After reading about a new pizza place which opened where Ted’s Pizza once stood in an article which appeared in Thisweek, I asked Mrs. Marcos if her and her husband would want to join us for lunch. Being that it wasn’t a Chili’s, she reluctantly agreed and we hooked up with them for lunch at Pilot Knob Pizzeria in Farmington this afternoon.
We arrived at about 12:30 and found one other table occupied inside. The place is nicely decorated and has seating for 20 to 25. There’s a large flat-screen TV on one wall and a regular TV in another corner. There are many booths and a few tables. While there is nothing fancy, this is a step above your typical hole in the wall pizza place.
After we sat down we were handed a simple one page menu (front and 1/4 of the back) which was printed on plain paper. I called yesterday to verify that they’d be open for lunch and to inquire as to what else they had on the menu other than pizza. I was told appetizers, spaghetti, salads, and calzones and that’s exactly what we saw today. I also inquired about the type of crust they made and was told, “thin crust but we can make it thicker if you’d like.” The pizzas were reasonably priced and started at $9.25 for a small (10″) cheese and went up from there. They had plenty of specialty pizzas which had varying degrees of ingredients but none of which I could recall at this point in time other than one that had sausage and sauerkraut. Kim and I decided on a medium (12″) mushroom with a thicker crust, cut properly, and set us back about $12.25. Kim also decided to order of onion rings for $4 with a side of ranch dressing for dipping. The Marcos family ordered a salad and a sausage, peppers, and onion calzone both of which would be shared.
After a short time the Marcos’ large salad came out and our hearty order of onion rings did as well. The onion rings were tasty, didn’t seem to be frozen, and came with a good sized cup of ranch. I am not usually an onion ring fan but these were damn good. Kim, who is an onion ring fan, enjoyed them immensely and later told me that she’d definitely return just for those.
Eventually our entrees were delivered and Mr. Marcos was happy with the size and thickness of the calzone and when they cut it open, I was surprised to see the size of the pieces of sausage. While the onions and green peppers looked as if they had been diced into oblivion, the sausage bits were still of a decent size. Our pizza was ok. It definitely wasn’t thick and when I folded it in half the crust broke into pieces letting me know that it was a little on the dry side for my tastes. The sauce was nothing special and there was enough, but not too much cheese, and while I could taste the mushrooms they definitely could have piled some more on IMHO.
Our bill came to about $18.50 before tip and seemed appropriate for what we ate today. While I’d like to see more menu items, if you’re into Midwestern pizza, I’m sure that Pilot Knob Pizzeria will be just fine for you. If you’re looking for something a little more authentic and with options other than pizza, a few appetizers, and calzones, you might want to try somewhere else.
Have you eaten at Pilot Knob Pizzeria? If so, what did you think? Comment on, I’d love to hear what you have to say.
Pilot Knob Pizzeria
18500 Pilot Knob Rd
Farmington, MN 55024
See all the photos from Pilot Knob Pizzeria on Flickr here.