South Bibb County residents, rejoice! You can now enjoy unique, bountiful Italian and sports bar food at excellent prices, right in your neighborhood.
Mr. Pizza, located at 4126 Hartley Bridge Road, has taken a family recipe for dumplings - yes, dumplings - and turned it into restaurants in three locations, in Statesboro, Savannah and now Macon. The dumpling dough makes the pizza very soft, so it's not New York chewy and it's not chain-store greasy. The prices are tremendously good and you'll feel immediately comfortable surrounded by neighborhood families and friends.
Let's start with the pizza choices: Your choices are a 14-inch large and the 20-inch X-Large. Everything comes to you in a to-go box, so leftovers are expected. Three of Mr. Pizza's specialty pizzas are Taco, Deluxe, and BBQ, each for $14.95 or 19.95, and the EBA (Everything But Anchovies) is a great deal at only $15.95 for the large and still $19.95 for the X-Large.
The cheese pizza is only $10.95/$14.95, with $1 per additional topping for the large and $1.75 per topping on the X-Large. The biggest hit at our table, though, was the white pizza: It's the same price as the regular cheese pizza, but is loaded with homemade garlic sauce, ricotta and mozzarella. It made our red-sauce-averse eater extremely happy; he's been trying to get the same white pizza at other pizza restaurants and it just doesn't seem to exist anywhere else.
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Like any smart restaurant, they make their ingredients do double duty. The 14-inch calzones are made from the same dumpling dough and are loaded with cheeses and your choice of five toppings, an exceptionally good deal at $9.95. They use the same pizza dough for their cheese sticks and bread sticks, both of which come with dipping sauce, and they also use it for their sweet sticks that come with cream cheese icing, cinnamon and sugar on top.
But there's more to Mr. Pizza than just pizza. A rib snack of 1/2 pound of ribs, bread sticks and a side salad is available for $8.95. There's also the hickory-smoked BBQ, available by the pound or in a sandwich.
We didn't try the Philly sandwich for $6.95 or the Big Chicken BLT for the same price, but they sound good, and everyone in the restaurant looked happy with their orders. For the diet-conscious, there's a grilled chicken salad for $5.95. It's big, so you won't feel deprived next to your pizza-chomping friends.
They regularly have coupons at the store, so stop by on your way home today and at least pick up some of those. The best coupon deal is the large specialty, 10 wings and a bottle of Coke for $17.99. Another good buy is the lunch special: For just $2.79 you get two slices and a drink.
Perhaps the best news of all: They deliver. So pick up those coupons, put them by the phone in the kitchen, and order when ready. You'll get piping-hot, homemade pizza, super-fast and super-cheap.
4126 Hartley Bridge Road
Two and a half stars
Phone: (478) 781-3544
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit card
Children's menu: Yes
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Noise level: Low
Health code: 94
Price range: $5.95-$19.95