Much more than a typical strip-mall situated pizza joint, Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant is a full-service Italian eatery that has plenty to offer when it comes to charm, service and cuisine. The restaurant’s owners, gregarious husband and wife duo Tom and Roe DeMattia, relocated from Queens, N.Y., in 2005 and quickly fashioned their own niche in the Morrisville dining scene. What began as a straightforward pizzeria some five years ago has evolved into a warm, inviting bistro-style spot named after the proprietors’ middle child.
Georgina's uses the well-regarded Baker’s Pride brand oven for cooking its signature hand-tossed, thin-crust pizza, which is available by the slice or whole pie. It also serves gluten-free pizza as well as Grandma pizza, a cross between thin-crust and thicker Sicilian. It’s square with cheese on the bottom and marinara sauce dolloped on the top.
More than two dozen gourmet pizza selections include everything from Italian Meat Lovers with prosciutto, capicollo and salami to Mediterranean Greek with artichoke, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. More eclectic — but still delicious — alternatives are found in the Portabello & Spinach White and the Hot Tex Mexican with Chorizo sausage, jalapeno peppers and onions.
Menu starters run the gamut from mozzarella sticks to chicken wings, but don’t overlook Georgina’s stuffed mushrooms filled with seasoned bread crumbs and crabmeat or the delectable carroza (fresh mozzarella on focaccia bread that’s battered and fried with pink sauce on top).
The restaurant’s extensive dinner menu ranges from the expected, such as penne alla vodka and pasta Alfredo, to the distinctive, including cranberry spinach salad with slivered almonds and pan-fried tilapia Florentine. Among the most popular entrées are eggplant parmigiana, veal marsala and lobster ravioli.
Weekly specials include elegantly prepared selections like beef brigiole stuffed with bread crumbs and sautéed caramelized onions or gourmet ravioli featuring butternut squash, tomato basil or chicken and spinach.
Dessert options range from tiramisu and cannoli to cheesecake and limoncello mascarpone cake. The restaurant recently added cappuccino and espresso to the mix.
A variety of domestic and imported beer and wine is offered, and a weekly “Winedown Wednesday" special features half-price bottles of select wine.
Though the restaurant elicits a classy, Tuscan-inspired vibe, it also serves as a family-friendly place that’s open to all people who come through its doors.Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Georgina’s gladly accepts reservations.
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