Grew up in the area and had never eaten at this longtime establishment.
My wife and I recently shared one of their traditional square pizzas and a Filmore sub. We just got the pizza plain -- cheese with no toppings. The crust is thin and flaky. I thought the sauce was fairly sweet, making the overall taste of the pizza a little too sweet for my liking. Not bad, but not great. I'm told longtime customers (I think this place has been open since the '50s) go back because they're nostalgic for the unique taste. I can certainly understand the nostalgia element. In the '60s and '70s my family used to eat square pizza with a similar look from a little place on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington at the intersection of George Mason Drive which as far as I can remember was simpy called "The Pizzaria." (I think this space is currently occupied by the Two Chefs restaurant which has a diner type menu.) I recall a similar crust but I seem to remember a little less generous portion of cheese and the sauce not being as sweet. But that's reaching waaaay back for that memory. Anyone else here remember The Pizzaria?
As for the Filmore sub at the Pizza Pantry, it's a gem. It's basically a meatball sub covered generously with cheese and baked in the pizza oven. Friends rave about it and it really does deserve high praise. If I go back, it's what I'll order. I highly recommend it.
Any fans of this place on here? And does anyone here recall how the original Pizza Pantry was set up? It's a takeout place only now, but did they have one of the adjoining spaces to accommodate table service at one time?