Antique typewriters, vintage-style tin canisters, model cars and various trinkets line a wooden shelf, above which a large-scale model train travels around a track attached to the wall. People of all ages sit at cozy booths lining the walls and evenly-spaced tables and chairs fill the center of the room.
The nostalgic sense of tradition which lingers in the atmosphere at Pizza Perfect, 16 Carverton Road, Trucksville, is reflected not only in the d√©cor but in the food as well.
According to managers Janine Hudak, 47, and Tammy Lemelin, 42, sisters from Shavertown, the restaurant still uses the recipes it did when it opened in 1975. Its signature is onions placed on top of the sauce, as well as the method of frying pizza in oil covering the bottom of the pan as it bakes in the oven.
Hudak said the restaurant also always uses the same ingredients, refusing to switch, even if an alternative becomes available at a lower price.
That's what we strive for - consistency, she said, adding that the decorations are consistent with the owners' love for the old days and the meaningful things.
The business is owned by the sisters' father, Richard Adamchick, and his business partner, Myron Mickiewicz.
Hudak and Lemelin both have childhood memories of the place and Hudak recalls roller skating inside on the smooth floors of the building when it was first acquired. Lemelin said the two used to play the jukebox over and over, repeating their favorite songs.
They also helped out around the restaurant when they were young, sweeping the floor, assembling pizza boxes, stocking the coolers and crushing tomatoes.
Although the roller skates are long gone and their work is in an official capacity, the sisters say they still like to have fun there.
We try to have as best a time as we can as we work, Lemelin said.
When asked about her favorite part of the job, she answered, I like the people, the customers - just hearing their different stories. And I like working with the other employees, as well. They're like a family.
We enjoy our jobs, Hudak agreed. Every day is different. You see a different face or hear a different story.
Both said they also enjoy getting to know their regular customers and watching children grow up as they keep coming back throughout the years.
It's just a huge extended family, Hudak said. We're very proud to be a part of our community.
FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING
Tammy: Plain without onions
BEST MOVIE TO WATCH WHILE EATING PIZZA
Janine: Dumb and Dumber
Tammy: Oceans Thirteen or any of the Oceans movies
NO. 1 PARTY FOOD
Tammy: Cheese and crackers
LEAST FAVORITE FOOD