|The menu's variety makes it easy to please everyone at Town Spa Pizza.|
Satisfying standbys with choice aplenty in Stoughton
Town Spa Pizza
1119 Washington St., Stoughton
Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to midnight.
Credit cards not accepted
Accessible to the handicapped
Town Spa Pizza has been around for over 50 years, and any R-dropping South Shore kid will tell you it's "that" place for Stoughton locals and families.
There's good reason for the popularity - a large menu, good appetizers, specials, and a full bar, for starters.
But obviously, pizza is the main draw, and there are some memorable choices available. I didn't like the fact that pizzas come only in small, with no large or mega-sized pies to share among a large group - but no one else seemed to mind.
The "small" pizzas, however, aren't exactly personal size. They're about the size of a traditional medium pizza, making it perfect for two people sharing or one who's really hungry. Our group preferred the small sizes because everyone has his or her own picky tastes and could customize the pizzas.
The pizzas are also cheap enough ($6.45 to $8.30) that you can order two and still not pay $20 with sodas. Town Spa will also make half-and-half pies on request.
If you're a buffalo sauce fan, you're in heaven, because there are two buffalo pizzas, and you can add buffalo or barbecue chicken to any other pizza for $1.70.
The first hot sauce choice is a cheese pizza, but instead of a tomato-sauce base, they use buffalo sauce ($6.45), which gives it a little kick. The buffalo chicken pizza ($8.15) can be made with either a tomato or buffalo base. Both are good, filling, and spicy.
I combined their onion and pepper pizzas ($6.95) into a tasty choice. The veggies weren't dry or crispy and melded well with the cheese. It was a delicious and relatively healthy choice.
The barbecue chicken pizza ($8.15) was satisfying and very filling. There was just enough sauce.
Any pizza parlor sinks or swims on its plain cheese pizza, and I found Town Spa's traditional red-base cheese pizza memorable ($6.45). It wasn't dripping with grease, and the crust holds up. It's the kind of pizza you pick up, fold the crust, and go to town (spa) on.
We liked their appetizer choices ($3.10 to $8.30). The buffalo tenders ($5.85) were fresh and tasty. They didn't seem like your standard frozen and processed chicken.
Though we saved room for the pizza, you could try "The Sampler" ($8.30), which throws in clam tenders, onion rings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, and wing dings. The chicken tenders, besides buffalo, can also come with sweet 'n sour, BBQ, or honey mustard sauce.
On a visit last month, we also tried the french fries (small, $3.10; large, $4.20) because I have a certain affinity for the wide, crinkle-cut fries - the type your local hot dog stand might sell. They're hard to come across, and I loved them at Town Spa.
There are also plenty of non-pizza entrees. Town Spa features eight-ounce Angus burgers, including a traditional burger ($5.40), pepper burger ($5.60), mushroom burger ($5.80), and options of adding American cheese, sautéed onions, bacon, Swiss, or lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
Sticking with beef, there is also a lean, grilled roast beef sandwich on a bulkie roll ($5.90).
Other sandwiches include grilled cheese ($3.40), a hot dog ($3.40), chicken salad ($5), egg salad ($4.20), tuna salad ($5), sliced turkey ($4.80), and grilled pastrami, a new offering ($5.70).
There are some daily specials you might want to keep in mind. Someday, I'd like to try the Thursday meat sauce pizza special ($7.65). Not surprisingly, they also have three fish specials on Fridays - chowder ($3.10, cup; $4.60, bowl), fish sandwich ($4.65), and fish and chips ($5.65).
There are two dining areas, one just outside the bar perimeter and a separate large room, so there is always plenty of seating. Town Spa doesn't take credit cards, which is a huge drag, but there's an ATM on site.
It wasn't the best pizza of my life, but Town Spa's food is fresh, filling, and varied, and the atmosphere feels comfortably like home.
JOHN M. GUILFOIL