When I last checked there were more than 60,000 pizzerias in the United States. Pizza is one of my favorite food groups and has been since I was a kid; pizza was always my food of choice. I’m not alone, more than 94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly. Americans alone eat enough pizzas that if they were laid end to end would circle the Equator over seven times. To bring it to a local perspective cover every square inch of Mackinac Island with pizza, 15 times and you’ll have what Americans consume in pizza every year. I know people have their favorite pizza place. Some of these places are old school and have been around for a while. Some are new to the area and are just getting themselves established and some just happen by accident. That’s what I discovered when I ventured into Paul Revere’s Tavern on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing. Many of you have probably driven by this establishment, more than a few times. It sits halfway between downtown East Lansing and the Meridian Mall. You see, the accident was when the owners, Jim and Karen Driscoll, the cutest and I mean cutest couple who ever owned a restaurant, needed an alternative to the business they lost to the no smoking laws that were established a few years back. It was then they decided to get in the pizza business. Pizza lovers should be glad they did. They make their own sauce and dough and you can tell they do it with pride. It is simply one of the best pizzas in town, bar none. Don’t get me wrong, they serve all the burgers, wings and sandwiches you would expect in a place like this. But pizza? Didn’t see that one coming. Hot and bubbling, straight from their brick pizza oven, each pie is a sight to behold, and smell. Jim and Karen have owned Revere’s for 31 years. It’s cozy, clean and comfortable, they make you feel at home. As you would expect, they carry the requisite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. But they also carry a great variety of Michigan micro-brews on tap. Jim’s laugh is infectious so try and say something funny, you can also ask him about the circular bar that used to revolve. Sounds like musical chairs for grown-ups. So, the next time you get a pizza urge, do yourself a favor, pull into the place you’ve been driving by for years. You’ll be glad you did.
Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.