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January 13, 2012

  • 6650 S. Westnedge Avenue #FC1
  • Portage, MI 49024
  • (269) 327-2874
  • Website
  • Menu

J and I aren’t really mall people anymore.  Fifteen years ago, that might have been different.  J worked at a mall in Orland Park, IL  and I used to do all of my shopping at the closest mall to my hometown in Bradley , IL.  Back then, it was just what you did.  You’d go to the mall, shop a little, eat in the food court, and play video games until your five bucks ran out at the arcade.  Of course those were the days when Venture and Target were the anchors so you really could do all your shopping in just one stop.

Malls just aren’t like that anymore.  Most of the stores I would never go in and the few I do, I always find better deals at the Outlets.  Today was different though.  We weren’t shopping.  We were walking.

No, we didn’t suddenly get old overnight.  We were trying to walk the baby out.  We took a few laps around both the upper and lower levels at Crossroads Mall in Portage when J said we should grab something to eat then walk a few more laps.  I looked at her with a pretty strange looked and asked, “You want to eat at the Food Court?”

She was heading to Subway and she just assumed I would to, but I had other plans.  It’s been years, but I used to love eating at Sbarro.  I never could pronounce it, but I always loved being able to pick my slice.  

The Sbarro at Crossroads mall is the first place you find if you head in to the food court from the mall.  Right in front of you is a number of different pizzas, pastas, and calzones all ready for your choosing.  The specialty is New York style slices which makes sense once you realize the ubiquitous mall pizzeria got it’s start as an Italian grocery in New York almost forty years ago.

I was in the mood for a couple slices of pizza and there was a half pie of pepperoni right up front.  I told the lady behind the counter I wanted two slices so she took two off the tray and popped them back in the oven to warm them up.  She tried to get me to add on bread sticks and a drink, but I didn’t need any more food and I had a Pepsi in my pocket from the vending machine near the mall entrance.

As my slices were warming up, the clerk rang up my bill which came to a little over $8.  It’s not an awful price when you see how big the slices are but you can almost get a whole pizza for that price someplace else.  Granted, it wouldn’t be nearly as convenient and it’s hard to get a good NY slice in Southwest Michigan.

My slices were handed to me each on their own paper plate atop a plastic tray. They had jars of Parmesan and red pepper flakes next to the cash register so I grabbed them both and dusted the top of my pizza.   After completing that small task, I grabbed said tray and went to find a table to wait for J.  Oh hell, I didn’t actually wait.

The pizza had a pretty soggy crust, but it did have a little bit of a snap when I folded it over to eat.  The pizza had a nice, greasy taste from the pepperoni which added a little bit of a bite to the sauce.  The two slices were plenty big enough to hold me over until dinner.

Like I say about so many chains, it is what it is.  I have found memories of Sbarro from my childhood and that helps with my impression of the place.  It’s not great pizza, but it’s not awful either. We don’t go to the mall a whole lot and eat there even less, but Sbarro’s not a bad option if you’re spending the day shopping indoors.

NY Style Pepperoni Pizza

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Oh yeah, as for the baby walking out thing….didn’t work….

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2012 12:09 pm

    Interesting that Sbarro went through Bankruptcy last year (2011), which usually spells “The End” (remember Circuit City?), but they were able to successfully emerge OUT of the bankruptcy in November, better off financially. They still have something over 1000 locations worldwide. They are what they are. Definitely not bad for a quick slice, and I have a weakness for their breadsticks. Hardly ever find myself in The Mall anymore, but glad to see they’re still around. I might hafta check ’em out again next time I make it to Crossroads. That pic looks good! Good luck with the birth of your child!

  2. Bernie B permalink
    April 16, 2012 2:10 am

    If their food tasted as good as it looks Sbarro’s wouldn’t be having any monetary issues.

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