Priced at just 50 cents, slices from the recently opened Xtreme Pizza Buffet in Middle Valley are among the most inexpensive food options available anywhere, but the low prices don't limit the wide variety of options offered on the buffet, which features unique mixtures of fresh ingredients.
"We want to have a reputation with customers based on uniqueness and quality, not just a cheap product," said co-owner Paul Roy.
Roy's wife Julie comes up with inventive pizza recipes such as the Loaded Potato pie, topped with pizza sauce, potato chunks, bacon, mozzarella, chives and sour cream. Her Mexi Melt pizza features taco meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and cheddar.
Other specialty pizzas rotate regularly on the buffet, including Bacon Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken, Barbecue Chicken and Nacho pizzas.
A salad bar, spaghetti, breadsticks and typical pizzas such as cheese, pepperoni and supreme round out the buffet's offerings. The pizza buffet also has Blue Bell ice cream.
"We thought it would be fun to put our twist on [the pizza buffet] and thought the public would like it," said co-owner Lisa Clower, who brings two years of restaurant management experience to the venture. "We're out to give the community the best product and atmosphere, and when people walk in the door, we want them to feel like family."
She said they chose their Middle Valley location because of its history as a pizza restaurant, most recently Mr. T's.
"The community is so excited that we're here," said Clower.
Xtreme's large dining room is the ideal setting for events such as Monday night karaoke, a DJ and karaoke on Tuesday nights as well as Thursday night gospel singing.
Customers can pay one price for all-you-can-eat privileges or just get a slice or two. In addition to the lunch and dinner buffets, whole pies can be ordered as well as delivered within a few miles of the store (10 pizza minimum).
The brave diner who eats the 30-inch pie loaded with every topping within a 30-minute time frame gets their giant pizza free of charge, they said.
Xtreme Pizza Buffet is at 7637 Middle Valley Road and can be reached at 842-0505. Visit the restaurant's Facebook page to find out more.