In a really small town, you don’t have many options. This can be a good or a bad thing. It’s a good thing for business owners, because by opening a tiny pizzeria they become part of the fabric of their community and possibly some of the richest people in town. In Washington DC, it’s a lot harder to attain that kind of importance. However, small-town monopolies can also be a bad thing. In a benign scenario, you might have to head to the next town over. In a worst-case scenario, a cartoonishly diabolical entrepreneur consumes every industry within a 50-mile radius a la Praying for Sheetrock.
But Tony’s Pizzeria isn’t guilty of either offense. As far as pizza in rural, non-ethnic areas goes, it’s pretty good. It’s been around for decades, and hasn’t felt the need to make a website. If you’re going “for pizza,” you are probably going to Tony’s. (Just like if you’re going “to the bar” you are likely going to Third Base Tavern: Last Stop Before Home on Conococheague Street. Small towns take the cake when it comes to creativity with names.)
Tony’s has a vast menu of pizzas, pastas, stromboli, scallops, and other Italian delights. My mother says the scallops are delicious, and apparently it’s hard to find well-cooked fish anywhere. The pizza has endless topping options, but try the Fresh Tomatoes pizza (mozzarella, ricotta, tomatoes, and garlic, no sauce). Today I ordered the manicotti, tubes of ricotta and mozzarella cheese baked in tomato sauce and under a layer of cheese. They have an array of spices on each table for you to use.
Tony’s does have its limits though. Do not order the gnocchi florentine. Do not order the neapolitan pizza. Thick-crust pizza is pretty plebian anyway in my opinion, but has fast food charm if it’s stuffed with cheese and soaked in garlic and butter like Pizza Hut makes it.
Not too long ago, Tony’s bought the laundromat next door and knocked it down to build more seating. The atmosphere is awesome, and there are always people in it. If you swing by here, check it out.
My Rating: 7.5
Recommended Dish: Fresh Tomatoes pizza
Atmosphere: Big, comfy pizza place with a stuffed animal crane in the front.
Clientele: Everyone in Williamsport.
Price Range: $12-$25