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Noise level: Average.
Bathroom Amenities: Clean and stocked.
High Chairs? Yes.
Got milk? Yes.
Kids’ menu? Small portions and by the slice.
Food allergy concerns? Gluten-free options available.
Located at the corner of Trenton and Main, Heavenly Pizza sits at the very south end of the complex with ample parking and an easy entrance. From the outside, it looks modest. Since we have only ever gotten delivery, dining in was going to be a new adventure.
We stopped by around 5pm on a Tuesday evening. Divine scents of baking bread and Italian seasonings welcomed us as we walked through the door. Bright colors and pictures decorate the wall and we were greeted immediately, like old friends stopping by a neighbor’s kitchen. When my son and I explained we are dining in but not sure what to order, the owner, Josh Elchert, immediately stepped up to help us decide.
Extensive menu for your family’s pizza, subs, and salads
Since my son is a teenage boy and eats the equivalent of a small army every day, I let him take the wheel to figure out the main pizza. Pizzas range from 10 inches to 16 inches (Jr. Jumbo) or the behemoth Jumbo, which, of course, was the size my son wanted. He settled on the Jumbo half cheese and half bacon plus a meatball sub without onion. Since I’m trying to eat healthy, Josh suggested the gluten-free version of a small pizza. I was hesitant because my experience with gluten-free pizzas has not been the best. I decided to give the gluten-free a try but ordered a small chef salad, too, just in case. Josh suggested the homemade house dressing and assured me I would not be disappointed.
We took a seat near the window after choosing a beverage from the well-stocked cooler near the cash register. There are enough tables to fit several families or small groups comfortably, which is surprising, as from the outside, the restaurant does not look that big.
As we waited for our food, customers began to come in for pick-up orders. Every person greeted Josh or the friendly staff members like family. In a matter of minutes (which seemed to be just about 10 but was probably a little longer), our order arrived.
My son wasted no time digging in to his Jumbo while simultaneously starting on his meatball sub (teenagers!). I had a hard time deciding what to eat first. The salad was much bigger than I anticipated for $4.95. I expected a smaller portion. Salads are available as small, large and family-sized.
The recommendation for the salad was solid. I was not disappointed with the salad dressing. In fact, the vinaigrette may be one of the best I have ever tasted. The salad was filled with meats, cheese, egg and croutons, and the dressing was on the side so I could use as little, or as much, as I wanted.
Josh was right about the gluten-free pizza, too. I could not believe the pizza was gluten-free. The crust tasted like “regular” pizza. In fact, I will be ordering gluten-free from Heavenly Pizza from now on! Almost every customer that came in while we ate began chatting with us at some point.
Many commented on the salad (“Isn’t that amazing!?”) or praising the gluten-free pizza. We had to agree.
At the end of the meal, I had so much left over (somehow), I was able to take it with me to my evening English class at the University to share with hungry students, who were more than excited by the Heavenly Pizza surprise.
Community proud and paying it forward
In addition to the great food and service, the friendliness of the staff and customers made the dining-in experience even more pleasant. Just as amazing as the food, Josh has been active in the Findlay community in several ways for some time. The restaurant has picked local charities each month as a target for donations and late this summer, Josh switched his method of giving back to a Pay It Forward Program that helps feed hungry children every day.
Guests are invited to participate by buying a slice for $2.50 (they are big slices!) and a second slice, for just a dollar, which will be given to a hungry child. Heavenly Pizza picks up the rest of the cost and is now providing a safe place for children to eat free. He explained that on some days, it is not unusual for the restaurant to have 25-30 children stopping by for a slice, which may be their meal for the night.
1404 N. Main St., Findlay | 419-423-7494
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Pizza by the slice hours:
Sunday: 3:00pm-7:00pm and
and 3:00-7:00 pm