Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Atmosphere: Clean, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and unpretentious.
Price Ranges: Moderate Pizzas range in price from $2 for the small plain variety to $9.50 for the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] 16-inch whopper with everything. Subs go from $1.95 to $2.25.
Credit Cards: Cash-only transactions.
Special Facilities: Plenty of parking in the Belleview Shopping Center. No steps to negotiate, but handicapped customers might find the place a little cramped for wheelchairs.
One of the most recent and nicest additions to the Belieview Shopping Center, a comfortable, neighbourly shopping area just off the George Washington Parkway south of Alexandria, is Primo Pizza, tucked away between the bakery and the post office.
Beneath the neon sign announcing "Primo New York Style Pizza," is a large picture window. And in that window, a man in a white cap and coat twirls a round of dough - slinging, stretching, sailing it up until it grows into a pizza crust.
One recent evening, our family of four stood and hungrily watched the man do his magic with the dough. By the time he had slapped his expanse of crust down on a big wooden paddle and begun smearing it with tomato sauce and handfuls of cheese, we could stand it no longer.
By the time he had plunged the whole concoction into the oven, we had stationed ourselves inside under the handlettered sign that hangs over the counter and says: "Order Pizza Here"
Primo does an on-the-premises trade, although the take-out business seems to be the specialty. Half the little restaurant is devoted to a long counter, behind which all the action takes place, and a long vinyl bench where the taker-outers can await their orders. The other half is lined with comfortable booths.
The menu is simple and displayed on the wall. For the nearsighted, there are printed copies available on the counter.
Pizzas come in three sizes: 9,12, or 16 inches, with one or more toppings - pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, black olives and so on. Prices, depending on size and toppings, run from $2 to $9.50. Suffering from the old familiar eyes-bigger-than-stomach syndome, we chose a large pizza with sausage and pepperoni for $5.75.
And we didn't stop there. Remembering to pay heed to nutrition, we ordered two salads, at 85 cents each. These, I must say, were uninspired conections of mostly iceberg lettuce dressed with oil, vinegar and plenty of dried eregano. But they salved our consciences, and we demolished then before the pizza came.
The pizza was good, cheesy, but just a that little bit too gocey for the children to handle [WORD ILLEGIBLE] . But all this failed to deter anyone.We all enjoyed it.
To round out the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] my husband ordered a submarine sandwich. Six are available at $1.95 for ham and fish and cheese to $2.25 for steak and cheese. He ordered an Italian cold cut sub, which arrived with the prime [WORD ILLEGIBLE] are called to the counter to pick-up their orders by number. There is no table advice)
The sandwich [WORD ILLEGIBLE] very tempting - fresh, crusty roll bursting with salami and ham.
"How is it?" I inquired.
"On a scale of one to 10, this is about a six. But that's ready good around here," said he, always the chauvinistic Philadelphia sub-maven.
With all this food, the children each drank sodas, at 35 cents each, and my husband and I had draft light beers in frosty mugs for 85 cents apiece.
The only dessert available is Italian cheesecake, at $1 a serving. Deciding not to raise mere over indulgence into the realm of debauchery, we abstained from the cheesecake, although it looked delicious.
We paid our bill of $12.17 and walked back out into the night, thinking we'd stuffed ourselves for a very reasonable price. We glanced back at Prmo's. The man in white had begun another pie - slapping, twirling and slunging the dough.