Back when my older son was playing baseball, we used to visit Candela’s on Huguenot on a regular basis. It was a great place to take the team after the game for some good pizza and good Italian food. But when he graduated we got out of the habit of going since pizza these days is either delivery or make at home. Recently Candela’s offered a PTA night for my younger son’s middle school, so we thought, “why not?”
Candela’s is one of those local places you have to know about to get to. It’s located in the Huguenot Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Huguenot and Robious. But it’s tucked away in a corner. And, just like the PTA night, they’re a great supporter of the local community.
Once inside, the atmosphere is nice, but casual. There are plenty of booths and tables, along with a big screen TV usually showing sports. I can imagine it fills up on game night. When we were there it was busy, but not crowded. Some classic arcade games help the kids, and some adults, pass the time while the food is being prepared.
The menu is pretty authentic Italian. Owner Rocco Demasi brings more of a New York flavor to the pizza and food. The New York style pizza is great and very similar to the type of pizza you can buy by the slice in New York City. Large slices that are foldable just like some think pizza should be. There are plenty of toppings to create your pie just as you like it. Not a traditional red sauce fan? Try the white sauce pizza with mozzarella and ricotta, and then add your choice of broccoli or spinach.
Not in the mood for pizza. Not to worry because that isn’t the only menu choice by any stretch. I was pleasantly pleased with the lasagna. The sauce was rich and had a good tomato flavor. But you can also choose from house specialties like Gnocchi Bolognese, Chicken Modena or Fettuccini Shrimp, Scallop, Crab Alfredo. Whatever you choose I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with your selection.
A generous soup and salad bar is available to accompany your meal, along with fresh garlic bread brought to your table. But don’t fill up on those before your entre gets there. I haven’t tried the cheesesteak, but other reviewers give it very high marks. The menu also comes with a good selection of burgers and subs.
We did notice that the prices had gone up since the last time we were there, but that’s to be expected over time. Still the servings were generous and we didn’t think it was overpriced at all.
Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered some helpful suggestions. She was the one who helped me decide on the lasagna, and like I said, I wasn’t disappointed. She kept our drinks full and gave our table plenty of attention even though she was pretty busy.
Candela’s is a great place to go if you’re looking for good pizza and good Italian food. There aren’t a lot of non-chain Italian restaurants in Midlothian. So if you’re looking for an option that’s not CiCi’s or Olive Garden (those places are fine, but predictable), then Candela’s might be just the place for you to try.
Candela’s Restaurant is located at 2021 Huguenot Road, North Chesterfield. You can call in an order at 804-560-1678. But give dining-in a try. You’ll find it a pleasant experience in a great, casual, family atmosphere. Keep in mind that they’re closed on Monday.