By Amanda Rogers
The Food: Like the name says, Trio has pizza and pasta, plus hot and cold subs, stromboli, calzones and salads.
The Story: My husband was in the mood for pizza, which he orders every time we go to Trio. Trio’s regular and specialty pizzas are always good, but he decided to try the Deep Dish Sicilian Special ($21.95). The nice folks behind the counter warned him that it was quite large, a 16-inch square, but he figured he would just have some leftovers.
We were not prepared for the massive pie that arrived and took up most of our table. It was huge! Gooey cheese and a mild sauce let the fresh toppings shine. The crust had a crunch and was thick enough to handle the generous toppings of mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni and peppers (toppings are your choice). He gave the Sicilian a definite thumbs up and said he would be ordering it from now on, especially if we have a crowd. And yes, he’s still eating the leftovers.
The staff warned us that since the Sicilian was a deep dish it would take 25 minutes to bake (it actually was on the table within 22 minutes), so we ordered fried mushrooms ($5.95) to tide us over until the pizza arrived. Two dozen piping hot, breaded mushrooms sprinkled with parmesan cheese arrived just a few minutes before the pizza. We didn’t even get halfway through them, but they were toasty and delicious when dunked in the delicious marinara sauce.
Not realizing just how big the Sicilian pizza was, I ordered my own dinner, chicken fettuccine alfredo ($10.95). Unlike most alfredo sauces, this one was light and creamy without being pasty. Chunks of white chicken were sprinkled among the fettucine noodles in a nice-sized plate. Even though it wasn’t excessively large, I still had leftovers to bring home.
The Atmosphere: Order at the counter, then take a seat and watch the hard-working crew toss your pizza and slide it into one of the massive ovens. Trio is located in a strip center anchored by Mansfield’s original Kroger’s. The restaurant is one big room with black booths, tables and chairs, mostly populated by families on the Friday night we visited.
A continuous stream of customers came through the front doors picking up to-go orders, too.
Murals of firefighters at 9/11 and the New York City skyline liven up the interior.
The Details: 1301 E. Debbie Lane, Suite 106; 817-473-1115; triospizzapasta.com; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday; BYOB
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