“Drive by pizza? Nice,” says the long aproned clad teenage waiter as he squints into the blinding rays of a late evening sun, despite the faint shadow of his black baseball cap. While savoring two super deal pizzas on an unusually warm roll up your sleeves spring evening, we suggested that D’Amico & Sons could sell pizzas to the people trapped in cars at what seemed like an all too long stand still at West 50th Street and Halifax Avenue South.
We sat at D’Amico & Sons fenced in, plant lined, patio edging along ever-busy 50th Street like a European cafe garden. Drivers, passengers and their pets gazed longingly at our plates brimming over the edge with hot gooey real Italian cheese topped pizza. The passersby were close enough to smell the hunger prompting aroma of well-made fresh from the oven, sizzling Italian food. A world of cars muffled by and looked a little left out, like they wanted to sit right down at our table and join us. The traffic was more at a stare than a roar.
D’Amico & Sons at 50th & France
D’Amico & Sons has a long history serving up fine Italian fare at 50th and France. D’Amico & Partners have a family of restaurants and the 50th & France D’Amico & Sons location is a longtime favorite of the group for me. For as long as I can remember, it has featured quality Italian cuisine with an atmosphere to match. Accommodating staff make the logistics of ordering at a deli counter feel like a sit down and order place.
Pizza Happy Hour
The happy hour pizza deal is a noteworthy bargain in the growing world of Twin City artisan pizza. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday, select wood fired pizzas are just $6.
The four cheese, fennel, green olive and onion pizza has everything a lacto-ovo vegetarian could want in one pie. It was so good; I came back a few days later for more.
Salads In A World Of Pizza And Pasta
D’Amico & Sons has more than pizza or pasta and it is possible to stick to lighter more diet-friendly options. The salad selection is enticingly spread out in a spiffy deli case nestled next to an assortment of sandwiches.
The organic kale salad was fresh-made and did a good job of tenderizing the bite of an otherwise toughly ruffled vegetable. The addition of hard boiled eggs and a mayonnaise-based light dressing melded a smoothness and pulled everything together. It is so nice to have a low calorie dish that is flavorful and filling.
The roasted golden beet, chevre, toasted hazelnuts salad had a soft-edged quality that softened the strong flavor beets can have. Crunchy hazelnuts made a pleasant nutty-sweet crunch and added true Italian flavor.
Italian Inspired Desserts
For those pulling out all the stops, the desserts, including bars, cookies, cake slices and custards are worth a try too. The raspberry semifreddo with key lime cream had a refreshing sugary citrus zing that capped off the garlic of my pizza entrée.
On my last lunch visit pleasant as it was, we skipped dessert. We will make up for that next time.
Restaurant Location and Hours
D’Amico & Sons – Edina, 3948 West 50th Street, Edina, MN 55424, (952) 926.1187. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. with Sunday brunch 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.