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Foodie Review: Rosa's Pizzeria does not disappoint

When you go to Rosa's, be ready for a lot more than just pizza. Even though Rosa's, located at 330 W. Gurley St. in Prescott, is listed as a pizzeria and has 11 different types of pizza with your choice of 29 different toppings, including some gluten free choices, they are much more than just a pizzeria.

They have a good sized menu with 26 different entrees of pasta, fish, veal and chicken ranging from $7.95 to $19.95 and nine different appetizers ranging from $2.95 to $9.95. They also have a variety of salads, seven different choices, desserts, a full bar and a "kids" menu.

If you come in for lunch, choose from the regular menu or you can get several delectable sandwiches or pizza by the slice for $2.50 plus 75 cents for each topping. Their dough is hand-tossed and made fresh daily. The owners, Domenick and Rosa Anzelmo, spent 25 years in the restaurant business in New York City perfecting these Sicilian and Southern Italian dishes.

The menu is traditional Italian; however, we decided to choose two of their evening specials. First, however, we indulged in an appetizer called Garlic Knots. This consisted of six pieces of freshly made dough tied in a knot with tons of garlic and Parmesan cheese. An excellent way to enjoy bread but you must like garlic. They were hot out of the oven and delicious.

I selected the Orange Roughy with Panko breadcrumbs served over a bed of spinach with a lemon caper butter sauce. The piece of fish was huge and perfectly cooked underneath a crunchy Panko topping. Wonderful taste and texture. Our other entrée was a Panko breaded chicken breast stuffed with ham and Parmesan cheese, topped with sliced asparagus, cherry tomatoes and a champagne saffron sauce. A wonderful and tasty dish with a vast array of flavors. We shared a small Caesar salad for $3.50, which was more than enough for two people and properly prepared, topped with Parmesan and the right amount of dressing.

Their desserts range from $3.95 to $6.95 and there are six of them. We chose the Tiramisu and it was very good and enough to share.

We finished our meal with a dark rich espresso. In addition to soft drinks, coffee and tea, Rosa's has specialty cocktails including a Sicilian Margarita and a decent sized wine list and a large beer selection of bottles or draft. Wines range from $6 to $9 by the glass and $20 to about $36 for the bottle. They also have wines on tap and make their own sangria.

Rosa's is a large, warm, friendly restaurant open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They have an outdoor patio for dining on Prescott's beautiful summer nights. They were quite busy when we were there, but the service was excellent. Our server, Andrew, was knowledgeable, friendly and very attentive. This is a nice family restaurant with good food and lots of choices. If you try it, I believe you will be pleased.

- Archie

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