On a recent and rainy evening in Montrose inside Pahgre’s roomy dining room, it was a tale of two dinners.
At one table with four adults and three kids, it was a night of individualism. Adults and kids alike were all happily quiet, concentrating on the flavors before them. The kids happily munched pepperoni slices off of individual pizzas; the one girl, maybe age 8, slurped noodles from her fork with a smile. The adults, in their own concentration, ate away at plates of ravioli, fettucini and two gigantic salads.
It was a happy silence.
Meanwhile, a few tables to the left, a different, just as happy a scene was ongoing. Four kids and four parents hovered over three large specialty pizzas, each tearing slices away while laughing loudly and pointing to the football game on the nearby TV screen. The kids talked over the parents, the parents talked over the kids. It was your typical family dinner night over pizzas.
Pahgre’s is known for its stone-baked pizza, all hand-tossed, topped and thrown into a giant rotating pizza oven (visible near the back of the dining room). And while Pahgre’s is known for its pizza, as Montrose residents (and frequently visitors) know, it doesn’t stop there. From panini to pasta, calzones and monster salads, along with a handful of unique starters, Pahgre’s menu has something for everyone of all ages. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the menu, you probably aren’t hungry.
With the agricultural lands surrounding Montrose, Pahgre’s has developed relationships with local farmers and food producers for the freshest ingredients possible, a concept exemplifying Pahgre’s constant attention to detail, which is quickly apparent when ordering one of the many dishes offered. Take for instance the Buckhorn Barbecue Chicken pizza ($11 personal, $23 large, $26 extra large). The sweet and thick sauce combination with onions, bacon, chicken and cheese isn’t too out of the ordinary, as far as barbecue chicken pizzas go. But when you get down into it, you soon realize the corn and the cilantro flavors are the real kicker. There’s a reason why it’s one of the most popular signature pies served at Pahgre’s.
Another creative pizza worth grabbing is the Mt. Shavano Shrimp and Garlic pizza ($12, $24, $27), made with a white sauce base, garlic shrimp, roasted garlic and parmesan. There are 14 signature pizzas on Pahgre’s menu, and they’re all unique in their own way. Of course, if you’re feeling creative, there’s a huge variety of toppings to choose from.
In the pasta department, there’s plenty to choose from as well. The Mountain Mushroom Ravioli ($12) topped with Alfredo sauce is a flavorful dish worth repeating while the Paghsagna ($11) will leave the lasagna lover in the family more than satisfied.
With a list of sandwiches in both panini and sub form to choose from, lunch at Pahgre’s also requires some tough decisions. You can go big with the Chimney Rock Chicken Parmesan sub sandwich ($8), or the Delta Don ($8) with spicy Italian sausage, onions, peppers, marinara and cheese. In the panini variety, try the Grilled Cheese Grown Up ($8), grilled crisp with cheddar, provolone, mozzarella, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs.
The aforementioned attention to detail is fully on display in the salads. The Cimarron Caesar ($4 small, $7 entrée) is full of Caesar flavor, but with a dose of thinly shaved parm on top. The Popeye’s Passion salad ($6, $10) is piled with spinach, bacon, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, tomatoes, red pepper – and served with honey mustard. Frankly, it’s hard to go to Pahgre’s and not order a salad. Dining alone? Make sure to order a small salad. Dining with two or more, order entrée-sized salads for sharing. Come for the pizza, stay for the salads.
The atmosphere, like the food, is comforting. No matter how your family does it – quiet individualism or loud and cheerful – Pahgre’s brings happiness.
TIME FOR A BEER?: Check what brews Pahgre’s has on tap. There’s usually something worth trying, and the beer is served spine-tingling cold. Whoever set their beer tap refrigeration system up deserves a warm hug.
STAYING HOME?: Pahgre’s offers delivery to residents living within a certain distance in Montrose. Give a call to see if you’re in the area.
Open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.