Mosaic / Reviews / April 18, 2012

Cellar pizza: a hidden gem

Looking for the best pizza in town? The winner, hands-down, is The Cellar Pizzeria & Pub. Their broad menu has been feeding Galesburg since 2005 and boasts a plethora of toppings, as well as other Italian favorites like breadsticks, calzones, pastas and hoagies.
The specialty of The Cellar, of course, is pizza and the best of the best is definitely the Drago, a white pizza topped with fresh basil and tomato that is exclusive to the Cellar. The Drago is one of many “specialty” pizzas and is $17.95 for a large (eight slices), or $15.95 for a medium. The “stuffed gourmet” pizzas are also delicious and a large will cost you $19.95.
The only downside to The Cellar is the prices, which don’t work so well on a student budget, but they are certainly fair for quality, gourmet pizza. Even so, you might want to save this restaurant for the next time mom and dad visit.
Though the friendly staff wears t-shirts that say: “Don’t Eat The Breadsticks,” the Cellar’s garlic breadsticks are another one of their specialties. The t-shirts are probably a warning that they just might be too addictive. An order will cost you $3.95, and again the quality and taste warrant the price. Another great appetizer is the spinach artichoke bread bowl for $5.95.
You can stuff yourself full of scrumptious Cellar foods for lunch or dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.. They are open for dinner only on Monday, 4-9 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Delivery is available.
The Cellar is considered a “hidden treasure,” because it can be tricky to find. The address is 51 North Prairie Street, one block north of Main Street, behind Jimmy John’s. You’ll know it from their colorful sign and big awning. Once you walk through the door, to get to the restaurant you must walk down a staircase, hence the name “The Cellar.”
The atmosphere is casual and homey and the staff members are quick to greet you. While The Cellar isn’t the kind of place for a late-night pizza craving, it is definitely a must-go and rivals high-quality pizzerias in any big city.
Whether you’re a Chicagoan or a New Yorker when it comes to pizza, give the Cellar a shot. You won’t be disappointed.

Katie Baer


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