, breaded mock chicken, hot sauce, lettuce and tomato.
When profits pick up, Drivas said he plans to adopt Thon -- Penn State's annual dance marathon that raises money for pediatric cancer research -- as the restaurant's house charity.
Twelve- and six-packs of beer will soon be available to go.
Nittany Pizza is open Sundays through Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant offers food delivery at a cost of $1.75 within a five-mile radius. The phone number is 717-650-2648.
Ramsey M. Los Angeles, CA 5/5/2012