I am not a food critic, nor have I been to every restaurant that competes with this one, but I can say that the food I ate there was phenomenal and the service was even better. Hidden on Thomas Drive next to where Ruthy T’s used to be is arguably Panama City Beach’s most delicious Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Red Rose Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria has been around for several years, but the new owners have only been here since February. Fred and May moved to the area with their daughters Sidney and Ella to be close to the water and get away from the big city life of Cincinnati, Ohio. When they purchased the restaurant, they added JEMS to the end and made it home. I won’t tell you the meaning behind JEMS, you’ll have to ask them the story.
What started this all was a quick lunch there of Friday. I had been to Red Rose in the past, but a buddy suggested this as a good place to have a quick meeting. Being a sucker for a good Calzone, I asked Sidney to prepare mine like she would her own. It was absolutely delectable. The texture of the bread was just right. The ingredient/bread ratio was perfect. Everything was not too dry, but not too moist and the sauce that came on the side had the right amount of tang and seasoning.
The Calzone that was prepared for me had ricotta cheese, blend cheese, hot sausage, peperoni, roasted peppers, onions and mushrooms. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Also on the menu is everything you’d expect at an Italian restaurant from specialty pizzas to stromboli to spaghetti and meatballs. Everything is made fresh from scratch from fresh ingredients, they even grown their own herbs. If you’ve not eaten at Red Rose, I highly recomend it.
Again, they are next to where Ruthy T’s (Wahoo’s now) used to be on Thomas Drive right down from Joan Avenue. If you are going east from Joan, it is just past Moby Dick’s T-shirt shop.
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Red Rose Retaurant and Pizzeria
8501 Thomas Drive