By: Dana Mason
Change of plans…
Last week we decided we we’re going to a soul food restaurant today. Well we were out of luck because once we got to class, the soul food place closed. We found this out right before we were about to leave. I have to be honest though, I forgot we’re even going somewhere to eat. I’m lucky I decided to come to class today because I was really exhausted after work. ANYWHO. We hopped in Supa’s supped out truck. I’ve never been in a Dodge Ram before, it was cool. We still had no idea where we are going to go eat. We’re in the truck just riding around the Bardstown area, three of us have our phones in our hands looking up places to eat. Tumbleweed? SKIP. Chilis? NAH. We wanted something locally owned that wasn’t a chain restaurant. The only places we saw was A Mexican restaurant and a pizzeria. We decided on the pizzeria, which is Arno Pizza.
Arno’s Pizzeria is at 3933 Bardstown Road. It’s another small joint, well it’s probably a average size for a restaurant that’s located in a shopping plaza type of building. One thing that really stood out for us was the fact that Arno’s had a 100/A on it’s health inspection. The owner said he’s only gotten a 98 in past 7 years or so, due to moving locations. We walk in Arno’s and it’s only one other customer in there. Some old guy. Eating is whole pizza pie with a fork and knife. This initially worried me, in my head I wondered if this place was going to be good. I didn’t expect it to be bustling with a line of people down the street on a Monday evening. The interior was, in my opinion, kind of “bland”. Again I wasn’t expecting anything fancy given the location. In fact I stated in one of my recent posts how I loved places that didn’t look like much from the outside, but the food made up for it all the way. Arno’s is another one of those places. Arno’s has a tv/stereo set up in the front of the store with random instrumentals playing. They aren’t bad at all, in fact you wouldn’t notice the music unless you focus on it.
The Meat Lover’s Pizza
We ordered a 16 inch meat lover’s pizza with a side of cheesy bread. Garlic sauce too. We all started on the cheesy bread first. The cheesy bread was good. Okay, side note, I love bread. I love cheese. I love cheesy bread. Oooh boy. Okay to Arno’s. The cheesy bread was mozzarella cheese, garlicy, goodness. Such a simple combination of ingredients made so good. I’m not a fan of garlic sauce anymore so I skipped that. my classmate said it’s so thick because it’s kind of fatty. The crust was perfect too. Not to soft and chewy, not to hard and burnt. It’s crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside. Once the cheesy bread was gone it’s time to start on the main pizza pie. I think we all agreed that the pizza was pretty dang good. Too my classmates surprise, I don’t like pepperoni on my pizza. I can eat them by themselves perfectly fine. The pizza was kind of greasy. My classmate was soaking up the grease with a napkin. I do not think this was bad. It’s justifiable by the fact that it was so much meat on the pizza, generating so much of the juices. But the pizza itself was good. I usually don’t go for a meat lover’s pizza at any restaurant, but at Arno’s there’s an exception. There was also a perfect amount of sauce on the pizza as well. Compared to a place like Bearno’s that doesn’t have a lot of sauce on the pizza, Arno’s is perfect. Again the crust, MMMM, I love pizza crust. Depending on the crust you get a little char on the bread sometimes you don’t. By my second slice I was already full. I tried to take different bites with some chili peppers and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to see if it gave it more flavor. It didn’t, which is why I skip those condiments on any pizza.
Arno’s Pizzeria is definitely a place to try if you want a pizza place to go to that’s not a chain restaurant. The pizza wait time isn’t that bad, about 20 minutes tops. The service is good, the owner and the waitress that helped him bring out our order we’re very nice and welcoming. I would definitely come back to get a pizza to go, but, I would worry that the drive home would make the flavor wane a bit or not. I recommend Arno Pizza if you’re ever in the Bardstown area of Louisville. Thanks for reading!