Less than ten miles from Foxwoods Casino I stumbled upon “A slice of Heaven”. Mystic Pizza II, owned by Harry Spanos, serves the Greek pizza made famous by the 1988 movie bearing its name. From Route 2 the three-story building was an enigma; a beautiful Cape Ann style with neon bar signs plastering the front windows. I half expected a smoky room with pool tables, but found a warm, inviting, and interesting place to dine.
Located on a rotary, Mystic Pizza II had its own ample and well lit parking area. The exterior of the building and landscaping were well maintained and the stone fountain added to the outside charm.
A staff member greeted us upon entering and as she checked for a clear table, I had a moment to peruse the glass case selling Mystic Pizza tee-shirts and other memorabilia. The interior décor was well done; a cozy New England restaurant, with stained glass, iron, a wood floor and large amounts of expert masonry, including a stone fireplace.
The dining area, located to the left, was empty this late Sunday afternoon, so we were brought to a comfortable booth in the bar section and were handed a menu whose cover featured Julia Roberts and fellow cast members in front of the Mystic drawbridge. It included the story of how Hollywood chose Mystic Pizza as their backdrop to the iconic movie that launched the career of Roberts and also introduced the world to actor Matt Damon. Movie tidbits and images were splashed throughout the full sized menu of appetizers, soups, grinders, seafood, steak dinners, and specialty pizzas made with the Mystic Pizza “secret recipe” sauce.
Although there were no families, the bar was filled with a blended mix of couples of all ages, small groups of friends, and five men at the bar who seemed to be townies. They seldom glanced at the two small televisions above the bar and were talking amiably amongst themselves while they joked with the bartender on a first name basis.
We ordered the House Special, which was amazing. Like hidden gifts buried under the cheese, the pizza expertly combined pepperoni, thinly sliced meatballs and sausage, crisp green peppers, onions and mushrooms. Each bite was a flavor explosion.
Whether you are a child of the 80’s, a movie buff, a Julia Roberts fan, or a pizza connoisseur, if you are in the North Stonington area, or are one of the 30,000 people that visit Foxwoods per day, I highly recommend stopping by and trying your own “Slice of Heaven” at Mystic Pizza II.
Mystic Pizza II (860) 599-3111 is located at 209 Providence New London Turnpike, North Stonington, CT, 06359.
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