Pizza has a long and storied history, dating as far back as the Neolithic Age when people would add ingredients to bread to make it more flavorful.
In more recent years, the story goes that neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita,” in honor of Margherita of Savoy, the queen consort of Italy. The pizza is made with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, representing Italy’s national colors.
Since that time pizza has taken on many more names and a much larger variety of ingredients.
On a recent evening, my dining guest and I made our way to Italian Affair in Sherman to try some modern pizza.
Parking and building: The initial parking lot is pretty small but there is a wide open lot next to the building that has plenty of parking. The exterior of the building could use a paint job and it appears the restaurant’s sign is burning out. I have seen this sign all over Facebook. (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, ask a younger friend or family member.)
Houston Street is down to one lane because of construction but that doesn’t appear to be impacting Italian Affair’s business. As I was waiting on my guest to arrive, cars were coming and going.
Staff: When we walked in, we noticed there isn’t anything fancy about this place, but the environment is friendly. The restaurant smells so good it would make you want to order one of everything. While I wasn’t greeted at the door, I was treated with respect when I got to the counter to order.
I walked over to the counter and asked if they had meat lovers, and the young man said they did. There were two employees on duty that evening and the young man at the register was extremely nice. There were no other customers inside at this time, but the employee said they had quite a few to-go orders that were keeping them busy that evening. Once I paid, I went and found a table.
Food: We ordered the meat lovers ($20), two drinks ($1.75 each) and two side salads ($1.85 each). The restaurant serves Coke products and has tea to drink. You can get pizza by the slice or order the whole pie. The restaurant also has Stromboli, Italian rolls, subs and a few pasta dishes. Bringing your own beer and wine is also allowed. It took just under 15 minutes to get the pizza. When the cook brought out our pizza, he was still smiling.
The salad was crisp and fresh. The pizza was brought out hot and it looked amazing. The pizza was very flavorful and the crust was so light. I could have probably eaten more, but I knew it would be better not to.
On Monday nights, Italian Affair offers a special of $12 large pizzas. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are all you can eat pizza for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
By the time we left the front part of the building, part of the back was full of people. The thing that stuck out to me was it was just two guys and they were still smiling while doing their jobs.
Final thoughts: If you are looking for a place to bring your family, this place would be ideal. I will certainly go back.
It is my heart’s belief that 80 percent of the problems we have are due to communication or the lack thereof. If we could all learn to appreciate each other’s differences and learn to disagree, yet still be able to coexist, what a beautiful world it would be. I have learned along the way that it’s not always what you say but how you say it that matters. My challenge to you is to learn to embrace one another’s differences, just like we accept everything from thin crust to Chicago deep dish.