Some Guys Pizza, Pasta, Grill

This busy, upbeat pizza and pasta restaurant lies at the east end of Broad Ripple. Their brick oven churns out perfectly-crusted (if you’re into the whole thin-crust thing) pizzas with toppings ranging from traditional to on pizza?! and pasta dishes frosted with gooey toasted mozzarella.

For all the times we’ve visited Some Guys and enjoyed multiple permutations of ravioli, tortellini, tomato-vodka sauce and such, we only recently tried the pizza, leaving that arena to Bazbeaux, Broad Ripple’s “other” gourmet pizza haven. We’re hooked now, and proud to declare that there the winner is not either restaurant, but the diners. Emily enjoyed the primavera pizza, but I found it slightly oiler than I would have preferred. We’ve heard the Thai chicken pizza is good as well, however I’m going to have to work up to that: I’m a pizza traditionalist. Only in the last few years have I opened my mind enough to accept anything but the thickest, deepest, sausagiest Chicago-style cholesterol-fest pizza.

Since their excellent pizza was a new experience for us, the pasta selections are obviously what has kept us coming back. I really can’t decide which they do better. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit on one of the rare days when they have lasagna available.

I love me a good wood oven. During our last visit, Emily and I announced to each other that our next house will have two such massive wood ovens: one in the kitchen, and one on the deck near the pool that friends and neighbors can use. This would be after we win the lottery, of course. Which in turn would be after we begin playing, and that is unlikely.

Some Guys serves good beer (Bell’s Oberon in the summer, Blue Moon, Peroni, etc), and wine, as well. The latter packs quite a punch if you haven’t eaten in the eight hours prior to your dining experience. Best to wait on that Roma bread (yeah, get the Roma bread. It’s garlicky nirvana) before getting too far through your Chianti.

Desserts aren’t to be missed, either. Tiramisu and carrot cake have finished off more than one pleasant meal in the past.

The wait staff is quite a bit friendlier and easy-going than average, though they do stay quite busy in the confines of the densely-packed restaurant. This is a restaurant we would happily recommend to all walks of life for any happy occasion.