I was in the mood for Italian, so I decided to try a little place just around the corner from us. Balducci’s has been open in the Pelham Court Plaza for nearly a year, having replaced Moretti’s, another Italian sandwich shop.
The place is quite small. Basically, a several booths line one wall, with only a couple of tables up from. The decor makes it obvious that Italian cuisine is the focus.
Pizza dominates the menu. There are the usual suspects of pepperoni, olives, etc, plus pineapple, garlic spinach, and gyro meat. You can build your own, or they have a nice selection of specialty pizzas. There are a few appetizers, buffalo wings, and a selection platters featuring Italian pasta.
The pizzas run from about $8 to about $14 for the most expensive large one. Platters hover in the $7 – $9 range. There are also some Greek sandwiches, sallades, and desserts to round out the menu.
I ordered the baked zita platter. This started with a simple side salad with my choice of creamy Italian dressing. The main course was huge – enough to feed at least two. It had ziti pasta covered with red marinara sauce, mixed with chunks of Italian sausage. There was enough zing to keep it interesting.
Quick, friendly and efficient – what more can be said?
This was probably not the most memorable Italian cuisine I’ve ever had, but it was reasonably priced, quick, and tasty. If I order another platter, I think I’ll have to split it with someone. Since pizzas seem to be the preferred dish, I’ll have to give one of those a try the next time I’m here, and I will be back.