We probably have walked by Pepper’s Pizza on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill dozens of times, always thought it looked cool, but never got around to eating there. Today Joe and I decided we would try it for lunch.
The atmosphere is a welcoming mix of cool art and punk grunge pizza parlor – one wall is decorated with artistic portraits of musical celebrities, and the other wall is covered with local artwork for sale. Our server told us Pepper’s has been open for over twenty years under the same ownership but has changed locations. At the current locale, it caters to a business lunch crowd as well as mom and the kids (there is a children’s museum right next store.) However, a lot of the dinner crowd are the old-school types who want to eat pizza and listen to loud music. Yeah, this place has a bit of an edge, character and style.
The menu is relatively simple, basically split between salads, calzones and pizza. The “House Favorites” fifteen cool, eclectic pies, eleven of which can be had by the slice or as whole pizzas. Favoring bold and provocative flavors, Joe naturally ordered two funky slices: the “Bermuda Triangle” – pineapple, jalapeno, feta cheese on a marinara and mozzarella base, and the “Ball Park” – fresh local pork barbeque, smoked andouille sausage and feta cheese on a pesto slice. The rest of the “Favorites” have equally interesting and creative flavor combos. Pepper’s also has marinara, white and pesto pizzas for people like myself who have simpler taste preferences, with the ability to add toppings to any of these pies. I ordered a pesto slice and a house salad and enjoyed my meal. The specialty slices average about $3.25 a slice, and pies average $16 for a medium and $20 for a large.
Overall we really liked our meal. The Connoisseur commented that the soft, chewy, thin crust pizza was particularly tasty, and for 15 bucks, we filled our bellies and left happy.
Pepper’s Pizza is an old school pizza parlor: good food, good prices, and a rock and roll atmosphere- I like!