By Becky Billingley
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Myrtle Beach – Big Vinny, Little Vinny and the Mama are the Paesanos, or fellow countrymen, at the new Pie-Zanos Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach.
They are members of the Trosterud family who moved to South Carolina from Florida, and they have previous experience at a deli and bakery. Vinny and Rosemarie Trosterud are the proprietors along with their son, Vinny, and Anthony Favoroso is the chef. They say they are committed to providing great food and service for locals.
The restaurant is at the south end of Forestbrook Road in the former location of The Roost, and the interior has been remodeled with a simple and fresh décor. Beer and wine are not yet available; the Trosteruds say those will eventually be served.
Appetizers are $3-$7 and include Fried Calamari, Bruschetta, Garlic Rolls and Cold Antipasto with ham, salami, provolone, roasted peppers, tomatoes, olives and mozzarella. Wings come in three flavors: hot, mild and barbecue.
Four salads are $5-$7: Caesar, Greek, Chef and Garden.
Pizzas have chewy crusts and come in 10- 16- or 18-inch sizes. Prices start at $8 for a 10-inch cheese and go up to $18 for a large Pie-Zanos with meatballs, ham, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers and black olives. Extra toppings are $1.50 each, and a specialty pies include Meat Lover, Veggie, Hawaiian, White, Taco and Barbecue Chicken.
Calzones are $7 or $12 for ricotta with mozzarella, and additional fillings are .75 cents or $1.50. A stromboli is $7.25 or $12.25 if filled with pepperoni, mushrooms and mozzarella; additional fillings are .75 cents or $1.50. Sausage Rolls, Spinach Rolls and “Garbage” Rolls are $5.50 apiece.
Half and whole Hot Subs are $5.50-$7.50, and a few of those choices are Italian, Vegetarian, Meatball, Eggplant Parmigiana and Sausage Parmigiana.
Several entrees are $9-$13 and come with pasta and a salad. They include Penne a la Vodka, Eggplant Rollantini, Fettuccine Alfredo, Shrimp Pesto, Shrimp Scampi, Gnocchi Pesto (the server said they made their own gnocchi), Calamari fra Diavolo, Shrimp fra Diavolo, Chicken Marsala and Chicken Francaise.
Children’s choices are $6 and include a beverage: Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Fingers or Grilled Cheese with fries, Spaghetti with Meatballs or a personal-size Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza.
Desserts are $3.50 each, and they are Cheesecake, Cannoli or Chocolate Cake.
Pie-Zano’s is at 101 Prather Park Dr. in Myrtle Beach, and the phone number is (843) 742-5688. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Delivery is “not yet” available.