Merrimack: Mr. G’s Pizza Restaurant

The skinny: Mr. G’s is one of a few locally owned pizza places in one of the state’s most populous towns. We recently stopped in at the restaurant, which has plenty of seating, as well as a bar off to the side.

Mr G's Merrimack pizza Greek veggies chickenPizzas here — which, by the way, are Greek — are $6.75 for a small, $8.75 for a medium and $11.75 for a large. (Tax is included in the price.)  Toppings are $1, $1.50 and $2, respectively, for standard toppings, and $2, $2.50 and $3.50 for specialty toppings, such as gyro or eggplant.

There are only a handful of specialty pies here. You could try the Taco ($10.50/$13.50/$17.50), which has nachos, chile, tomato and onion; another option is the Mr. G’s Special ($12/$16/$20), which has — get ready — pepperoni, sausage, ham, salami, meatball, mushrooms, onions, peppers, bacon, black olives and anchovies.

You can also opt for calzones, which start at $7. Toppings are $1-$2 each. Interestingly, the standard cheeses in these dishes are cheddar and feta.

Review: On some of these warmer summer days, we’ve started looking for lighter pizzas. We opted for a medium Chicken Delight ($13.50), which comes with chicken, broccoli and tomato, as well as the usual cheese and tomato sauce.

The chicken was one of the better parts of the pizza. It was broiled, and Deidre found it to be surprisingly moist. And there was a good proportion of it compared to the veggies — each took up an equal third of the pizza.

The broccoli was a decent choice. It had the slightest appearance of maybe being overcooked, but luckily the taste didn’t match that. Andrew liked the bit of crunchiness the broccoli brought to the mix.

Andrew though the tomatoes were juicy and delicious. And while the pieces were big, they weren’t so huge that they came off the slice when you bit into one.

The cheese seemed to be a blend, though a decent one. The amount of cheese seemed to be just right, not too much, not too little. That said, with all the stuff on top, it was a bit overshadowed.

Greek crust in the region has some highs and lows, and we were glad this was a good one. The end crust was unexpectedly thick and doughy, with the top of it adding the right amount of crunch for a great combination.

Deidre found that the toughest part of the pizza to detect was the sauce. She could see it, but she just couldn’t taste it. She wasn’t sure if there just wasn’t enough sauce on it or if, unfortunately, it was on the flavorless side. She felt more of a sauce presence would have improved her meal immensely.

For the cold pizza test, Andrew dug in and found the crust a bit tougher than he’d expected on the outside — though the inside was still nice and chewy. All of the toppings were still delicious, with the tomatoes juicy, the broccoli adding some crunch and the chicken adding moist, meaty flavor.

Rating: Deidre: 3 / Andrew: 4 = 7/10 slices

Mr. G’s Pizza Restaurant
388 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
424-7979

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