A new pizzeria has opened in the former Mizu sushi space at 2140 W. 21st St. Bronx Pizza & Pints celebrated their grand opening on Monday and we swung by to check it out.
2140 W 21st St., Wichita, KS 67203
Monday – 11am – Midnight
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 2am
Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Bronx Pizzeria specializes in pizzas, pastas, calzones, and salads. They also have a full bar along with a handful of televisions spread throughout the restaurant for those looking to watch a game or just hang out.
I want to be completely truthful with everything that took place, so here goes nothing.
Upon arriving, it did take a while to be greeted or seated. Finally, someone who I don’t believe was even working that particular day approached me and said I could have a seat and someone would be by to take my carryout order. Another long wait ensued, and eventually a server came over and asked if I had been helped. She was apologetic and even offered me a free beer but I passed. I noticed there was some slowness at other tables too.
I placed an order for a veggie pizza and asked them to add on pepperoni and sausage because they didn’t have a supreme pizza listed. Pizza wasn’t the only thing I came for, though, I also ordered the chicken parmigiana dinner.
During this time, owners were going around talking to tables and getting feedback. At this time, I did let the owners know about the slowness. I wanted them to know that I was completely fine with it, but other diners in the future may not be as forgiving. They told me that they had four employees no show on the first day, which really put them in a bind. There was some good back and forth and they are working hard to find staffing. I really think they are trying, but were dealt some crappy cards to start. Patience is something diners will want to practice in the early stages of Bronx’ opening.
Eventually, my pizza and parmigiana dinner came out. There was a table ahead of me who had been waiting and I saw the owner comp their entire meal of three pizzas. They eventually did the same for me after the long wait despite my objection, so my dinner was free aside from the tip I still left for the staff.
After the “Are you still there?” texts I was receiving, I arrived home with dinner in hand.
I must admit, the pizza was worth the wait. Megan’s first bite in and she said, “Mmmmm, this is a really good pizza” and it was. I know most people who love New York-style pizza were probably craving big thin slices of pizza, but this is one worth trying. The pizza was well constructed, plenty of toppings, nice layer of sauce and cheese and overall, delicious. The biggest complaint of the night at home was, “You need to stop feeding me all this food, it’s not good for the diet.”
I also was a big fan of the chicken parmigiana dinner. The chicken cutlet topped with the homemade marinara sauce was quite tasty. The chicken wasn’t dry, it was easy to cut into and nearly melted in my mouth.
Let’s face it, Bronx Pizza & Pints is struggling right now with finding staff and going through some kinks with their relatively new servers. If it’s something you can overlook and have the patience for as they go through the growing stages, the food is definitely worth it in my opinion.
If you don’t have the time to wait, I’d allow them a couple of weeks to iron everything out.
Here’s the menu:
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