what was old is new again

A Brandon institution, Astoria Pizza & Pasta, is back with a twist.

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what was old is new again

Original Astoria Pizza creators, Barb and Steve Paras, were a staple in the Brandon restaurant community.

Original Astoria Pizza creators, Barb and Steve Paras, were a staple in the Brandon restaurant community. A family run business, their children were always included in the daily operations. In 2006, the community was saddened to hear that Barb and Steve had planned to retire. It was only a short year ago, in 2017, when the seed was planted to bring back a community favorite.

“Our family discussed how we would work with the idea of bringing Astoria Pizza back, and slowly, it became obvious to me that I needed to be part of it.” Toula has the restaurant business in her blood. Along with her business partner, Brock, who was also interested in becoming a part of this new idea. Armed with Astoria’s beloved recipes, they set out to find a new location for Astoria Pizza and bring the legend back to Brandon.

The new Astoria Pizza & Pasta, at 1650 Park Avenue, has a brand-new look and feel for patrons young and old to enjoy, with the same great food it served for so many years. The fabulous pink lounge is a great place for happy hour or a night out with friends. The menu retains its classic Astoria Pizza charm, with some fantastic new additions from Toula.

“Our specialty pizzas are a fresh new spin on our classic recipes,” says Toula. On the menu, you’ll find delicious new pizza creations such as the Spicy Toula, made with sweet Thai chili sauce, breaded chicken, bacon, pineapple, banana peppers, black olives, red onions and green peppers. Or, try out the Chicken & Garlic Gourmet, featuring chicken, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, red and green onions, Greek seasoning and creamy garlic sauce. The Tarzy is a delight, combining pizza and the taste of a bacon cheeseburger, made with bacon, beef, cheddar cheese and burger mayo, topped with pickles.

No matter what you pick from the menu, dining in or taking out, you can be assured that the same love and attention is in every dish – just like it was so many years ago. “My passion is great food, and I am so happy to be sharing my family’s recipes with Brandon again,” says Toula. “It’s like coming home for me.”

Astoria is very excited to announce their LUNCH everyday menu. It includes an unlimited soup and salad bar, during lunch from 11 am to 2 pm, and which is also available at supper from 4 pm to 7 pm. Enjoy the dining room 7 days a week (11 am -9pm Monday – Saturday and 4 pm-9pm Sundays). The Astoria lounge is open until 10 pm during the week, and 1 am on weekends. Delivery is always free – check out the hours online. Find the menu and everything else at astoriapizza.ca. Get yourself a taste of a Brandon legend today.

Astoria Pizza & Pasta

1650 Park Avenue | Brandon. MB