As far as family friendly dining goes, Allens Stone-Baked Pizzeria delivers.
The Warner Robins pizzeria does deliver, of course, and has a thriving take-out business. But you cant get a pizza fresher than one served at the location directly across from the Gallerias movie theater.
The pizza you get will have a nicely baked thin crust and some pretty flavorful toppings. Some of us thought the sauce lacked flavor, coming out only with tomato and no basil or oregano accents. But of a Telegraph-backed taste panel, the smallest loved it. Elementary school-age kids put away the cheese pizza quickly. Teenagers inhaled breadsticks covered with garlic butter and bits of mozzarella.
Adults were pretty happy, too, even as their tastes strayed from the simplest flavors.
A co-worker loved a New York-style pizza with green peppers and sausage. It was out of sight, he noted.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed a ham and onion pizza on one occasion. On another, when she had help from adults, she dug into the Grandma Garden, which substitutes olive oil for pizza sauce and adds spinach, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives and tomatoes. That seemed to be a hit with the three people eating it.
Prices are reasonable, particularly for the larger pizzas. A basic cheese pizza runs about $9 for the 12-inch, $11 for the 14-inch and $13 for the 18-inch. For the specialty pizzas such as Grandma Garden, the same sizes are $13, $16 and $18. We fed three kids and three adults for about $44, which seemed reasonable.
The restaurant is decorated oddly. Some walls bear childrens tributes to Allens in crayon. Others feature movie posters, like one from Scarface. The regular tables are fine. The booths are horribly uncomfortable.
In recent weeks, Allens has changed its menu, adding spaghetti and more sub sandwiches. It also has salads, stuffed portobello mushrooms, cinnamon sticks and cannoli. But its the pizza thats the draw at Allens, and you -- and any of your progeny -- wont be disappointed.
And a word to the wise: Remember how the biggest pizzas are a better deal? Its hard to find a better leftover cold pizza for breakfast than Allens. You cant lose.
Allens Stone-Baked Pizzeria
Address: 115A Margie Drive, Warner Robins
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-9 p.m. Sundays
Payment: Cash, credit, debit
Kids Menu: No, but all items are kid friendly
Noise Level: Moderate
Health Rating: 100
Price range: Entrees from $5.99
Rating: 3 1/2 stars