Manchester: Annula’s Pizza

The skinny: Oh, yeah: This place is Greek. In case you miss the decorative pattern around the sign, you can take a look at the pizza as soon as you walk in the door. Or just listen to a conversation going on that’s not in English.

It’s a comfy and friendly place, and it gets bonus points for bringing real plates and metal flatware, not the paper and plastic combo that’s typical of most pizza joints.

Pizzas here come in 10, 14 or 18 inches (starting at $6.50/$8.95/$10.95). And there aren’t just the average toppings here: You can try feta, gyro, pastrami or mortadella, for starters.

Specialty pizzas ($9.50/$13.95/$16.95) include some of the same types you’d expect, like vegetarian or meat lovers, but there are others, like the Mediterranean (feta, olives, tomato, onion and spinach) and the Super Cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, American and provolone). Also, there is not one, not two, but three types of Garlic Lovers pizzas. Annula’s offers calzones at similar prices and a little more topping variety.

Review: Greek pizza definitely has a following in southern New Hampshire, and we feel it can sometimes be hit or miss.

We had ordered a medium pizza with hamburger as a topping. The meat was great: It was juicy and marinated. It was an excellent topping choice, because the meat wasn’t dried out like it can get at plenty of other pizzerias.

The crust was definitely crispy. Hold a slice up in the air, and there is no danger of anything sliding off of it. Deidre didn’t find the crust bad, exactly, but it was definitely lacking flavor, making it a little more dry than she would prefer.

While the cheese was fine, the pizza could have used a bit more sauce — it may have made up for the overly crusty crust.

Finally, as for the cold pizza test, Andrew says it passed: Unlike some Greek pizzas, the crust didn’t get stale and inedible. Perfect for a late-night snack.

Rating: Deidre: 3 / Andrew: 3.5 = 6.5/10 slices

Annula’s Pizza
525 Chestnut St., Manchester
669-2005, www.annulas.com

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