TASTY TUESDAY: Grace’s Place adds grace to authentic Italian food

A golden crust and a heart of gold make Grace Niday and Grace's Place stand out in Grandin Village.

ROANOKE, Va. – Italian restaurants have a knack for keeping you full and happy. The story is no different when it comes to Grace’s Place in Grandin Village. Owner Grace Niday kindly said to us, “I hope you’re hungry,” as she welcomed us back into the kitchen.

Niday and her brother, Ruben (owner of Crumbles Store) started this Grandin staple nearly two decades ago and haven’t looked back.

Niday humbly says, “It took a lot of work 17 years ago, but we’re still here. I think people like us.”

What’s not to like?!

“We have about 20 different specialty pizzas that you can choose from. It’s kind of hard to pick, I know.”

We let Niday do the picking for us, and we’re thankful she did. The Suprema Pizza was first up.

She thins out the handmade dough and tops it with homemade sauce. Next comes the mushrooms, green peppers, onion, sausage, bacon and pepperoni. It’s a nice combination of salty meats and healthy veggies.

For a few minutes, the pizza runs through the oven until the crust is a crispy, golden color. While they’ve perfected the recipes, the secret ingredient to any food they make is love.

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