Souga Pizza Factory, housed in the old Oscar’s pizza place on Perkins Road, kept many of Oscar’s menu items, even “The Oscar” calzone. The new owners, however, are adding their own touches and it definitely has a lot of potential.
Start your meal with the meatballs ($7). Made with beef, well seasoned, then topped with lots of gooey melted mozzarella and Asiago cheeses, this serving of six is super-delicious and served with whole wheat sourdough sticks. You could make a meal of just these. We also got the cheddar cheese bread ($6), which had great texture, was loaded with melted cheese and served with a red sauce for dipping. We wanted to try the arancini, but they were out that night.
We also really enjoyed the Gorgonzola pasta ($12). Served in a large bowl, this Gorgonzola cream dish was velvety and cheesy and tossed with sautéed mushrooms, roasted red peppers and fresh spinach over fettuccine and then hit with shredded Parmesan. We thought the vegetables toned down the richness of this entrée very nicely. The menu said the pasta was spinach fettuccine but this was plain, and still tasty.
We tried the pizza and calzone and found both good. For the pizza we chose a 7-inch called “The Goat,”($9) a nice thin crust topped with a garlic infused olive oil base, fresh spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and drizzled with a good balsamic reduction. The pizza was light and fresh and the reduction with the goat cheese were so perfect together we really liked this one.
We also ordered a 12-inch calzone called The Primo ($11). Stuffed full of Italian sausage, bell peppers, pepperoncini, onions and ricotta cheese this dish hit the spot. We loved all the chopped sweet peppers mixed throughout the sausage and the dough also was well done. Next time we’d go with the 7-inch though, because we could only eat half as it was very filling.
Surprisingly the dish that let us down was the Caesar salad with chicken ($9). The small pieces of chicken tasted as if they were boiled with no seasoning, the lettuce was only the spines and the dressing had no taste. Also, the croutons were un-toasted cubes of the whole wheat sourdough. This salad had no eye or taste appeal and it was sent back.
Our precious server offered complimentary house-made ice cream to compensate for the salad and the chocolate raspberry was very creamy and delicious. We had wanted pistachio, but they were out of that as well. We also tried the chocolate peanut butter ice cream and loved the taste combination. Our server recommended the cookie sundae ($7) and we liked the thick, soft chocolate chip cookie baked in an oval dish topped with two scoops of ice cream and found it definitely enough for two people.
The small cozy restaurant had lots of large screen TVs, a full bar and was nicely decorated. As we enjoyed almost everything, we think it is a work in progress (the receipts still say “Oscar’s Pizza”) that could develop into something quite good.