We took a day trip to Gig Harbor from Olympia having heard that it was picturesque, and the trip did not disappoint in that regard. It reminded me of the Yankee fishing towns of New England. Indeed, fishing, boatbuilding, and the transport of forest and agricultural products have marked Gig Harbor's history.
There are plenty of interesting shops, and art galleries, but we were intrigued by the structures of different eras along the waterfront, many originally the homes of fishermen and their families. We walked Harborview Dr. until it intersected N. Harborview Drive and followed that road to its terminus at Vernhardsen St., extending from the municipal wharf to near the end of the inner cove.
Now ready for something to eat we discussed among ourselves what kind of food we would choose and the vote was for pizza, hence an Italian restaurant. That is when we discovered Spiro's Pizza and Pasta Bella, a simple eatery, apparently part of a larger chain, so our expectations were modest.
We entered without a reservation and were promptly seated, during a busy noon hour. The staff were friendly and apologetic about not being able to serve us immediately as they were short-staffed that day. The menu offered a variety of antipasto's, salads,various pasta dishes, the entrees one might expect in an Italian restaurant, and it even included some gluten-free pasta dishes. Half a dozen sauces were available to the pasta lovers.
Soon our waitress took beverage orders to get us started, and returned in short with our drinks and took our order. Since we were determined to have pizza, we selected two of their largest for our party of six, and tailored them with ingredients to suit, making essentially four different possibilities by having the two halves of each topped differently. We also ordered their house salad.
The salads were fresh and tasty. All of us were pleased with the freshness of the toppings and the quality of the cheeses used among the toppings. Ordinarily I am not a fan of the crust, especially the outer edge, but this crust was worth chewing, like a fine, fresh, Italian bread roll. We would recommend it.
The restaurant felt more like a "one-off" rather than a part of a chain. The food was fresh, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was" homey. " Given our menu choice we can vouch only for the pizza, but our vote is that you can't go wrong at Spiro's.
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