Childhood friends typically spend most of their time together eating pizza, joyfully ensuring that they'll never become senior-citizen friends. Serving you pies with the time they've got left, the childhood friends behind Pizza Lounge.
Opening Saturday across from Fair Park, P-Lounge is a brazenly inventive gourmet pizza shop helmed by Canton, OH natives who've known each other since their dirt-eating years (age six), and kitsch-ily outfitted with vintage velvet sofas & rockers, chrome/plastic seating, and a beer fridge-backed bar lit by funky stained-glass globes. Topped with local ingredients, the hand-tossed discs start strong with the Cubano (provolone/Swiss/roasted pork/ham/dill pickles), the Mac (& cheese) Daddy, and the five-meat Sofa King, then get wack with numbers like the Greek-A-Lot-A-Pus (lamb/onion/cherry tomatoes/tzatziki) and the Hawaiian: Spam, pineapple, macadamia nuts, and Kona coffee beans, ensuring that even after a late-night scarf you'll stay awake for Dan Aykroyd's PSI Factor. Build-your-own ingredients run from Hatch chiles to pine nuts, but there're also other offerings such as the still-being-perfected pizza soup, the iceberg-wedge Cop Out salad, or Italian sausage-cased "sauerkraut balls", sure to be a hit with Cristal Taylor.
To get you Fair Pickled, there's wine & a dozen bottled beers, plus cocktails like the Hendrick's/cucumber/mint "Scottish Mojito", the Patron/half & half/brown sugar syrup "Amigo Blanco", and dump-bucket sangria -- and if you spent your whole childhood eating pizza, you've become very acquainted with the dump bucket.