Acropolis Pizza and Pasta
500 Central Way
Kirkland WA 98033
A Kirkand Classic with HUGE Grinders
By: Steve G
Take a step into the time machine to engorge yourself on good ol' fashioned comfort food at the Acropolis in Kirkland. Once you step through the door, you'll notice the worn out carpet, blue drapery and geometric design shapes that all come out of 1970's design. If you can over look the drab decor, Acropolis offers up some mighty fine comfort food in all of its greasy and heart stopping goodness.
Considering that the name of the place is called Acropolis, you would assume that they would have a full complement of Greek food, but they only offer pasta, pizza, and hot sandwiches, not that is it's a bad thing by any means. Grant ordered up the Lasagna($14.95), while Bryan went with the Acropolis Special Pizza($19.95). I wanted to go with a lighter meal and got the Cold Cut Grinder($6.95).
The Oven Baked Lasagna came served smoking hot with the cheese bubbling over. The pasta was a bit firm and made for a chewy experience when combined with the beef. The sauce was a bit soupy and wasn't soaked into the meat which made it seem like it was overcooked. Overall, it wasn't bad but we've seen better at places only a few blocks away. Note: If the lasagna by itself isn't enough for you, a half chicken can be added for only $5 more or spareribs for $6.
If you love greasy pizza, you'll love the Acropolis Special Pizza. Loaded with tons of salami, sausage, green peppers, pepperoni, sauce and spices, it was an very greasy and oily experience. The cured meats usually means a sharp taste, but Acropolis' pizza had a more mild flavor than we expected. The crust is house made from small batches every day and has a look that is very similar to Chicago style deep dish pizza.
My expectations of the grinder were low based on the look of the place. Surprisingly, the sandwich was quite tasty and large. Piping hot right out of the oven and cut into four manageable pieces, the grinder was a very filling meal that is worth every penny. The cold cut grinder was made with a ton of ham, salami, and Canadian bacon. It was the highest quality of meats per se, but it's the sheer size of the sandwich that makes it worth having. Unless you have a mighty appetite, you are guaranteed to be taking home leftovers.
While Acropolis is not the greatest looking place by any stretch of the imagination, its food is quite tasty and their portions are quite huge making it well worth your dollar.