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Pizza n' Stuff and Walter's (Claremont) - reviews

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Pizza n' Stuff and Walter's (Claremont) - reviews

jacinthe | Jan 7, 2004 12:51 PM

I know nothing about Claremont. Last time I was even in that part of town was in high school for sporting events, ie a long time ago.

Friday afternoon, we ended up at Pizza n' Stuff (maybe it's Such, I don't remember) for lunch. It was miserably raining, everyone was hungry (he and his parents had just flown in), and his sister needed to get back to school for swim practice. It's your basic pizza parlour - not fancy in the least, just quick and simple. Since I'd just had scrumptious pizza made from my friend's father's pizza oven for New Year's, this could not even compare. We started with an antipasto salad - various antipasto items, such as salami and peppers, arranged atop a bed of pale iceberg lettuce, dressing on the side. Definitely nothing special. We then got a large pizza, half laden with vegetables and mushrooms, the other half covered with goat cheese, spinach, and other toppings. Topping combinations were good, but the crust wasn't so great - the crust was cooked, but not well done, so that the toppings made the middle soggy. But - we weren't expecting anything fancy, and it served its purpose - to get us fed, and quickly.

Sunday afternoon, upon the recommendation of one of his sister's teammates, we went to Walter's for lunch. Since it was a beautiful afternoon, we were seated outside, which was quite pleasant. There is also a dining area by the bar, and a quieter dining room.

Everyone enjoyed his/her meals. I ordered the poached salmon with dill sauce over a bed of greens dressed with raspberry vinaigrette. I don't understand why the salmon was mushed up atop my salad - the whole filet would have been quite fine. Dill sauce was surprisingly good (I generally don't like it if it's over dill-ed, but this one wasn't), the raspberry vinaigrette was a touch too tangy for my tastebuds.
Boyfriend ordered a hamburger with bacon and some cheese. It came with french fries - not the skinny ones, but the nice large meaty ones.
His sister ordered a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich on foccacia, with a side salad. She reported that the mozzarella was indeed fresh and wonderful.
Their mother got the chicken and avocado sandwich (I think), served on wheat bread, which she said she liked also.

The dinner menu looked good too, with all of the afgani (sp?) courses. Another time, perhaps. Service was pleasant and prompt.

We were definitely tempted by the desserts at the counter on the way out, but were too full to eat. Though dining options are limited in the area, this place wasn't too shabby. If I had to return to Claremont, I'd definitely eat here.

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