Durham Pizza Restaurant (4707 Hillsborough Rd) lives up to its website’s claim that it is “Much more than just Great Pizza.” For one thing, it has a pretty great website. Check it out. For another, it seems it would be a fun place to hang out. I think if I were a kid I would beg my parents to take me there every week, and if I were an adult who lived a lot closer to it I would probably go to the bar pretty often. For a third, it has a drive-thru window.
The place was very comfortable, family-friendly (as far as I could tell given that there were no families there; there were lots of child-drawn pictures on the wall) and pleasant. The service was great, with the caveat that we were there between lunch and dinner so it was pretty quiet. But I am a sucker for being called “sug” (however that is spelled). The prices were pretty average I think: we paid about $17 for a small pizza, meatball sub, side salad, and soda.
That is a meatball grinder (sub), which came with coleslaw and a pickle. They were not the most flavorful meatballs I have ever had, but it was hearty.
The pizza, though not fancy or exciting, was good. It reminded me of my childhood favorite–lots of mozzarella, slightly sweet sauce, and crusty but soft dough (they also offer thin crust, which I didn’t try). Because the menu is very long, and because there is what looks like a pretty cool bar (well-stocked, possibly smoky, definitely cozy looking and completely separate from the family-friendly main dining room), I’ll be going back.