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Mystery Diner: Pizza is the star at rock 'n' roll themed Gonzo's

There's a pizzeria in downtown Sandwich that's a little bit rock 'n' roll and a whole lot delicious.

Gonzo's Pizzeria opened in December of 2007 and has been serving up tasty pizza pies in its rock 'n' roll themed restaurant ever since.

The eatery uses the recipe from Gary "Gario" Schaefer of Aurora, who founded Gario's Pizza in Montgomery in 1960, according to archived news articles.

Gonzo's walls are jam-packed with musical memorabilia from bands like KISS, Cheap Trick, the Ramones and Aerosmith, as well as other pop culture touches. The interior reminds one of an old rock concert-going friend's paneled basement, perhaps with an Italian-American mom who does some killer cooking.

And the restaurant's pizzas are jam-packed with delicious toppings, depending on your tastes.

There's the Special, with sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, green olives, tomatoes and extra cheese. Or the Memphis Chick, with barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken breast strips, onion, tomato, and topped with cheddar and more mozzarella. Or the Meat Maniac, with cheese, sausage, American bacon, Canadian bacon and pepperoni.

Gonzo's also serves up a generous amount of sandwiches, like Italian beef or meatball sandwiches.

Gonzo's also has a variety of appetizers, like the Frickin' Chicken Pie, which is chicken breast strips, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and hot sauce or barbecue sauce (your choice), tucked between two layers of pizza dough in a 7-inch pan. It's served with a side of barbecue sauce, bleu cheese dressing, hot sauce, or ranch. They also have a variety of nachos, garlic and pizza breads, and other snacks.

During my visit, I got some carryout but had enough time to check out the eatery's fun decor.

I chose a Special, with thin crust. Gonzo's cuts its thin crust into squares, tavern style, the way thin crust should be cut, in this writer's humble opinion.

The pizza was, in a word, amazing. The crust was perfectly thin and cracker crisp, and the toppings were plentiful. The pizza was bursting with tons of flavor.

I also ordered an appetizer of Pizza Logs, which are egg roll wrappers stuffed with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and deep fried, served with a side of red sauce.

Another benefit of Gonzo's is that it regularly hosts local musicians who play their originals or cover tunes to a hungry audience.

In all, Gonzo's is a great place to get a pizza pie and some appetizers, catch some local talent and live out your rock 'n' roll fantasy.

• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Record Newspapers. The diner’s identity is not revealed to restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a restaurant and then reports on the experience. The Mystery Diner is not intended to be a restaurant critic but does highlight the parts of a dining experience that he/she can recommend.


WHAT: Gonzo's Pizzeria

WHERE: 9 N. Main St., Sandwich

HOURS: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Tuesday.

INFORMATION: 815-786-3322,

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