Pizza Shop Review: Lil Lina’s Slices & Scoops know their sweet and savory!
The quaint little pizza shop is nestled on the corner of Tulip and Firth in Kensington where, 15 years ago, there stood a cheese steak spot that was a neighborhood staple for 50 years. Needless to say, I can’t imagine the people of Kensington being anything but thrilled to have a great pizza and ice cream place to bring that corner to life again.
The atmosphere at Lil Lina’s is bright and fun. When you walk in, you’re surrounded by pink striped wallpaper, mint tables, and the wonderful aroma coming from the exposed kitchen. Grab a front row seat at the counter, or catch up with a friend at a table.
We started off with some house made sodas. I’m more of a classicist when it comes to soft drinks, so we ordered the Coke and Root Beer. Both delicious, but VERY sweet. For the adventurous soda drinkers, they have flavors ranging from Kiwi to Coffee to French Vanilla.
Next it was time for pizza. Lil Lina’s serves Trenton style tomato pie eats, originally developed at their flagship family restaurant, It’s Nutts, of Titusville, NJ. It’s a thin crust pie with an almost cracker like texture. The menu is EXTENSIVE. There are 9 different specialty pies and 3 different pseudo build-your-own pizza’s. We wanted to try as many as we could, so we ordered the Peter rabbit, Diary of a Shrimpy Kid, Margherita Pie, and The Traditional Trenton Pie. For the indecisive folks, like myself, they split the toppings of 4 pies onto two pies. They were fun flavor combos, but I honestly think that your best bet is to order the Traditional Trenton Pie. The thinness of the crust does the best with just cheese and sauce.
It’s simplicity is perfection.
After stuffing our faces in delicious pizza, but wishing we had just ordered 2 traditional pies, it was on to dessert. Again, the options are PLENTIFUL. They have Homemade Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Malts & Old Fashioned Custard. We grabbed one of their Homemade Ice Cream options; Chocolate-Coffee Heath Bar, and one Old Fashioned Custard: Chocolate and Vanilla twist. I cannot tell you which I liked better, because both blew me away. The hearty texture of the ice cream and the smoothness of the custard was the perfect juxtaposition. The flavors were fantastic and just the right amount of sweet.
All in all, Lil Lina’s is a hit. I will definitely be back for a traditional Trenton pie with cheese, and some ice cream. Simple, but phenomenal. I look forward to watching their success in Philadelphia.
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