Proni’s – Don’t Be Paranoid, It’s Just Pizza!

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - by Willie Mae

Located at 5001 Brainerd Road is a little place called Proni’s. I had heard that they had good pizza, so last week I stopped in for a visit. You order at the counter and they offer subs, gyros, wings, spaghetti and lasagna as well as their pizzas.

The Asian woman at the counter looked like the same small girl I had seen before at two other restaurants. She was in Hixson and she was on Highway 58 …and now she was at Proni’s on Brainerd Road. She must have seen the perplexed look on my face and she smiled at me asking if I had been there before. I admitted that I had not, so she handed me a paper menu to look over. I guess it wasn’t the same restaurant owner, but she sure had the same personality and it looked like her.

When I order a pizza (even if it is just me that plans to eat it) I like to order it larger than the personal sizes. I just don’t like the way the crust taste on those “just for one” pizzas – it does make a difference (just like milk tastes different in a plastic cup than in a real glass). I ordered a medium artichoke garden pizza for 14.99 but knew that I wasn’t going to be able to put away a whole medium pizza, so I told the boy at the counter that I would need a box to put the rest in.

I went to the drink counter and got a soft drink. I saw plastic ware and also paper plates stuffed sideways in the caddy. I thought those were in case someone wanted extra plates and didn’t want to go back to the counter. I didn’t think this through very well.

My pizza was brought to me … in a box. Just like when you order delivery. I remembered telling them my order was “dine in” but then I remembered telling the boy that I would need a box. I guess he thought I meant that I wanted it served in a box. Or …maybe that’s how they do serve it. It wasn’t on a pan and no plates were brought, so I went to get a paper plate at the drink counter. It’s hard getting old.

I opened my delivery box and was pleased to see tasty vegetables smothered on my pizza. It looked good and hot. The crust was not as thin as I liked, but it was good enough to grab a second piece. It is better than Pizza Hut, but I wouldn’t say it was my favorite place for pizza. Seems like a great place to grab a quick lunch or bring the kids. They have fun colors of ice cream too!

Just when I went for seconds, I spied a camera hanging from the ceiling watching me! Not a camera hidden in a bubble, but this was a camera out loud for everybody to see and it looked like it was pointing right at me. I wondered if people were in the back watching on that camera to see just how many pieces of the medium pizza an old lady can eat.

I realized as a car pulled up to the outside of the building and a pizza was taken out to them that they had a drive through. I guess the camera was pointing at the door I was sitting near.

After believing that I was seeing the same owner in different restaurants - and a camera watching me - I was beginning to think I was a little paranoid. When I don’t want the place of business to know what I am doing – it makes me feel like a spy.  I hide my note pad and I try to be inconspicuous when I take photos with my camera, trying to be sneaky. I think I like it.

Visit Proni’s for a hot pizza or sub, they are open every day!

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