Rumor has it, the northern Italian founders of this family-owned restaurant were the first to bring traditional pizza to central Iowa when they immigrated to the little town of Zookspur in 1914. Back then, Iowans referred to the popular dish as “tomato tart.” Today, loyal customers know it as truly delicious pizza pie.
The atmosphere at 50-year-old A and A Pagliai’s is casual, friendly and easygoing. As you wait for your order to arrive, take some time to check out the vintage photographs lining the walls and read up on the restaurant’s proud heritage. Or feel free to observe the busy cooks as they zip around the kitchen filling steady orders for dine-in and carry-out.
These tasty pizzas come in three sizes: 10-inch, 12-inch and 14-inch (priced from $7.70 for a small cheese). We recommend the Palace Special, generously topped with sausage, beef, pepperoni, mushroom and onion (a medium costs $16.90). Or build your own ‘za from a roster of toppings including the classics as well as shrimp, pineapple, sauerkraut and jalapeno.