Besides a menu laden with pizzas, sandwiches, soups and salads, Jamico’s Pizzaria serves up a hearty helping of neighborhood history.
The restaurant on Mountain View Drive has been in business for half a century. A laminated copy of Jamico’s original menu lists large tomato-and-cheese pies for $3.50 and combination pizzas nearly identical to today’s special. The menu advertises delivery services to Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson, with a 50-cent charge on orders under $5. Fifty years later, the prices have gone up, the offerings have expanded but most of the originals remain.
The restaurant has dark, wood-paneled walls, deep booths, a fireplace and low lighting. There’s a flat screen TV high on the wall at the back of the room, and a cooler with bottled drinks. The waitress was happy to talk about the restaurant’s history, the neighborhood and other local eating options. Lunch — a basket of plump onion rings and a thick-crusted pepperoni pizza — came out within 15 minutes. On a drizzly summer afternoon, the warm, greasy food hit the spot.
Other diners recommend the sandwiches and gyros. The dentist down the street said his entire office makes Jamico’s a regular destination at lunch.
It’s a casual place; you can pay at the counter or at the table and if you only have a few leftover slices, you can wrap them up yourself in a piece of tinfoil.
It’s the kind of pizza that’s still delicious cold hours later.
Jamico’s Pizzaria is located at 3952 Mountain View Drive and open seven days a week from 11-12 a.m.