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Title Houston Voice, No. 1182, June 20, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 20, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript ■ HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com JUNE 20, 2003 17 dining j.a. chapman Delicious pizza, subs and more served up to delight patrons at this family eatery Ponzo's a Midtown gem TUCKED AWAY IN A MIDTOWN STRIP center is an unexpected slice of pizza heaven. Ponzo's is a small, family-owned place, serving up pizza, subs and a few more Italian standards. Don't let the unassuming exterior fool you: Ponzo's is a true neighborhood joint with some of the best pizza around. I took along a friend who considers himself something of a New York style pizza expert. Being the purist, he insisted we start with a slice of plain cheese pizza ($1.-50) to properly assess the quality of the crust, sauce and cheese. A perfectly crispy crust provided the base for the zesty sauce, rich with tomato and oregano. Just the right amount of cheese topped it off and, as my friend noted, they'd browned it for a moment to add a hint of crispiness — a nice touch. He gave the pizza high marks, and had to admit it rivaled his favorite pizza in Houston. We also ordered a slice of Ponzo's deluxe ($3) to provide a comparison. The same excellent crust, sauce and cheese provided the base, and it came loaded with toppings. High quality meats, including sliced — not crumbled — Italian sausage, were a treat, and the one slice was almost a meal in itself. The pizza is great, but it's not the only thing on the menu. The huge calzone ($7.50) arrived on a pizza platter, pre-cut for easy access. It easily served two people. While the crust was excellent, overall the calzone was a bit bland. The homemade marinara served on the side had good flavor, but was disappointingly watery and didn't add a lot. A better choice was the cheese ravioli ($7.25). While the ravioli themselves were somewhat thin and unremarkable, the traditional meat sauce more than made up for it. A richly layered blend of tomato, oregano, garlic and fennel, it made the dish. We found ourselves breaking off pieces of the excellent calzone crust and dipping them in the sauce, for our own Italian creation. Being primarily a takeout joint, Ponzo's doesn't have a liquor license, but they'll set you up with chilled glasses if you bring your own. Spec's is conveniently located across the street, or you can go next door to the Dog House Tavern and grab a beverage of your choice. PONZO'S ALSO SERVES HOT AND COLD subs. The Mouthwatering Meatball sub ($6 for a nine-inch) was a hearty interpretation of an old classic. The large, spicy meatballs were a treat and clearly homemade. Served in an outstanding crusty sub roll, topped with more of that delicious meat sauce and a bit of romano cheese, this sandwich was a real meal. As good as the meatball sub was, even better was the Ponzo's Original Sub ($6 for a nine-inch). A toasted sub roll is loaded with hard salami, cotto salami, mortadella, pro- volone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and diced pepperoncini, and topped with Ponzo's orig inal vinaigrette. With high quality meats and cheeses, sweet and spicy pepperoncini making it zing and the vinaigrette melding the flavors, this sub is the real deal. During the hot summer months, a cool sub like Ponzo's Original really satisfies. Ponzo's is something of a family tradition. The original Ponzo's was in California, and run by the grandparents of the owners here. There are photos of the old place and of the movie stars who ate there hanging on the wall here. Copies of the grandparents' Ellis Island entrance certificates add to the homey feel. Our waitress tried to talk us into trying a cannoli for dessert, but when we saw them lined up the cooler, covered with colored sprinkles, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with maraschino cherries, we just couldn't do it. A great cannoli doesn't need to be tarted up. We opted for the cheesecake ($2.50) instead. I wondered if a pizza joint could make a good cheesecake, but I shouldn't have worried. It was so light and creamy it had to be made with mascarpone, not the cream cheese that typifies most American cheesecakes. Even the graham cracker crust was still crunchy. It was an ideal end to a very satisfying meal. As we sat outside at one of the three checkered cloth-covered tables, sipping our wine and enjoying the breeze through the old live oaks, Ponzo's seemed like the perfect neighborhood spot. Locals from the surrounding Midtown apartments and town- homes kept stopping by to pick up a pizza or dine in. The aroma of garlic and tomatoes wafted through the air. It's just what you imagine your neighborhood pizzeria should be. Midtown is lucky to have it. Ponzo's 2515 Bagby Houston, TX 77006 713-526-2426 www.ponzos.com Food: W WWW Service: WWW n Value: WWWH Scene: WWW •"= Stay home and eat cereal WW= Well, if you really must 111- Fine for all but the finnicky W W W W=Worth more than a 20-minute drive W W W W W=As good as you'll find in this city i4tATt>t IMktVstf PRESENTS "If you have tdTSkr-y ou'sfioTJIdn't come" Mature Audiences - Strong Language - Nudity written by Robert Chesley Directed by Joe Watts Starring Brett Cullum & Glen Fillmore Through JULY 12th • Fridays and Saturdays Curtain: 8PM • Tickets: S20 • Reservations 713-522-2204 &3 r*™>ttm 1415 California St. Houston, Texas 77006 1 % Lunch Buffet 1 1 am - 2pm Dinner 5pm - 10pm Sunday Special: Bottomless Mimosas and Belinis All Day! TASTE OF MEXICO OPEN 24 HRS. EXCEPT TUES/WED NIGHTS CLOSE 3AM-6AM 813 RICHMOND AVE. • 1 BLK E OF MONTROSE 713.522.2365 BEST TAMALES • QUESADILLAS MENUDO • FAJITAS • CALDOS AWARD WINNING MARGARITAS SPECIAL OF THE MONTH • 1.99 FROZEN MARGARITAS •1.99 HUEVOS RANCHEROS TREAT YOUR SELF TO OUR ORIGINAL MEXICAN FOOD. ALWAYS FRESH, AT AFFORABLE PRICES. TO GO ORDERS WELCOME: 713-522-2365.
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