By Gerald Kern 6/28/16
Chelsea Pizza is a charming mom-and-pop restaurant nestled on Highway 26 in Grapevine. Perfect for any taste or budget, the family-owned business goes back three generations to their home country of Macedonia, a heritage they’re proud of.
As I walk in I’m greeted by the sounds of the soccer game on TV and the warm smile of Bukurije Jonuzi Djaferi and her brother Tim Jonuzi who are running the shop for their father that afternoon. It’s casual, jeans, t-shirt, tennis shoes, and towel hanging from back left pocket, and a thick Euro/Jersey accent, the way family restaurants have operated for generations.
I’m given a brief tour and I’m impressed with the high quality and volume of food they put out with a small kitchen. They always stay ahead of prep work to ensure everything is cooked fresh to order quickly. I can see a small group of up to a couple dozen people booking out the cozy venue. With a friendly BYOB policy, it works well for any cost-conscious event planner for a small gathering. As I’m waiting for my order, I like that electrical outlets are accessible and that I can watch a game. My only regret is not bringing a bottle of wine.
I sampled the Supreme, Margarita, and Lasagna pizzas, the hot wings, and a couple of homemade, hand rolled cannolis. The pizzas were perfectly balanced with simple, fresh ingredients the way Italian pizza is supposed to be. No need for some liberal Californian infusion of fancy ingredients—here you get a pure, classic hand-tossed pizza that doesn’t drip grease.
The hot wings were covered in a simple vinegary spice, hot but not overpowering, and good enough for one to mindlessly grow a food baby while watching a Rangers or Cowboys game.
The cannolis were authentic with ricotta cheese, chocolate chips, and a powered sugar finishing touch over the crunchy shell. If there was a Godfather style assassination to take place in a remote area of NYC, these would qualify for the “leave the gun, take the cannoli” rating.
Probably the most critical aspect of rating pizza and hot wings is the leftover test. Whether you’re hung-over or you overslept for work or school, this stuff is great. Grab it straight out of the fridge eating it cold, or stuff it in a Ziploc bag to wash down with coffee later. It’s a perfect blend of carbs, protein, dairy, and veggies. My own personal leftover pizza fetish is to fry an egg and to drop it on day old pizza—it’s like an animator bringing it back to life. Chelsea pizza makes for perfect resurrection food that you won’t regret.
At Chelsea Pizza you’ll find classic pizza with a few influences from their rich family culinary lineage as they bring these pies to life. If you a want flawless execution of a blend of fresh, simple ingredients at a working-class family affordable price, Chelsea Pizza is a great place to go.
To learn more, visit their website.