Along with family and friends, I recently visited Simms Pizzeria for a late afternoon lunch. The Johnson City eatery is located in the Food City shopping center in the Boones Creek community.
The restaurant offers a small dining area with about eight tables equipped with black hardwood chairs and polished black granite tabletops. The walls are painted a tasteful hue of green and are trimmed with black wood paneling. Three widescreen televisions, usually tuned to sports channels, are located in different areas of the dining area. The rest of the decor consists of a framed poster of Bristol Motor Speedway and various Italian bistro art prints. There are also some gumball vending machines located near the entrance. Outside the restaurant, a couple of picnic tables with umbrellas offer an outdoor dining opportunity.
Patrons order and pay at the front counter, where a large menu board is on view and smaller paper menus are available. I obtained some menus for my dining party to study at one of the tables. I meant to go back to the counter to order, but a server helpfully arrived to take our drink and food orders.
The menu offers a selection of specialty items, hot subs, salads, pasta, desserts and, of course, pizza. Available toppings include anchovies, black olives, broccoli, bacon, green peppers, ham, onions, hot peppers, sausage, meatballs, mushrooms, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, tomatoes and pineapple.
The menu also offers several specialty pizzas, including an eight-topping Supreme, as well as Meatlovers, Vegetarian, Hawaiian and BBQ Chicken pies.
Some of the pizzas that tempted me include the Alla Bianca, a white pizza with garlic, ricotta, mozzarella and herbs, and San Gennero, an Italy-inspired pie featuring sausage, roasted red peppers and onions. I also considered the Superoni, which is a pie featuring double portions of cheese and pepperoni.
My friend and I decided to share a large Chicken and Broccoli Pizza, to which we each added a salad. I chose the Caesar Salad while my friend ordered the Garden Salad.
My parents decided to try items from the pasta and hot subs listings. My mother considered such options as Baked Ziti and Lasagna before she decided to order the Spaghetti. Other pasta dishes on the menu include Jumbo Cheese Ravioli and Fettuccini Alfredo.
My father looked over the menu’s selection of Hot Subs, considering the Ham and Cheese and the Meatball Sub before he chose the Philly Cheese Steak. Other subs available include Buffalo Chicken, Turkey and Italian.
The pizzas at Simms Pizzeria are made New York style, which means they have pizza crusts that are large, wide and thin, yet foldable and chewy.
Our server delivered our salads prior to the arrival of the rest of the meal. My classic Caesar Salad featured lettuce tossed with croutons and mozzarella cheese. The salad came with a thick and zesty Caesar dressing served on the side.
My friend also enjoyed his Garden Salad, which consisted of a refreshing mix of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, herbs and mozzarella cheese. He chose the House Italian Dressing, which gave the salad a tangy enhancement.
About the time we finished our salads, the rest of the meal arrived. The impressive Chicken and Broccoli Pizza was served on a metal pizza stand that loomed over the rest of the table. This mild and delectable pizza featured ample chunks of white chicken meat, broccoli florets and a generous sprinkling of herbs spread over a pizza crust with a base of ricotta cheese. It may be less boldly flavored than pizzas with a tomato-based sauce, but the different ingredients for this pizza meshed well together.
My mother enjoyed an abundant portion of spaghetti noodles smothered in the eatery’s marinara sauce. The spaghetti was also served with two large slices of cheese bread.
My father enjoyed every bite of his Philly Cheese Steak, which featured thinly sliced steak, cheese, green bell peppers and onions on a sub roll.
Dishes and beverages at Simms Pizzeria are served in disposable containers, and customers can get their own drinks from a self-serve soft drink dispenser and containers for tea. My friend and I didn’t finish the large pizza, so we divided the remaining pieces to enjoy later at home.
We also decided to skip dessert, although Simms Pizzeria does offer Cannoli as a sweet treat. Diners might also want to be aware of some special theme nights: Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. is “Dollar Slice Night,” while Tuesday evenings are set aside as Family Night with a special price for a large two-top
We enjoyed our dining experience at Simms Pizzeria, and I would love to return and try some of the other pizzas on the menu.
AT A GLANCE: Simms Pizzeria, 4307 N. Roan St., Suite 2, Johnson City. 610-1040. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Menu prices range from $4.95 to $18.95. Credit cards accepted. Carryout available. Limited delivery available. Catering available. Selection of beers available.