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“Delicious & Authentic Pizzeria” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Englese's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Englese's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
13460 Hwy 50-210, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
(910) 329-4200
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Ranked #32 of 45 Restaurants in Surf City
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Delivery
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Dining options: Delivery
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Delicious & Authentic Pizzeria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch on a rainy vacation day.
Staff was friendly and greeted us right away! Looked like an Italian family running the place and making the pizzas!
Ordered garlic knots, mozz. sticks, pizza, salad, baked ziti & a cheesesteak sandwich.
Food arrived and was delicious!
The mozz sticks & garlic knots were awesome and came with a yummy sauce to dip. The pizza was the BEST!
Mushrooms, meatballs, pepperoni and olives! yum! All fresh toppings and the most light, fresh, authentic tomato sauce ever!
We had a great meal and highly recommend!
Only negative was we picked up a to-go menu upon leaving and found it full of coupons we could've used on our bill. Wish we would've gotten that first, but they may just be a good excuse to go back this trip!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Clarion, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We have been vacationing on Topsail Island for 5 years and this was by far the best restaurant we have ever eaten at. Englese's was packed and we had great service and great food. We tried the lobster ravioli, chicken parm and shrimp marinara and loved all of it. We will definitely be going back!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Not the same”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING?Were are finally on vacation and couldn't wait to hit some of the restaurants. Came here for dinner knowing how much we loved the food but we were disappointed. We had read neg. reviews but could not believe. We do now.
We had the italian hero. The flavor was not the same. Meat and cheese was thinner and no seasoning. We had this twice last year. Now we wont go back. Why screw with success? Poor business mgmt. Wake up! People are reading reviews.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Topsail Island, NC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Three strikes and you're out”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I regularly meet a friend for lunch and when we've gone to Englese's I've been disappointed. I've now been there three times and as they say - three strikes and you're out. I don't really ever want to eat there again.

My friend gets the eggplant parm sandwich every time we've gone there and she likes it a lot. In fact, she loves it and says it's terrific. On the other hand, I've tried a cheese steak hero, a calzone and a cheese pizza. They were all terrible.

The cheese steak was greasy and tasteless, the calzone was dry, tasteless and the worst I'd ever had; and the cheese pizza, which was the last thing I ever had there because I figured, "Hey, who can mess up a cheese pizza?" was very greasy and tasteless like ketchup on a cardboard crust with mozz cheese.

On the plus side, the waitresses I've had were very good in fact, I'd say excellent. The restaurant itself is pleasant, there's plenty of parking and the bathrooms are nice and clean.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Surf City, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“How can Italians make such lousy food?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Real New York Italian family that just can't cook! Have been several times, tried their pizzas, calzones, baked ziti dish, and all have been over cooked, burnt, and dry.

Visited May 2012
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