Let’s get real for a minute – there are a LOT of pizza places in Springfield, Mo., but none quite like Arris’ Pizza on E. Republic road. This place not only features a restaurant they are growing out of (after all, it was YOU, Springfield, who said in one of our posts that Arris’ Pizza had some of the best pizza in our Queen City), but they have a LOUNGE connected which they also run. This place is stunning – beautiful, romantic, and can hold up to 50 people for private parties!
I was greeted by Jessica Schultze, manager of Arris’ Pizza and The Annex next door, and not only was she lively and bubbly, but one could tell she enjoyed her work. To be honest, it’s a breath of fresh air when you meet someone who enjoys what they do and that enthusiasm shines out from them!
Arris’ Pizza Food and More!
When starting a 500 course meal, as Jessica so kindly provided, it is wise to start with le Greek salad. Their’s was divine – the right amount of cheese, not SWIMMING in croutons (I don’t like when I have more croutons than salad in my salad), and a lovely Italian dressing to give it the right amount of oiliness!
Next, came the appetizer…hands down it was one of my favorites… le bruschetta. It was beautiful and perfectly cooked – a bit of olive oil and balsamic and I was in heaven!
At this point, the pizza was smelling really good – but instead, lasagna was delivered…it was melty-cheesy delightfulness that thrilled my taste buds!
Finally, the pizza…my struggle up to this point was to try and have a small taste or two of each thing so I could gorge myself on what many people have said is the BEST pizza in town, but I was failing miserably. The salad? Exsquisite. The lasagna? Oh yes.. The bruschetta?. Oh my!
(drum roll please….)
LE PIZZA ARRIVES! The moment I had been waiting for!!
This is lovely creation is known as George’s Pizza and comes with Roma tomatoes, breakfast bacon, oregano and feta cheese.
And here is Arris’ Special with greek sausage, red onions and green peppers…with a little bacon for good measure!
It was like those pizzas you see in commercials with the cheese melting and dripping off of it – foodporn, if you will – it was heavenly. But because I obviously hadn’t eaten enough, and because everyone knows women have two stomachs – one for the meal and one specially designated for desserts – Jessica then brought out a slice of their Italian cream cake. Feast your eyes!
My friends, I have now officially tasted Arris’ Pizza at YOUR request, and I must say I am satisfied. Thank you Springfield, from the bottom of my stomach. Seriously though, y’all need to check out this place!
Arris’ Pizza and the Annex Deets
Hours: Closed on Mondays, but are open from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 9pm (10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and on Sundays they are open from 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm.
Springfield, this should be on your list of “things to do in Springfield, MO!”