Tonight we came into a little unexpected money and decided to go out for dinner. Kim had already told me that she wanted pizza, so what better way to get that and burn through the extra cash in our pocket but to head over to Ramy’s Pizzeria in Apple Valley to try it out?
We walked in at about quarter to 6 and were the only people inside. I grabbed a menu which we have already seen from bb stacker, and now a little better copy from dawnmarie, and gave it a once over. There were two specials on a chalkboard outside which had already caught my eye so after a quick menu scan and a question as to what the “garlic knots” were, I ordered both of the specials: a $3.99 gyro and a $4.99 Philly cheesesteak. Kim, sticking with the pizza theme, went with a mushroom and pepperoni calzone. All told, with Kim’s Coke (yes Mrs. Marcos, they have Coke, it’s safe for your visiting), our bill came to $18.56.
We took a seat near the front door and watched as four more people walked in and ordered. Kim immediately noticed the wall that they put up, and that dawnmarie mentioned, but I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t just a wall to walk around, nope, they cut the space in half and dropped the dead weight that plagued both of the previous restaurants that used to reside in this space. Aside from that, not much has changed and you can still see some of the wear and tear along the chair lines.
The two owners were busy prepping our meals and it was really nice to see them both working, not only for show but actually doing the work, almost in defiance of what so many other failed restaurant owners have been known to do even in their opening days. While our meals were cooking/baking, the owners brought desserts to those sitting in the restaurant. Kim and I received two unidentifiable desserts which I didn’t much care for. The first tasted a lot like perfume and the other, which a favorite for Kim, just didn’t do it for me but I’m not a dessert fan. Less than 15 minutes after we arrived my gyro and cheesesteak were on the table and Kim’s calzone was close behind.
The gyro was huge and when I mean huge, I mean that I could barely fit the fucker in my mouth (and I have a big mouth ;-)). It definitely could have been broken down into two smaller gyros and would have been easier to handle. While I was eating it the cucumber sauce was breaking the bread down and it was falling apart in my hands. Unfortunately for me the only napkins available were small cocktail type and they weren’t really helping me clean up after my messy self. The gyro was certainly not the best gyro I’ve ever had but it was definitely flavorful and one that was worth the $3.99 price tag.
The cheesesteak was also of a good size. I knew right from the time it came to the table that I’d be boxing up half for lunch tomorrow. While it had the usual peppers, onions, and mushrooms, the cheese was seriously lacking. This cheesesteak was worlds beyond what you can get at T.O.P.S. in Rosemount but it’s nothing like the real deal. Kim said it needed more cheese and definitely more mayo (which would be an easy fix, just ask for mayo). While this was not an authentic cheesesteak, it was certainly filling and the $4.99 I paid was worth it.
Kim’s calzone was also quite large (we brought home half of that as well) and came with a decent sized portion of marinara. It had some fresh basil chopped up on top and was packed with the ingredients Kim asked for. It was cooked to a golden brown and tasted good enough for Kim who seemed quite pleased with the dish.
While I was alternating between photos and food, the garlic knots I asked about before were delivered to our table. There were four little dough pieces tied into knots and topped with basil and garlic. They were so tasty that I said to Kim if they have late-night delivery (they do deliver already), this may be one of those things that I’d demand be on my doorstep in 20 minutes or less on one of those evenings I am craving a carbosnack. Yum.
All I can say is that the third time is probably the charm for this location. Kim said that instead of spending the entire ride home going “blech” like we were following our horrendous experience at Two Guys from Italy, we were giving our praises over how we’d love it if this place makes it.
That all said, if you’re in the South Metro and have not yet tried Ramy’s Pizzeria in Apple Valley, get out there and do so. The owners are friendly, the food is good, and the prices are fucking fantastic (if it wasn’t clear above, we basically ordered three full meals for less than $20). We’ve been asking for a place that serves good food cheap and fast with no frills and this definitely could be that place. This isn’t a place I believe that you need to drive from Minneapolis to try but it’ll definitely beat out what you’ll find at almost any other South Metro establishment.
Ramy’s Pizzeria & Mediterranean Cuisine
15265 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124
See all the pictures from Ramy’s Pizza on Flickr here.