In a dramatic attempt to combine father and sonliness with a thorough defrosting of the car, Oliver and I drove over the causeway to Cornwall tonight and had dinner at the new Pizza Delight.
My experiences with Pizza Delight until today had been limited to (a) the insanity of the Pizza Delight at the Cavendish Boardwalk on a rainy midsummer day, (b) the ghoulish experience of eating pizza in the Pizza Delight in the old 1911 jail in Charlottetown (I’ve never understood how “last state execution on PEI” and “tasty food” go together) and (c) the lukewarm cardboard pizza from the Confederation Court Mall location.
In other words “not good.”
I was pleasantly surprised.
Outside of Mcdonalds, restaurants that cater to families with kids are few and far between. And Mcdonalds exacts the heavy dual price of sappy character addiction and moribund food.
Pizza Delight in Cornwall, I’m happy to report, is an exception to this rule. And they pull it off without the use of magic characters named Pizzi and Roni.
Pizza Delight’s kid goodness starts with a kid menu that has more than chicken fingers and french fries: they make pizza shaped like dogs and cats. That was enough to rope in Oliver for life. Then there’s the bread bar — choose bread, spread gloop, grill. It’s a clone of the Piazza Joes one, but they serve better bread.
They’ve got crayons and colouring paper at the ready, juice served in spill-proof cups, and really friendly staff. To top it off, they bring around a “treasure chest” at the end of the meal from which kids are allowed to extract a lovely parting gift — and the gifts run the gamut from books to bouncy balls.
None of these things is revolutionary or unique. But weaving them all together as they do in Cornwall, and in a clean, well-lit, colourful room, well that’s rare indeed.
We’ll be back.