As I chose my next restaurant, I set my sights on the predecessor of a restaurant that I have always loved, Katie’s Pizza. I was hopeful that their new venture, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta, would come with the same character and delicious food as its sister restaurant. Upon arriving, I immediately noticed that they did a really nice job creating a warm, cozy feeling inside with exciting elements such as walls covered by plants, an eclectic variety of mismatched chairs and tables, and unique low hanging lights.
We arrived at 6:30 on a Tuesday evening and we were greeted by a 45 minute wait (unbeknownst to us, they do take reservations). We passed the time with a drink at the bar and happened to set up a Twitter account while we waited (follow me at @myweeklybite). They serve up a moderate beer selection along with crafted cocktails and have a decent happy hour if you can make it by 6 p.m.
We were seated at a high top table right next to the kitchen which was open to the whole restaurant. We decided to start with Katie’s famous fried artichokes with a balsamic reduction. We were served a very healthy portion of artichokes which were just crisp but not heavily fried. They were topped with shaved Parmesan and drizzled with balsamic which was not overpowering as it sometimes can be.
Then, just as I was happily settling into my meal, my ULTIMATE pet peeve occurred. We had taken about four bites of our appetizer when our pizza appeared. Now I was forced to choose between finishing my appetizer and letting my pizza get cold. My husband and I happened to be splitting a pizza and pasta so we finished our first course and moved on to our second. However, our pasta did not arrive until we were well finished with our pizza. Had we not been sharing, this would have left one person watching the other eat.
We chose to split the Kup’s Egg pizza topped with EVOO, mushrooms, sausage (only over half, of course), fontina, farm egg, thyme, and truffle. The crust was very light and had that perfect, wood-fire oven crunch and taste to it. One pizza would not have been enough to split between two people so we were glad we opted for pasta as well.
We were then served Black Spaghetti made with squid ink pasta, clams, mussels, shrimp, caviar, and chili flakes. This dish was seasoned just right but my issues lied with the pasta and caviar. The homemade spaghetti noodles clumped together in such a way that I ended up cutting the pasta with a knife and spearing it with a fork to eat it rather than being able to twirl it as I normally would. The large pieces of caviar were served on top of the dish and were hot when we went eat them. I am a huge lover of caviar but I hope to never eat hot caviar again!
While the ambiance and flavors of the dishes at Katie’s Pizza and Pasta were just right, given the price and flaws with our meal, I would not rush back to this location. However, I have heard great things about this restaurant from other people and I am always open to having my mind changed so if you have had a different experience, I would love to hear about it.
Katie’s Pizza and Pasta is located at 9568 Manchester Rd. Rock Hill, Missouri 63119