Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza – Lansing Township
I feel like I’ve been going to Lansing quite a bit for work. Again, this week a co-worker and I headed east for an assignment in Lansing Township. It was a quick assignment taking less than a half hour, but since we outside of our normal area, the dinner was on the company. C.W. didn’t want to pass the opportunity up and was craving pizza.
I never really had pizza from anywhere in Lansing that I would say was out of this world. The only thing that came to mind was Pizza House, but that was kind of far away from where we were. Instead, I did a quick Google search and came up with a delicious sounding chain restaurant just down the street.
Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza is a small, Florida based chain with 13 restaurants. Almost half of those restaurants (six) are in Michigan with the Lansing store being the closest to Southwest Michigan.
The Lansing Township Tony Sacco’s is adjacent the Eastwood Towne Center on Lake Lansing Road. The restaurant itself is actually in a small strip mall on Showtime Drive in front of a huge new development of a Hyatt Place Hotel that will also feature 125 luxury apartments and retail.
It was getting a little late in the day for us to stop and eat dinner, but we decided we had enough time to actually sit down and eat. A hostess took us to a booth in the large open dining room which was about half full on a Tuesday evening. They have a pretty good drink list that includes craft beer, but we were still on the clock so each of us ordered a Coke.
C.W. doesn’t like most meats and I don’t like veggies, so we couldn’t share a pizza. We’d never agree on anything but a plain cheese and that’s kind of boring, so we each went with our own knowing we would have leftovers for lunch the next day.
I ordered the Pepperoni Classico. This delicious pizza made with fresh dough is topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, olive oil and fresh basil. The pizza came to the table with a fabulous crispy, smoke infused crust. The pepperoni’s covered pretty much the entire surface of the pizza. The sauce is made with Italian plumb tomatoes and you can really taste the sweetness from them. The pizza was just incredibly delicious and offered a flavor and texture that you can only get from high temperature cooking.
C.W. wanted a pizza was chicken and was debating between the Buffalo Chicken and the Marco Polo. After talking with the waitress, she eventually decided on the Marco Polo. Her pizza came topped with tomato sauce, roasted chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke, olive oil, and fresh basil.
Neither of came anywhere close to finishing our pizza, so we had them boxed up to take home for later. The bill was just a little over $40 for the two of us.
Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza was a great choice. It just so happened we found the place because it was close to where we were and that was a definite advantage when it came time to choosing a restaurant, but we actually had a great meal. Here’s to hoping they keep expanding in Michigan and come pay us a visit in Southwest Michigan soon.