Pappas Style Kitchen

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Steve suggested a trip to Pappas Style Kitchen this week for lunch.  He had been there for dinner once recently and wanted to return to try some other items.

Looking at the lunch menu – I was immediately drawn to the 1 topping 10″ pizza for $5.95 and set it up with pepperoni, meatball and mushroom (extra toppings are 65¢ each).  I also added a small garden salad with the house Italian dressing for $2.95.  Steve chose the small Stromboli ($5.95 – comes with 3 ingredients) and added a small house salad ($4.65).

Our salads arrived first and while the lettuce and other items in this simple salad were all fresh and crisp – the dressing was flat which made it a bit like eating just wet lettuce at times.  I’ve had Italian dressings like this at a few other places and personally enjoy the ones that have more zip to them from the vinegar.

When my pizza arrived – I was surprised at the size.  I looked much larger than I expected (I took ½ of it home).  The crust is a hand tossed style but wasn’t crispy except on the edges – taste was good though.  It wasn’t smothered in cheese which was a plus for me and the toppings were generous.  I didn’t particularly care for the canned mushrooms though as they always have that off taste to them.  I prefer fresh mushrooms on pizza but my wife likes canned mushrooms on pizza so she would have liked this.  What really made the pizza special for me however, was the sauce.  It had a great flavor – not sweet, not spicy just wonderfully seasoned.  Even with the un-crispy crust and the mushrooms – I really enjoyed eating the pizza.

So, remember I had ½ of it to take home – so for dinner that night I popped the rest of it into the toaster oven and was looking forward to another rewarding experience.  However, reheating took all of the joy out of the pizza for some reason – it just wasn’t the same as getting it fresh in the restaurant.

Our server asked about dessert, which I usually skip, but the offer was for some Italian cream cake and we both decided to try some.  It looked and tasted to be made locally – not some frozen thing shipped in from the big city.  The cake was light and moist and tasted really good.

Service this particular day was top-notch.  Our server came by often and I must have had 6 diet cokes with lunch.  Steve has said to prepare to wait a while for the food since during his previous dinner experience they waited for quite a while for their meals to arrive – this wasn’t a problem at lunch this trip.  The chef who I assume to be Pappa himself came out once and made a round through the dining room.  There is no mistaking Pappa as he really looks the part of an Italian or Greek chef.

The restaurant is small but homey – you can tell this is a family owned place.  There is some outside seating next to the sidewalk.  On a nicer day, outside would be a very pleasant place to have lunch.  The restrooms were clean.

Pappas is an Italian/Greek restaurant just north of the square in Ozark and serves lunch during the week (closed Sunday) and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday.  The menu has more Italian items than Greek.  Lunch is biased towards the pizza, strombolis and salads.  Dinner entrées are listed on a chalkboard in the dining room and include pastas, fish, lamb and a few Greek items.

I’m going to try to return for dinner sometime and see about trying something more Greek than Italian.

206 N 1st St, Ozark – (417) 485-3700

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