Breaking the (restaurant) chains, a slice at a time.
There’s a standout among chain restaurants popping up in Ephrata. Since opening in January, the area’s newest Italian eatery, Fratelli’s Pizza – located in the southeastern end of the Ephrata Marketplace – has been surrounded by chain restaurants: Five Guys, Subway, Starbucks, even McDonald’s is coming this July. But worry not – Fratelli’s offers items you just can’t find anywhere else.
After checking out the menu, I’m skipping ahead to dessert. Why? Two words I thought I’d never hear together: Nutella pizza. A 10-inch pizza crust is baked and loaded with the chocolate hazelnut spread, sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with sliced almonds.
As for standard pizzas, Fratelli’s offers four distinct sizes. The 10-inch personal (which is pretty big for a personal) has four slices. The medium measures 14 inches and is separated into six slices, while the large is 16 inches with eight slices. Then there is the Sicilian – a whopping 16-by-16-inch pie with 16 slices.
Fratelli’s has all the standard toppings, but its list of 21 gourmet pizzas is something to behold. While varieties like taco, Buffalo chicken, and Philly steak make appearances, there are some noteworthy gourmet pies. The Spanako pizza is a classic Greek spinoff with spinach, feta cheese, mozzarella and tomatoes; the Florentine marries spinach, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese and sauce; the bacon cheese fries pizza (yes, you read that right) is topped with bacon, ranch dressing, french fries, cheddar and mozzarella cheese. If the bacon cheese fries pizza doesn’t sound like a late night face feed, I don’t know what does.
Fratelli’s also offers seven varieties of wraps and focaccia sandwiches (all served with fries), 12 different salads and nine styles of stromboli. When it comes to traditional subs, Fratelli’s has both hot and cold – everything from traditional ham and cheese to the Gizmo cheeseburger sub (grilled ham, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, American cheese and mayo). A medium sub is served on a 10-inch homemade roll, and a large is 16 inches. Those grand portions also apply to steak sandwiches as well. All of the Fratelli’s steak sandwich styles can be made with beef or chicken; varieties run the gamut from the traditional cheesesteak (with sauce and fried onions) to the Buffalo chicken cheesesteak (with hot sauce, bleu cheese and fried onions).
So, if the selection at the fast food chains is worn out, Fratelli’s has something for everyone. Seriously – Nutella pizza.
• 848 East Main Street, Ephrata; 733-3333
• Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.