Jamico’s: A slice of Mountain View history

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.

This is the original menu for Jamico's Pizzaria, which has been in business on Mountain View Drive for more than 50 years. It's had many owners over the years, and the current ones are considering expanding the menu to include Mexican fare.

This is the original menu for Jamico’s Pizzaria, which has been in business on Mountain View Drive for more than 50 years. It’s had many owners over the years, and the current ones are considering expanding the menu to include Mexican fare.

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.

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