The once quaint too small Italian establishment is now named for owner Pat Myers. Since purchasing the restaurant in 2009, they have been cooking up a new image for this little restaurant. From fresh, local seafood to triple the dinning space to a new taproom, there are big changes happening at Patrizio's restaurant right here in Raymond!
Shortly after purchasing the old Willapa Pizza Factory and trying to run the restaurant as it had been for years, the Myers knew that a pick-up/delivery pizza parlor without a dinning area was not going to cut it. Within the first year of business and fully wrapping their arms around it all it entailed, they were inundated with how it could be improved. They began with removing the front counter, adding a dinning room, and replacing the old limited one-note pizza menu. Now there is a hostess desk, 22 seats, and an interesting menu with options to satisfy anyone's taste.
“We transformed this business from a pick-up/delivery kind of pizza joint to a nice Italian restaurant.” exclaims Myers of his business success.
They still offer the pick-up and delivery options, as well as a curbside service where anyone who calls in an order, but does not wish to go inside to pick it up, can have their meal brought right out to their car.
Patrizio's delightful up-to-date menu was hand crafted by the Myers themselves. They started from scratch with a bigger Italian selection in mind. They took great care and time in reinventing their pizza dough to the crispy, golden pizza base we see now. A trip to Seattle took care of the old tomato paste pizza sauce. It was replaced with a hand-selected tomato base accompanied by a variety of savory spices and sensational herbs. The new menu includes a wide selection of dishes including pastas, sandwiches and half- pound hamburgers made of USDA ground chuck. All of these hamburgers are named after cities around the world that influence their toppings and ingredients, such as the Galveston burger topped with Texas-style barbecue sauce and onion rings and the Munich burger that is piled with blue cheese and Canadian bacon. However, the true heart of Patrizio's still lies in the pizza. “...We made pizza every Friday night for the kids for almost 20 years. And ever since they were little, Friday night has been pizza night.” says Myers, recalling where his passion for the food came from. There are about 22 different types of pizza on their menu (not including the build-your-own option) all named after Italian towns.
Running on only 22 seats allowed the business to rise to a better reputation, but in order to thrive, the need for expansion was evident. In late 2012, when the Raymond Drug Pharmacy closed its doors, the Myers saw a major opportunity for further improvement to their restaurant. The main floor space of the expansion has a Tuscan wine country theme that is quiet and peaceful, allowing for a night of family dining or a romantic date night. With custom created tables made to seat up to eight people and the ability to partition the area from other diners, they are expecting the area to become a frequented meeting place for local business and group meetings as well. The old dinning room has become a more accommodating waiting area for pick-up orders.
In the taproom, the Myers intend to offer higher-end wines along with regular dinner wines. They will have 12 taps to serve primarily craft beers along with a few domestic beers. What goes best with pizza to go? Beer to go! The establishment will offer something quite unique in our area; their customers can come in and purchase beer to go. Whether you want to bring in your own container or buy one of their gallon “growlers”, you can take any of the tap beers they offer home with you. The same goes for the wines offered; you can purchase a bottle to go. After the expansion, which will be finished this Friday, Patrizio's will seat 77 people.
The menu at Patrizio's will also be seeing some additions. Myers has brought in USDA choice rib-eyes and Spencer Cut steaks for Steak Saturdays! On Saturday evenings the steak will be prepared by employees specially trained to cook their premium steaks to perfection.
If you've eaten at Patrizio's before, then you know that you just can't beat their salads. They're about to get even better with all of the toppings you love in an all-you-can-eat buffet style salad bar; another feature unique in this area. Living in a region rich with seafood it only makes sense that they would knock that out of the park too!
Top-of-the-line local seafood is on its way to their establishment. Alisa, “the monster of the kitchen” as her husband proclaims her, has some incredible dishes to add to the menu. Anyone desiring local seafood should stay tuned to the Myers ongoing menu additions.
“Excellent, amazing, delicious!” These are just a few of the terms people online are using to describe the service, atmosphere, and food of the new and improved Patrizio's Italian restaurant.
“I'd like to invite everyone who... is not used to the quaint little restaurant... to come in and see what we've done and enjoy a nice dinner in our new dinning room.” says Myers.
If you are ready for a dinning experience that you just don't get in this area, different from any other place in the harbor, check out Patrizio's.