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Great Calzone in Andover

Food4Pleasure | Apr 9, 200809:41 AM

Visited my parents in Andover yesterday, the town I grew up in, and picked up lunch at the Andover Deli and Pizzeria right on andover st. where John's Villiage Deli used to be. Havn't been to this location in years, was always filthy, but decided to try it when I saw the new sign and parking lot full of police cruisers. To my surprise the place to was totally cleaned up and rebuilt from what it was when I remember years ago. It seems like your typical Greek owned pizza/deli/sub shop kind of spot.

After a brief converstation with the kid at the counter who said he was one of the owners, he convienced me to order a personal size grilled chicken calzone while my fiance got the fish & chips (fried haddock and steak fries).

The calzone was different than anything I've had before, but surprisingly very tasty. It was packed full of grilled chicken breast, veggies, and some blend of cheeses (forgot what owner told me). It was also topped with cheese and from the looks of it was pan-baked. For me, the dough was the real highlight of this thing. It was cut into 4 good sized slices, more than I could have finished on my own, and for only $7.25. Deff. my kind of quality cheap eats.
My fiance's fish & chips didn't dissapoint us either. The portion was a huge filet (close to half a pound) of haddoc lightly battered, and fried perfectly. It was moist, juicy, and flaky on the inside. Served with a generous side of steak fries it was only $8.00. I must say though, the fries were a little soggy, and I don't think they make them in-house, which dissapointed me.

The only problems I had with the place were the damn fries haha, and the fact that it got absolutely slammed for the lunch rush right after we got there, filling up with annoying highschool kids, town cops, and towny employees. Food took a little long to come out cause of the rush, but was amazed at the amount of calzones and food the Father/Mother/Son team were pumping out rather quickly.

Sorry about such a long write up on a sub shop, but it always excites me to see small businesses putting out quality products and succeeding. Plus, this was my frst CH post, wanted to be thorough haha. If only this place was around befor I moved to Boston...

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