Tonella’s Pizza Kitchen
Yes they do have Real Philly Cheese Steaks!
Trust me, I have eaten Philly Cheese Steaks at Geno’s, Pat’s and Jim’s in South Philly, my original stompin’ ground. Believe me this is the real thing. So when all you Northerners need your cheese steak fix ,this is where you need to go. And yes they do use Amoroso Rolls brought in from Philly. Just like back home.
It is so nice to have a Mom and Pop Italian restaurant right here in Ballentine. All you need to do is smell the aroma when you walk in and you know it’s going to be good. And then there’s the shelf filled with the freshly baked Italian bread. Don’t see this very often anymore. When we eat there we watch the pizza’s and bread flying out the door for take out. This means the locals already know about the fresh hand tossed dough, the homemade pizza sauce and most important, the highest quality mozzarella cheese. Anyone who knows great pizza agrees that these 3 ingredients make the difference. The NY style pizza is offered in a medium or large size with all the traditional toppings. And then they offer the specialty pizzas such as White pizza, Margherita, Veggie and Chicken with pesto to name a few. Also a Stromboli, loaded with meats and cheese. Have not seen one like this in years.
On our last trip I was lucky that the special was my all time favorite. Shrimp and scallops Fra Diavolo served in a big white Italian spaghetti bowl with some of that homemade bread for dipping. It was outrageous. Chad ordered fried mozzarella for an appetizer while they made his pizza. No frozen stuff served here. It was fresh slice mozzarella cheese breaded and flashed fried served with the fresh tomato sauce. What a treat before the large pepperoni and mushroom pizza arrived, cooked to perfection, Chad never varies, but says he always knows it will be good here.
This is a great casual neighborhood stop. Good for the family to enjoy. I watched people order the roasted Gorgonzola chips and all I hear in YUM. They make the fried fresh potato slices and top them with creamy gorgonzola cheese dressing and everyone raves about them.
Great entrees, nice salads, subs, Italian hoagies all served on the Amoroza rolls. Add beer, wine, teas and sodas along with some homemade desserts and you have completed the puzzle for a successful old time Northern Style Italian restaurant. All you Southerners, we congratulate you in being the best at barbecue, but when comes to Italian we Yankees really know what it takes. This is our contribution to your wonderful state.
The owner, Tony Tonelis, learned his art as a restauranteur in Philadelphia, PA where he grew up.The name Tonella’s comes from the way they spell his last name in Northern, Italy he proudly tells you, which is where his heritage originates. Talking to him is uplifting as he permeates such pride in his history, his family, his restaurant and his love for his contribution to his life here in South Carolina. His tenacity is apparent by his employees who started with him four years ago and still remain. Thanks Tony, your hard work is appreciated!
See ya’ll around town,
Hours : Monday / Saturday 11:00 am til 9:00pm [Close Sunday]
Eat In, Take out, Catering
1349 Dutch fork Rd.
Ballentine, SC 29063