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Yappy Hour March 9th Planning Mill Pizza
Yappy Hour March 9th Planning Mill Pizza
Stephanie Bombardieri

Sunday March 9th, at the Planning Mill Artisan Pizzeria, was a good time to be had by all. The patio was enjoyed by the two legged and four legged friends of the SPCA alike. A beautiful warm day and some delicious offerings from the kitchen made for a great first time experience at this local and unique restaurant.
Doing business out of a historical landmark, the original Planning Mill having been built in 1851, this building now houses a creative mix of locally crafted beer and wine as well as an assortment of appetizers to main courses, including “The Giganteum” and desserts.
For us “Yappy Hour” attendees we were treated to two beverages of our choice as a well as a selection of delicious appetizers and pizza offerings. The Bruschetta and the Fried Ravioli are menu items that are NOT to be passed up. Their bruschetta is a tangy mix of grape tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, topped with cappers and shredded parmesan cheese. The Fried Ravioli were perfectly cooked – as they had a nice crispy crunch, with a creamy cheesy center – not at all like the typical fried pasta favorite.
For Pizza, we had traditional pepperoni and the “Hula Girl”, which was traditional ham, pineapple and a twist of maple bacon. The crust was handcrafted to perfection, not too thick, not too thin and ample amounts of sauce, cheese and seasonings.
In addition to the spread that we were served, they offer a selection of items – from basic salads to the “Italian” which generously fed two gentlemen along with their pizza – I’ve never seen two men enjoy a salad quite as much in fact. The pie selection has unique names – I’m sure that I’ll be ordering “The Godfather” the next time but that’s only if I can pass up their selection of sandwiches – “El Cubano” speaks to my inner carnivore, with pulled pork, ham, bacon and a Cuban slaw. If all else fails the pizza like the “Kitchen Sink” which contains everything imaginable or creating your own pizza or calzone might be the way to go. Unless….well unless you are looking for twenty one pounds of a culinary epic adventure – which can be shared between you and your 15-20 closest friends. “The Giganteum” would be a great idea for your next office party or gathering with friends and family.
You can order your favorite items to eat there or to go – but you’ve got to try their selection of local wine and artisan brews. Their wine list includes that of Engleman Cellars, Fresno and Bella La Vina Farms, Terra Bella. Their draft brews change daily – some of Sunday’s features were Purple Haze and Vanilla Cocoa Porter. You can also catch a flight – a brew flight that is – and try four samples before making your final decision or catching some of your favorite sport on their flat screen t.v.
If you have not been to the Planning Milll Pizza, make that your next night out destination. They are open from 11am-9pm Mon-Saturday and 11a-4p on Sunday. You can find out more info by friending them on Facebook or going to

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