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Bites Nearby: Giuseppe's Pizzeria

The newly-opened restaurant caters to simple Italian tastes.

opened in Montrose just a couple months ago and there has been a lot of buzz surrounding this casual Italian eatery. The restaurant took over the space . Though Giuseppe's is new, they have already jumped into the local community by supporting children's sporting teams.

I met my husband at for lunch and noticed that the tables outside are clad in red and white check tablecloths that remind me of the spaghetti and meatball scene from "Lady and the Tramp." The interior is very casual in nature, from the bar stools at the tables made of giant barrels to the brick accents and distressed wooden floors. Flat screen TV's were mounted in every corner of the restaurant, much to the delight of my husband, who kept up on the sports scores while we chatted over lunch.

The menu at Giuseppe's is remarkably small, but specialized. Sometimes fewer choices are better, especially for someone like me who can take forever to decide on what to order. There are appetizers, salads, pizza and pasta. I decided on the sweet potato gnocchi for an appetizer plus their daily pizza and salad lunch special.

When the gnocchi arrived I was a little disappointed because they weren't like traditional gnocchi pasta. They were slightly breaded sweet potatoes served with a side of ranch dressing. Word to the wise- let them cool off before you take a bite. It's sweet potato lava inside. Once they had a chance to cool off they were actually quite tasty, but not really "gnocchi" at all.

Each table is served up a round loaf of Italian bread topped with sesame seeds. Their house salad dressing is a perfect blend of olive oil, vinegar, and Italian spices. I asked for extra to dip my bread in.

The pizza is thin crust and covered in tons of cheese, almost so much that you cannot even see the crust. My husband ordered the meatball and sausage plate that comes with three large meatballs and two large Italian sausages drenched in homemade marinara sauce. I stole a couple bites off his plate and the sausage was very good while the meatballs were perfect. The marinara made perfect dipping sauce for my bread and has a very robust flavor.

Giuseppe's serves up unique desserts every day. The day I visited was "create your own sundae" dessert. Vanilla ice cream was accompanied by hot fudge, caramel, cherries and sprinkles. It made me think how a simple hot fudge sundae may be one of the most perfect desserts.

Overall, Giuseppe's is a family-friendly restaurant caters to simple Italian tastes and casual dining. They are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and closed on Mondays.

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Mary Dawson July 08, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I really enjoyed this article and am looking forward to trying Giuseppe's. I am sharing this on the Montrose Shopping Park Facebook page. :-)
Cassandra Morris July 08, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Thanks so much for posting our story, Mary! I actually haven't tried Giuseppe's yet either, but I keep meaning to go.

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