By Estella R. Fullmer
For Hometown News
EDGEWATER -- If you are looking for a family oriented restaurant, a good place for a lunchtime business meeting or perhaps a fine dining experience for your Friday night date, you need look no further than Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, home of the famous Garlic Knot Pizza.
On their menu, you can find garlic knot appetizers for $3.99, hot hoagies for around $9 and pasta meals starting at $10 or up to $15.95 for the spaghetti with crabmeat entrée. Their personal pizzas start at $9 and they have regular and specialty pizzas ranging from $13 to $22, depending on the size and toppings.
Ramunto's bakes its pizzas directly on the stone oven, which allows for a more evenly baked crust that is slightly crispy on the bottom and light and fluffy inside. They serve a variety of pizza in three sizes from their 12-inch personal pizza to the regular 16-inch pie and an extra large 21-inch for those larger parties. Calzones and salads round out the menu.
The restaurant also has a full service bar that is set apart and hidden from the main dining area. The bar has a large-screen TV where patrons can watch sports events while relaxing with a cold beer and some hot pizza. Ladies can get their alcohol drinks half price and a personal pizza pie for $6 during Ladies Night on Tuesdays from 6 to 10 pm while men can enjoy a half dozen wings for $5 on Men's Night on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They can also take advantage of the "When it rains -- We pour" special. During Men's Night, if it is raining, they can get Bud Light, Miller Light or the house wine for just $2 a glass.
Under the operation of partner John Decker, 31, Ramunto's in Edgewater was opened in April by owner Cliff Ramunto. The Ramunto family owns several pizza restaurants, mostly in Vermont, and have more than 25 years experience in the industry. Their dough and sauce recipes are closely guarded secrets with only a handful of people knowing exactly what goes into the pot.
Mr. Decker moved here from Vermont earlier this year to run the pizzeria and his passion for doing his best no matter what shows in every order they fill.
Each morning he ensures his staff makes new dough and sauce and purchases fresh produce daily for the toppings. Only the olives and artichokes are shipped in because of local unavailability.
Making the best food for each customer is Mr. Decker's passion, but of even more importance to him is ensuring each customer leaves his restaurant full, satisfied and happy.
When asked how he likes it in Edgewater, Mr. Decker replied, "It's fun! It's been a challenge, but it's fun and I love it!" He then proudly pointed out that Ramunto's Pizza Pub is a very "green" facility. There are solar panels on the roof that power all the lighting. They use decomposable plates that won't harm the environment and save them from using excessive amounts of water washing dishes. Every thing in the building is recycled, from the ceiling that came from Pioneer Trail in New Smyrna Beach to the decorative gears from the Erie Canal Bridge. "We are very green here," Mr. Decker said. "We believe in recycling and making sure we do everything we can to protect the environment for future generations."
Although Ramunto's has a bar, they are a very family oriented business. The bar is not visible from the family dining area and they have a children's menu. They also cater to children's birthday parties.
On Tuesday nights they have a saxophone player at the bar starting at 7 pm and on Fridays they have a different band every week, such as Mary Machete of "The Sea of Keys." The music is easy listening, allowing diners to easily converse and enjoy their meal.
"I do a lot of catering too," said Mr. Decker. "In fact, I am doing the Open House for Coastal Chiropractic on July 25."
Giving back to the community is also something Mr. Decker and Mr. Ramunto feel very strongly about. "We have a '10 percent Kickback' program for various charity groups like the one coming up for Edgewater Animal Shelter," Mr. Decker said. "It's a win-win situation. The charity does the advertising and gets the people in here that day, and then 10 percent of every order is given to the charity."
They plan to add a delivery service in the near future and when the weather cools, they plan to have bands playing outside on the weekends and hold special events like a local band "play-off."
Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza is at 1209 Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Contact them at (386) 427-3800.