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THE DISH: Suwanee Pizza Kitchen

1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 150, Suwanee

678-546-0823

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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski Suwanee Pizza Tavern serves chicken wings, fried mozzarella and pizza, made with fresh homemade dough.

On the Menu

Cajun grilled pasta — Penne pasta and diced seasoned chicken breast smothered with a Cajun cream sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and served with garlic toast, $10

Meatball sub — Italian meatballs served in marinara sauce, covered in mozzarella cheese and tucked into a toasted hoagie. Served with fries, $8

Classic caesar salad — Romaine lettuce serves with caesar dressing, croutons and Parmesan cheese, $8

Baked salmon — Salmon fillet baked in the wood fire oven, served with a salad or choice of steamed vegetables or butter garlic angel hair pasta, $14

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Suwanee Pizza Tavern

Suwanee Pizza Tavern

Open since: Nov. 9

Owners: Melissa Dean and Phillip King

Location: Suwanee Pizza Tavern is located in Suwanee's Jubilee shopping center.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m. Sundays

Atmosphere: Suwanee Pizza Tavern was once a Little Azio's, another pizza joint. But when owners Melissa Dean and Phillip King took over, they ripped out fixtures, repurposed the wood and built new structures to compliment the space.

The bar, host stand and focal walls are made of the dark woods that were reused. The large space has several areas to dine at, including the bar, booths, at the pizza bar or at the island separating the bar from the main dining area.

The large middle island or "captain's table" is where people can share the space for dining and mingling.

The other side of the restaurant has booths that can hold large parties or small couples. There is a wrought iron divide between the space, but doesn't close off the other dining area from the rest of the restaurant.

But the focal point is the pizza bar and oven. Guests can sit at the pizza bar and watch the pizza chef make the pies to order while working the wood fire oven fulled of smoking pieces of oak.

On Monday night, kids eat free and build their own pie from 5:30 to 8 p.m. They are given dough, marinara, cheese and pepperonis, then taught how to make a pizza. When they have made their pie, one of the cooks throws it in the oven until ready.

"The kids love it and it's been a really big hit because the kids are making pizzas while the parents can relax at the tables," Dean said.

The restaurant also presents acoustic musicians who perform 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Menu: The menu is Italian with a twist. It's not traditional, but it's also not serving contemporary plates.

Suwanee Pizza tavern uses fresh pizza dough -- made in-house -- for its pies, garlic knots and more. What makes its crust stand out is that the cooks add herbs to the dough.

Most popular pizzas are The King (meat lovers), Robilio and pizza bianca (white pie). Every time someone purchases a large Robilio pie, Suwanee Pizza donates $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

For those who love pizza, but have an intolerance for gluten, look no further. This spot can make you a gluten-free crust topped with any toppings you want.

Things you might not know: Some of the musicians who play at Suwanee Pizza include Sean Thomason, Jonathan Jackson, Austin Bolen and Matt Schultz.