BREVARD COUNTY — Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria is a brand new restaurant that delivers food with an attitude. The menu boasts of sweet and savory New England flavors that will have diners coming back for more.
Located in the plaza that shares Old Time Pottery and Anytime Fitness in Melbourne, Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria serves pizza, pasta, salads and subs.
Restaurant owners Karin Clapsaddle and David Concepcion opened Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria on Memorial Day and over the summer have been hosting a “children eat free day” on Tuesdays, followed by children’s trivia at 6 p.m., and an adult trivia on Thursday nights at 7 p.m.
“I’ve been cooking since I was a kid, living with my mom,” Mr. Concepcion said. “I’m always watching crazy food shows. My favorite show is ‘Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.’ I get crazy ideas from there that I like to put in my food.”
“David was born in New Jersey and moved to Vermont when he was 18, and I was born and raised in Vermont,” Ms. Clapsaddle said. “We try to bring a little bit of our flavor down here.”
Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria uses Vermont exports, such as Cabot cheddar, Granny Smith apples and pure maple syrup, Ms. Clapsaddle explained.
“The Vermonter” pizza includes all three ingredients in a steaming hot pie that includes rosemary, mozzarella, caramelized onions and bacon.
“It’s one of our most popular pizzas,” Ms. Clapsaddle said. “Diners also like our garlic knots, cinnamon knots, chicken parmesan subs, meatball subs (which are made with veal, pork and beef, added Mr. Concepcion), and the house white pizza among other favorites.”
The restaurant is a casual dining experience with murals made by local artist Sam Gallo. Favorite sayings such as “If loving carbs is wrong, I don’t want to be right” and “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry” adorn the walls in chalk paint.
Angel wings styled as pizza slices are placed at child and adult heights on a wall near the entrance, which creates the perfect picture for diners to snap a shot of themselves at their new favorite pizzeria.
Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria recently received its beer and wine license, and will soon have drinks on tap for patrons 21 years and older.
“We enjoy getting to see repeat customers and meeting new people who come in for the first time,” Ms. Clapsaddle said. “I like talking with the people who come in and getting to know them.”
The pizzeria is an open dining facility, and patrons can chat away as Mr. Concepcion prepares pizzas for the oven. The couple has put their own children to work, and hope they take on the family business when the time comes.
“I’d like to get to a point where we only need to come in twice a week,” Mr. Concepcion said, “and maybe open another branch somewhere beachside.”
Diners will not be disappointed with what Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria has to offer. Individual pizza slices are generous in size and hot upon arrival.
I had the opportunity to try a slice of the chicken maple barbecue pizza, which came with a sweet barbecue sauce that I’ve never tasted anywhere else.
Another new pizza experience for me was “The Vermonter” with its baked Granny Smith apples, cheeses, oil and garlic base, and Vermont maple syrup. Each bite melted in my mouth with a delicious combination of flavors unlike any other pizza place has to offer.
If pizza isn’t quite what diners are in the mood for, then other options can include parmesan ruffle fries, salads, baked ziti, spaghetti, tortellini, chicken cordon bleu and more.
Besides Pepsi products in the way of soft drinks, an assortment of Italian soda flavors are available from watermelon and cotton candy to Hawaiian punch to vanilla.
Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is located at 1270 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 610-8336 or search for “Feelin' Saucy Pizzeria” on Facebook.