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THE DISH: Cosmo's Original Little Italy Pizza

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Some of Cosmo's Original Little Italy Pizza's top dishes include, clockwise from left, the 18-inch pizza with pepperoni, sausage, green peppers and tomatoes; the stromboli; side salad; and lasagna. (Staff Photo: Michael Buckelew)

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Cosmo's Original Little Italy Pizza offers a casual dining experience for the entire family in downtown Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: Michael Buckelew)

On the menu

• Calzone: Baked dough covered with tomato sauce. Choose from ham and cheese or spinach, or create your own with toppings just 75 cents each. Served with a side salad. $6.75

• Baked ziti: Penne pasta covered with cheese, tomato sauce and meat. $7.25

• Cheese manicotti:

Manicotti shells filled with cheese and topped with tomato sauce. $7.25

Cosmo’s Original Little Italy Pizza

144 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville

770-338-9274

www.cosmospizzaga.com

• Open since: 1983; in Lawrenceville since 2001

• Owner: Brian Crane

• Location: Cosmo’s Original Little Italy Pizza is located in downtown Lawrenceville on East Crogan Street across from the parking deck.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

• Atmosphere: Cosmo’s provides a casual dining experience with tables that normally seat two to six people. Owner Brian Crane describes it as a “family, laid back” place. Customers walk in to the restaurant and place an order at the counter, and the order is delivered to the table. Sunlight illuminates the front half of the store during the day, offering natural light during the lunch and early evening hours.

Televisions are mounted in corners of the restaurant, offering patrons some entertainment while dining. Traditional ceiling fans provide light and a little air circulation when the sun is not shining, accented by sconces down the side wall.

The tables are covered in a red fabric, and the chairs are made of sturdy metal with green fabric and cushioning in the seat.

Sixteen-inch tiles line the floor. They are shaded a light red that closely resembles the two brick walls inside.

Food: Cosmo’s offers a wide range of Italian food options, including subs, calzones, strombolis, pizzas and salads.

“All of our recipes are family recipes that have been in the family for 30 years or more,” Crane said.

Pizza is one of the big sellers, coming in either whole pies or by the slice. The sizes range from a 16-inch medium to a either 17-by-17 inches (Sicilian thick crust) or 18-inch large (Napolitan thin crust). Additional toppings — including traditional options such as pepperoni, green peppers, sausage, and olives, and specialties such as Ricotta, anchovies, meatballs and eggplant — are available for both slices and a whole pizza.

Subs are available with toasted options including turkey and cheese and ham and cheese, and hot options including meatball parmesana and steak, onion, and cheese. They are all served with a bag of chips.

The strombolis are filled with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese and are served with a side salad.

Other dinner options include meat lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken and eggplant with cheese.

Cosmo’s offers traditional soft drink and tea for beverages plus a selection of beer and wine.

Thing you might not know: Crane took over the business 2 1/2 years ago from his father-in-law, Cosmo Trapani, who had run the store for almost three decades.

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Cosmo's Original Little Italy Pizza

Cosmo's Original Little Italy Pizza