Italian eats, Southern barbecue and a world of sports now on tap at E-town’s Pizzatown.
So a guy walks into a bar … connected to a popular Elizabethtown mainstay that’s been around for more than 40 years.
Giuseppe and Vita Ferrarelli – owners of the longstanding Pizzatown restaurant – recently moved a mile away from the original location on North Market Street. When they chose to build from the ground up, they also decided to take a shot at their own sports bar.
The Ferrarelli’s have made the new Legacy Bar & Grill a very personal venture, naming the bar after Vita’s father who recently passed away. It’s his legacy that drives the duo at their new location.
Now located on Veterans Drive in Elizabethtown, the Ferrarelli’s purchased what was a wooded lot and spent two years building a structure that would host both Pizzatown and Legacy Sports Bar, sharing a kitchen between both businesses. The restaurants opened to the public in May.
Upon entering, I was immediately swept up in the sports bar vibe. Eight televisions are spread throughout, with a couple mounted on each wall. A large projection screen is utilized for featured sporting events.
More than a dozen jerseys are framed and hanging on the wall, all of which are part of Giuseppe’s memorabilia collection. It’s an impressive haul, too – a signed LeBron James jersey, along with jerseys from the Eagles and Steelers and one each from all-time greats Michael Jordan and Joe Montana. There’s even a kayak hanging.
Andrew Powers, who serves as Legacy’s manager and also as one of its bartenders, greeted my friend and I as we sat down at a table in front the projection screen – just in time for Monday Night Football. With more than 19 years of experience as a bartender, Powers crafted Legacy’s drink menu and has full control over what’s on tap.
Legacy features 12 rotating beers on tap, as well as an abundance of bottle options. With my visit coming in the fall, Tröegs Master of Pumpkins was the beer of choice.
The drink menu, which includes craft martinis and numerous cocktails, uses top-shelf liquors like 1800 Tequila, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Bacardi rum. Some of the specialties include the Monkey in the Middle (99 Bananas, pineapple and Coco Real Cream of Coconut), the Transfusion (Tito’s, ginger ale and grape juice) and the Sundown (1800 Tequila, orange juice and grenadine). However, no drink on the menu exceeds $6.75 – a price that’s not hard on the wallet.
Ready to sample the food menu, we started with the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, which features fillet shrimp cooked in a spicy sauce. It had plenty of kick by itself, but if you want more spiciness, chili sauce is served on the side.
For our entrees, we ordered the stromboli (with Legacy connected to Pizzatown, we felt obligated to sample their well-known dish), along with the pulled pork sandwich. Pizzatown has the Italian food nailed down, but fortunately for Legacy, Powers is from South Carolina and has helped to create an entirely new barbecue menu.
Powers’ homemade sauce recipes are featured in the pulled pork and brisket, as well as Legacy’s wings. The outdoor meat smoker produces 40 pounds of pork and 20 pounds of brisket every two days.
“We tried to put together a bar food menu people would like,” Powers says. “Barbecue is common. We just do it in a South Carolina way with a sweet taste and good home cooking.”
The food and drink prices are certainly a perk for a night out at Legacy. Our appetizer, stromboli, pulled pork sandwich and a few beers totaled around $40.
Legacy also sets itself up well as a place to go out with friends – not just because of the prices. There are plenty of tables for larger groups, with the indoor area seating up to 80 people and an outdoor area seating 32 for warmer months. Themed nights are also featured, including trivia on Wednesdays and karaoke on Fridays.
Since opening in the new location, Legacy has been building a steady clientele. And if the 40-plus-year management style of Giuseppe and Vita at Pizzatown is any indication, Legacy should do just fine paired alongside the Italian restaurant.
• 50 Veterans Drive, Elizabethtown; 367-0764
• Saturday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. and Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.