While my family usually eats at the Aurelio’s flagship restaurant in Homewood, we sometimes find ourselves crossing just over the state line to the Munster establishment. This is a true franchise, as opposed to the many “company stores” in the chain, and although Aurelio’s desires a consistency among its many outlets, there are a couple of differences in Munster.
My family thinks the sauce and the crust are just a bit different here. The crust seems crispier, and just a little thinner. The sauce is a bit sweeter, closer to what it was in Homewood back in the sixties and seventies. (No matter what the official line from Aurelio’s about no recipe changes, the sauce tastes not the same, losing some of its delightful sweetness.)
Not only is the sauce reminiscent of the 70s, the dining room decor is also a true blast-from-the-past, as it looks as though almost nothing has been changed in forty years. A former detriment to dining, having to smell dead leaves smoldering, has been eliminated with Indiana’s recent restaurant smoking prohibition.
The service is friendly, if sometimes uneven, although it’s never prevented us from returning. Menu selections and pricing the same as other dine-in Aurelio’s locations. Overall, a nice place to eat.
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