Owner Sondra Smith Merida doesn’t care whether you call it P’Zazz & Tapas or Pizzas & Tapas as long as you come and enjoy the eclectic mix of foods at 490 Herlong Ave.
The restaurant opened in late July with a menu that is 75 percent American cuisine and 25 percent European, Italian and Spanish.
“Business is slowly picking up with new people each day,” Merida said.
Transplants from the north and the south are reporting the food is the most authentic they eaten in years, Merida said.
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The dough and pastas are made by chef Carlos Espinal “the Italian way,” she said. “We have people who say our Cuban sandwiches are better than what they remember in Florida or pastas that taste like what they remember when they lived in (New) Jersey 10 years ago.”
The menu also has a long list of hot and cold tapas appetizers. In Spanish, tapas mean cover. Some say tapas as a food got its start when bartenders would place a bread or wafer “tapas” to cover a drink.
The tapas on the restaurant’s menu are an artistic appetizer of “things that go together and give you a burst of flavor,” Merida said.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 803-324-8272 or go to www.pizzazzntapas.com.