When we heard there was a new pizzeria in Orleans serving thin crust pizzas with cool toppings, we couldn’t wait to try it. Ames Pizzeria in the Hilltop Plaza did not disappoint. The menu features house made items and high quality meats. Pizzas come in either 12 inch size or a whopping 18 inches. There is also a gluten free crust on the menu and a nice selection of sandwiches and salads.
The pizzeria has a small interior with three booths, two high top tables and a counter by the window where people can stand and enjoy a slice. We opted for take-out because we enjoy a glass of red wine with our pizza. All the food we ordered carried out very well and was still piping hot when we arrived home.
We were a crowd of five and as so often happens when a menu excites us, we ordered way too much food. It was not a problem because the leftovers disappeared incredibly quickly. Not picking up on the fact the pizzas are 18 inches, we ordered two larges from the specialty red pizza menu ($21.50 each plus $2.25 for extra toppings).
As we hoped, the pizza crust was fabulous. It reminded me of a pizza I’d tried years ago in New Haven, which is well known for its amazing pizza. The crust was indeed thin, but crispy enough not to bend when you picked up a slice. It also had a nice fresh flavor.
The Veggie Lovers pizza was loaded with a combination of fresh mushrooms, onions, broccoli, diced tomatoes, baby spinach and artichoke hearts. The vegetables were all perfectly bite sized so as not to overwhelm the thin crust. It was a pizza we will order again.
The Cheeseburger pizza was topped with chunks of meatballs, diced bacon and extra cheese. My guys added caramelized onions and pickles because that’s the way they roll, and it proved to be a winning combination. The toppings weren’t as plentiful as the Veggie Lovers, but the bacon had a lovely smoked flavor and the meatballs were amazing enough that a meatball sub is in our future.
Our granddaughter ordered and ham and cheese sub ($8.50). It was a 10 inch heated sub filled with a great tasting ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise. She enjoyed it very much and ate her leftovers for breakfast the next day. The Italian sub ($8.50) was equally good. It came with more high quality meats (ham, salami and capicola) along with provolone cheese, banana peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and hot pepper relish.
We also ordered a large antipasto salad ($12), that we saved for dinner the following night because we simply had too much food. The salad came with fresh romaine, roasted red peppers, seedless Kalamata olives, banana peppers and tomatoes. It was topped with a generous amount of ham, salami and provolone cheese, rolled up and cut into attractive pin wheels. It was large enough to serve four people as a side salad with dinner.
Best of all the Greek salad dressing we chose was homemade and delightfully flavorful. We always make our own dressing at home, so I can never figure out why all chefs don’t do this. Fresh made dressing is quick, inexpensive and doesn’t have all the chemicals that bottled dressings have.
The bottom line is that Ames is amazing and we’ve found a new favorite pizza joint. We can’t wait to go back and try the Puttanesca pizza with Kalamata olives, capers, fresh tomatoes, garlic and anchovies upon request. We wish owner Amy Martin much success in her new venture.
Ames Pizzeria, 180 Route 6A, Orleans, 508-255-7125