Downtown Fuquay-Varina got a much-needed boost recently with the opening of Anna’s Pizzeria, the sister location of the wildly popular same-named restaurant located in downtown Apex. And while the Fuquay store is considerably smaller and lacks some of the charm found in the flagship eatery, it’s beneficial to have a solid Italian joint to bring more people downtown.
When it comes to décor, a large floor-to-ceiling mural and
local artwork line the vibrant-colored bead-board walls. A nice array of two-
and four-top tables fills the dining room, along with comfortable banquettes.
Pizza is the star attraction here, and for good reason.
Nearly 20 gourmet pie offerings include distinctive items like chicken marsala,
baked ziti, eggplant and bruschetta. Standout selections are the spicy chicken
(similar to buffalo chicken) and barbecue chicken, and one slice may possibly fill
you up. It’s nice to have the option to order gourmet pizza by the slice.
As for less adventurous options, thin-crust personal pizzas,
Sicilian and regular hand-tossed pies are also available.
Besides the requisite pasta dishes like baked lasagna and
stuffed shells, tempting entrée choices abound. You can’t go wrong with the
lemon-infused chicken Francese, the veal Marsala and prosciutto and the breaded
Be sure to save room for dessert. Espresso-soaked tiramisu, decadent
cannoli or kid favorite zeppolis (Italian donuts) will finish the meal
While execution from the kitchen seems fairly solid at this point, service
at Anna's can be somewhat spotty. On one occasion when I visited, I had to ask twice for
my Diet Pepsi. It also took a bit too long for the check to arrive at the end
of the meal. It would be good for a manager to oversee front-of-house operations to ensure things run smoothly. All things considered, though, Anna’s is a welcome addition to the
growing Fuquay culinary scene.