Ever since CPK changed their pizza crust recipe, hubby has been trying to find another pizza place that he likes. Hubby decided that he wanted to try Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza for dinner tonight. We called the restaurant (phone 737-0080) to make dinner reservations for 5:30 p.m. and was told that reservations are taken to 7 p.m.
When we arrived at the restaurant several tables were occupied. We waited a few minutes and then were seated at a window table. My first impression was that the restaurant was clean and neat. However, the window sills were dirty.
Hubby ordered the Meat Meat Meat Meat! Pizza ($14.98). I ordered the Minestrone Soup ($3.98) and the Karaage Chicken (Japanese Style fried chicken) and French Fries ($7.98). The soup and the chicken arrived before the pizza. The minestrone soup was delicious. It did not have any beans or pasta but was chock full of vegetables, cabbage and carrots.
The chicken karaage was made with a chicken breast and was crunchy and tasty. The french fries were crunchy on the outside and soft inside. We had to wait a little while for the pizza but hubby was quite pleased with it. The 12-inch pizza had Portuguese sausage, pepperoni, bacon, chicken karaage, bell peppers, onions, olives, and cheese. The pizza was quite good. The thin crust wasn’t as sweet as the old crust at CPK but it was good.
Hubby passed on dessert but I ordered the panna cotta ($5.98). It was delicious, creamy and smooth.
The food at Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza is not authentic Italian but a blend of Japanese and Italian. The combinations are funky but they work.
Service was fine. Our drinks were replenished frequently.
Happy Valley Pasta & Pizza is located at 3106 Monsarrat Avenue. Limited parking is available in the parking lot but street parking is plentiful. Try it, I think you might like it. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lunch special includes a beverage and salad with pasta, pizza, or the risotta.