Marinades Pizza Bistro
An apple wood fired oven at 650 degrees. This is the beginning of one of the best pizzas around. Merinades, locally owned and operated, is located in downtown Rockford just a couple minutes east of US131 and more than worth the drive. The big box pizza chains cannot do it like these guys. After eating there for the third time we found they couldn’t do it the same each time–it was definitely better each time!
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza & The Roman Delight
Is it obvious yet that we really liked the pizza? They make several different and unique pizzas including the Wild Mushroom and The Blues which are two of their top pizzas and two we loved. As for the pizzas, the one thing that stood out to our different editors who tried it was the Herb Puree. This puree is out of this world and more unique to Merinades than their one of a kind cheese blend which has a twelve month aged Asiago cheese. Comparing this pizza to a chain pizza is like comparing our Detroit tigers to your kids t-ball team. No wait, These guys haven’t lost one yet!
The menu boasts any toppings your palate may desire. You will love the offering which include things like kalamata olives, fresh oregano, eggplant, zucchini, yellow pepper, spinach, red onion, sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil just to name a few. Then finishing it off with their special cheese blends or other cheeses like their goat cheese makes it a pizza we will not stop talking about anytime soon.
We cannot forget their winning sandwiches. Yes, we were stuck on the pizza however, we had someone try The Roman Delight and THAT’S A SANDWICH! The Roman Delight looks a little like this: a sourdough batard (a type of bread similar to baguette) with ham, pepperoni, salami, mushroom, onion, green pepper, Marinades Cheese blend toasted to perfection, and topped with lettuce, Roma tomatoes, and Italian dressing. Okay, exactly like that and it is phenomenal.
We would also like to recommend the Cheezie Stix with dill dip. Why? Well, because we hear they are great and we have a coupon link for you! Click on the link, print the coupon and with the required pizza purchase they are FREE! They do have other appetizers which we heard were good as well like the pita & hummus.
Finishing out the menu there are salads and pastas. Once you are there you will find a nice little dining area so that you can enjoy your pizza, yes we want you to start with the pizza. There is a good selection of cold beverages including a nice selection of beer and other drinks. Finally, I was told at my most recent visit that the deserts are really good.
They have daily specials worth checking out also.
Go ahead, enjoy a great pizza and some time in this charming little town. There are many great shops that are as original as Merinades pizza here in Rockford.