When Lola’s Pizza landed in Charleston’s South Hills neighborhood, it was as if the community received a breath of much needed fresh air. It was in part due to their cutesy makeover of an every day home, and in part because of the artisan pizza magic they made. Any way you slice it, Lola’s Pizza is a Charleston West Virginia’s favorite pizza pie.
I recently dropped by Lola’s Pizza to see if they were still delivering the same magic that they were when I lived here. I was accompanied by both of my daughters, my future son-in-law, and childhood friend, Angie. Not much had changed, a good thing in my book, because when a restaurant is delivering a successful product, it should continue. We perused the menu while drinking pitcher of their tasty white sangria. I was told that Lola’s used Brandy in their recipe years ago, but do not know it still holds true.
Our delicious appetizers included a Lemon and Herb Hummus platter and pan-seared Fresh Mozzarella. The hummus was served with vegetable crudités and fresh baked baguette slices from Charleston Bread. It was scrumptious and a big hit with all of us. Panko crusted ooey-gooey mozzarella rounds were almost too pretty to eatm but we soon caved and devoured them. They were so good that we ordered another round.
The Star of the Show
Lola’s Pizza allows you to share pizza by selecting two different recipes in one pie, a nice option for those who cannot eat an entire pizza by themselves. We chose this half and half option with Spicy Shrimp and Sausage as well as Steak and Cheese. The Spicy Shrimp was topped with Italian sausage, roasted tomatoes, and goat cheese. Nom! The Steak and white cheddar Cheese Pizza also contained jalapeños, red onions, and fresh garlic. It will always be my favorite. My daughter opted for the BLT Salad, paired with a super tangy and delicious Buttermilk Herb Dressing.
To my surprise, Lola’s had a few new offerings. They now feature brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM-2PM. During that time, be sure to try the Peach Bellini’s and Mimosa’s on the menu. Lola’s also uses locally sourced produce, bread, ice cream, and beef.
I think that you will be more than pleased with your Neopolitan style stone-hearth oven gourmet pizzas that Lola’s Pizza offers. Pizzas are available for dine in or carry out. Due to limited parking and long wait times, you may want to consider arriving before peak dinner hours. However, a cold beer or glass of wine will help you pass the time while you relax on Lola’s adorable front porch.
Total Check Before Tip: $96.84
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8 1/2
1038 Bridge Road
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 343-5652 (LOLA)
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