By Anna-Marie Menhenott
MARTIN COUNTY -- Nestled away in the Kanner Crossings Plaza in Stuart is one of the area's best kept secrets.
Roma Pizzeria and Restaurant has been serving Pizza and pastries on the Treasure Coast for more than 40 years. The Stuart location is new to the area, but with the quality of food they are serving, they are soon to be a local favorite.
"We've only been here since the beginning of June," said Chris Chlopek, owner and chef. "Lots of people are familiar with our pizza and garlic knots, but we're really trying to serve a dinner menu as well. The homemade food is fresh and cooked to order. There's a lot of love that goes into every meal."
Mr. Chlopek invited us to sit back, enjoy the quaint environment and sample many of the dishes he serves. With the help of an experienced right-hand man behind the scenes, they produced some of the most delightful Italian dishes I've had eat pleasure of eating.
My guest and I were served a Caesar salad made with fresh Romaine lettuce and a large helping of garlic knots.
"We don't serve iceberg lettuce," Mr. Chlopek said. "Romaine is much tastier and really brings out the flavor of the other ingredients."
The garlic knots were the flawless combination of parmesan cheese, garlic and butter. I don't know if I've ever had a more perfect knot.
As my guest and I enjoyed our appetizer, Mr. Chlopek asked us to make room for the entrées. He brought out an incredible array of homemade Italian goodness that would make anyone's mouth water.
From Zuppa Di Mussels served over linguini with a tomato sauce, to incredible calms to penne alla vodka and chicken Francese, the restaurant serves it all.
The chicken and eggplant parmigiana was cooked to perfection as was the chicken marsala and sausage and meatballs.
Each dish was prepared and served in a timely manner and left us anticipating a return to the restaurant.
I really enjoyed the quality of each product. It was obvious that each meal is cooked with pride and is served to impress.
Other menu items include hot and cold subs, fettuccini Alfredo, veal marsala, shrimp scampi, fruiti de mare, a combination of shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari served over linguini, and pizza to satisfy any pizza-lover.
"We are a genuine Italian restaurant," Mr. Chlopek said. "We don't cut corners. We serve consistently good, homemade food. Although we're new, we still have customers who are regulars. They come back because they know they're going to have great service."
Roma Pizzeria and Restaurant is located at 6546 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart. They are open Monday - Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They are closed on Sunday. For more information, call (772) 286-2121.