We know the story about pizza. There is standard stuff, then there is the good stuff, then the really good stuff. 

Round Table Pizza, with a couple of nice sit-down locations in the Antelope Valley, is the really good stuff. What makes a pizza for takeout or casual dining a good experience? It's simple: The ingredients have to be fresh. Also, you need that genuine pizzeria feeling. You can see the big pizza oven doing its work and the pies are coming out piping hot, not like they rolled off a factory production line. That is also the case with Round Table Pizza.

Round Table Pizza has two locations one in Lancaster and one in Palmdale. We chose to have dinner at the Palmdale location. It was brightly lit and warm and cozy on a cold night. We ordered at the counter and the staff was so friendly. They really are nice people.

I ordered the chicken bacon Alfredo for $6.99. It consisted of penne pasta, three cheeses and was finished with fresh basil and a Parmesan-Romano blend. Since I hadn’t tried the pasta before, I didn’t realize what a treat it was going to be.

That is another treat about Round Table Pizza — it does not end with pizza. You are seated in a cozy place with nice booths and you have a well-rounded menu with the great traditional Italian standards, lasagna, pasta, salads, the works. They also have an endless salad bar and a nice selection of beer — domestic and premium.

The flavor of the chicken, bacon Alfredo was amazing. It was perfectly cooked pasta with a delicious and creamy sauce, very creamy I might add. It had moist pieces of roasted chicken, tomatoes, spinach and bacon smothered in a wonderful tasting Alfredo sauce.

We also ordered the salad bar for an additional $5.99 each. There were quite a few different items to choose from, as well as potato and macaroni salad. Iced plates are offered and everything on the salad bar looks fresh and is quite delightful.

Of course, you can’t go to a pizza restaurant without trying the pizza, so I ordered a large one-topping pizza for $19.99. It came with tender pieces of pepperoni and a very zesty red sauce. All pizzas are made to order and baked with a three-cheese blend on Round Table’s signature crust, which is rolled fresh, daily. You have your choice of original, pan or skinny crust. I chose original crust, which was light with a perfect texture and was absolutely delicious. All the different flavors all melted together for one big explosion of taste.

My companion ordered the six-piece boneless wings for $6.99. The wing flavors go from mild to wild. Classic and boneless wings are tossed in their flavorful sauces and served with a creamy ranch or Bleu Cheese dipping sauce. The different flavors are mild buffalo, hot buffalo, BBQ, mango habanero, Polynesian, garlic Parmesan, lemon pepper and perfectly plain.  

You can mix and match flavors of 12 or more and there are three different quantities: six-piece, 12-piece and 24-piece. He chose the hot buffalo sauce and I only had a taste, as I prefer mild. I can honestly say they were quite delicious, but oh, so hot.

We also ordered the garlic Parmesan twists, which are served with marinara sauce and the picture says 1,000 words, plus they were soft and fabulous. That is a wonderful thing about twists — they are bread, but they are done almost like pastry. There are three different quantities available and we opted for the order of six for $7.49. 

The Round Table restaurants also serve up of the Antelope Valley's great lunch combo offers. How about a one topping personal pizza with a trip to the salad bar for $9.49? Or any gourmet sandwich with chips for $8.49? These are great choices and here are a few others: One topping personal pizza for $7.49, one-trip salad bar with three garlic Parmesan twists for $8.99, chicken bacon Alfredo pasta and three garlic Parmesan twists for $9.99 and six-piece wings and one-trip salad bar for $10.99.  All of these come with a self-serve soft drink.

This place is about pizza and they have a menu with legendary titles like King Arthur's Supreme. It's got everything on it, but you'll have to ask for the anchovies. 

The chicken choices are just as epic and if you must go green, you can order Guinevere's Garden Delight or the Gourmet Veggie. Pricing runs from $8.99 for a personal pan to an extra large, with 16 slices, for $28.99. There's real value here.

The sandwiches are great, with turkey, chicken or ham club, or the all meat pizza sandwich (pepperoni, salami and Italian sausage served open faced and topped with the three-cheese blend and zesty red sauce). Or, you can have the Veggie with mushrooms, olives and bell peppers, served open-face and under 700 calories. All of these are just $6.99 and come on an oven-toasted ciabatta roll.

Round Table offers dine-in, carryout and delivery, and you can place an online order at www.rountablepizza.com.

They are available to "put the fun in fundraising" for groups or organizations. They also do catering and have some reasonable party pack pricing. 

The Lancaster location is at 44204 10th Street West, 661-945-6677, and the one in Palmdale is at 39202 10th Street West, 661-266-8570. They are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m., Saturday.

Bon appetit!

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