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Desi's Pizza: Traditional Entrees with Generous Portions

Hillsborough's Desi's Pizza doesn't skimp on its traditional Italian entrees.

You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice:

Desi’s Pizza

Overview:  Occupying one of Route 206’s many strip malls, Desi’s Pizza offers brick-oven pizza and traditional Italian entrees. The space formerly housed the Kalamata Café and Boro Pizza.

Décor: The restaurant’s décor includes a limited assortment of seating in the front of the restaurant—for those grabbing a quick slice of pizza—and a dining room for those in search of a more relaxed meal. It’s a very casual atmosphere, but doesn’t cater to any particular cultural feel.

The Drinks: Desi’s has two large refrigerators stocked with sodas, water and other drinks. If you’re looking for something with more punch, it’s BYOB though.

 Entrees:  As the name suggests, the menu stars are pizza and pasta, and all the pizzas are baked in the restaurant’s brick oven. In addition to the usual pizza toppings, the restaurant has several specialty pizzas like Pizza alla Vodka (pizza with vodka cream sauce, homemade mozzarella, mushrooms and prosciutto).

Desi’s has a selection of hot and cold sandwiches that ranges from traditional ham and cheese and turkey and cheese to cheesesteaks and chicken and meatball parmigiana subs.

Pasta entrees include the usual offerings, with fish, veal, chicken and meatless dishes.

While a slice of pizza would have been the obvious choice, I decided to try the restaurant’s Gnocchi in tomato sauce instead. Since I also treated a friend, a Chicken Parmigiana sandwich made its way to our order as well.

Desi’s serves generous portions of pasta, so be prepared to have leftovers. The gnocchi arrived smothered in a tasty tomato sauce—though if you’re a fan of smooth sauces, you’ll be disappointed. Desi’s is definitely a chunkier sauce—that ended up getting me three meals.

My friend’s Chicken Parmigiana sandwich was fairly unremarkable, though still tasty.

Desserts: Desi’s does not have a dessert menu, but Hillsborough’s is only a few shops away.

The Service: At 8 p.m. on a weekday, the restaurant was fairly empty. Service was attentive but not intrusive, though the restaurant may be more packed during peak hours.

Address: 424 US Highway 206, Hillsborough

Cost: $

Phone: 908-281-5558

Rich June 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
The food has been great since we started to cater to this place. The owner takes interest in you personally every time we walk in. The food is a good value for what you get and the salads are always the best. The PIZZA is the best he makes it old world style and the sauce is the best in town. The service is friendly and at times they are very busy as stated during peak hours but worth the wait. Where else can you feed a family of four under $40.00?
L Lee September 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM
You may want to re-review this place but order the pizza this time. I've never tried the entrees, it's a laid back place but the pizza made fresh deserves more than the lukewarm review given here. Last month we went in and had the fresh made Margarita & Fiorintino pizzas (I'm a fan of prosciutto) and OMG it was wonderful. If you want thin-crust pizza, this place is the way to go.
Maggie Long September 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This place is wonderful. I had a pasta dish that the chef recommended. It wasw prosciutto, vodka sauce, penne pasta, and mushrooms. I couldn't stop eating even though I was about to pop! We also had it delivered to my work and the team thoroughly enjoyed it.

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