Easton has had quite a rich history since its founding in 1752. Many landmarks from the Colonial era still exist; some stand as monuments while others have changed their function to accommodate modern times.
is just such a place. Found on Spring Garden Street in the historic downtown, the red brick building has been standing since at least 1850, although the exact date is hard to pinpoint.
Since then, it’s been a home, a grocery store and a confectionery before settling into its current occupation as a pizza restaurant in 1947.
“We’ll be celebrating 65 years next year,” said general manager Tara Williams. “It’s a big anniversary.”
Williams, an Easton resident, has worked at Colonial Pizza for six years, starting just in time to see the ground-level pub remodeled with stone-tiled floors and hardwood-paneled walls. A year later, the upstairs dining room was redone as well.
The downstairs pub, which greets customers at both entrances, is made up of six tables, a full bar and four flat-screen TVs. It features six beers on tap, including Yuengling, Miller Light and Guinness, and around 25 more varieties in bottles.
A short flight of stairs leads up to a 16-table dining room, which toes the line between casual and fine dining.
“We try to create a bar atmosphere downstairs and a family-dining experience upstairs,” said Williams.
Downstairs, guests can sit at the bar or a small table while watching a game or chatting with friends. Upstairs, it’s not uncommon to find large parties, families and residents dining with out-of-town friends.
Colonial Pizza is primarily Italian-American cuisine, serving up subs, soups, pasta dishes and, of course, pizza. According to Williams, one of the favored specialty pies is the upside-down pizza--made with cheese on the bottom and sauce on the top.
The restaurant puts a twist on the usual antipasto salad, another local favorite. The chefs at Colonial make their antipasto with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cheese, diced pickles and slices of pepperoni.
During the week, it’s advised to call ahead, although Colonial Pizza doesn’t take reservations on Fridays and Saturdays after 5 p.m. Often the stairs between the pub and the dining room are packed with waiting patrons.
“The State Theatre helps a lot, and football games,” said Williams. “We get both Easton and Phillipsburg fans.”
Colonial Pizza & Spaghetti House is at 136-138 Spring Garden St. in downtown Easton. It is open seven days a week; the dining room is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The restaurant delivers within a five-mile radius to the Easton, Palmer and Forks area.