I mean it really is. You, me, or anybody else can rant and rave about a place, rip it to shreds, and/or seek all the good and bad in the details of any pizzeria or restaurant. It’s the experience, the ambiance, the hopefully good company you were with, and those hidden gems of information that only you might notice, and either keep to yourself or want to share with the world. Which I like to do sometimes.
But at the end of the day, sometimes it’s just pizza.
If you’ve been to Bethany Beach you know how quite and cozy this town is. It’s the antithesis of the chaotic nature of the nearby beaches in Maryland and Delaware.
Bethany is sentimental to me. Many beaches might mean something to you too. I have fond memories of a kid taking family trips here. It was a superb getaway for our family go to away, if even just for a few days, from the familiarity of home. I mean that’s why we take vacations right? But I don’t remember a pizzeria being so close by.
Where my family usually stayed was right across the street in one of the condominiums or hotels. But I remember the charming and approachable shopping center where Just Pizza currently stands. In a town like this, the more things change, nothing changes. And in a way I love that so much.
So this pizza is not amazing. I wouldn’t even call it great. But they’re not a place that claims to be world class and a five star restaurant. If they did, I would judge them differently.
Literally, it’s a carry-out place that’s one of the more smaller spaces you’re going to come across. With just a few chairs in the waiting area, it resembles an doctor’s office more than a place to grab some eats, if you will.
In the honor of how simplistic this place is, I went simple I got half cheese and half pepperoni for the road. I was the only one waiting and I felt my pie took quite a while. It felt about 20-25 minutes when I was promised 15. It’s a minor detail but it’s worth noting. Perhaps it adds to the easy-going nature of the town, or maybe it really took that long.
I’m not going to say it was worth the wait. The pizza was ok but like I said, it’s not going to win any awards. But I will say, it did remind me of the beach. That might not make sense initially, but something about it just tasted like it’s from the beach. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s a thing where my mind is telling me what to sense and what to taste, and predictably (or not) it’s evoking feelings of the beach and sand, and who knows what else I remember from growing up, and maybe now.
The crust is a bit rougher than usual but it had a buttery taste to it that I liked. The cheese and pepperoni were just what I thought it would be, good and greasy. But it may be too greasy for some.
Nevertheless, I’ve talked to a couple of friends that know what they’re getting when they order and it gets the job done. And for most of us, when it comes to pizza, that’s all we need. All the other details don’t always matter.
Folks for are at the beach looking for a quick (well I hope so, order ahead of time of course) pie or other standard fare to go, this is going to make most people happy. If and when I’m staying or visiting here again, I will likely eat here again if it was an option presented to myself or from a friend, or family member.
Speaking of which, it’s so funny that I used to not appreciate the peace and quiet of this town like I do now. It’s the top reason where I feel partial to small towns and small businesses like this. They’re depend on support from locals and tourists in season a like. And I’m always happy to support any local business, because they’re still the soul and conscience of small towns likes this and even bigger cities.
Next time I’m back I will absolutely give them another try. For my friends who want somewhere quiet and would like to avoid the commotion of the bookending resort towns of Ocean City and Dewey Beach then this is perfection. They don’t have a website but more information can be found here and here. At the time I was there, it was perfection. But as the weather gets nicer this is a place that’s a safe house and an ally when one isn’t always around.
I’m not sure if this mean the beach posts will resume. I did many back in the Summer of 2015 (those posts can be found here), and that feels so long ago. We shall see.
But for now I will enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and wish you a happy and safe one as well.