One of the first restaurants eastbound visitors to Cortez, Colorado see is the bright red Lotsa Pasta and That’za Pizza. Pull over. It’s a good bet.
Lotsa Pasta and That’za Pizza is two restaurants in one. Upstairs is Lotsa Pasta, a casual Italian restaurant with pasta on the menu and posters of Italy on the walls. Downstairs is That’za Pizza, an even more casual pizza restaurant with an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad bar option. Not surprisingly, That’za Pizza looks like it is better set up for take-out orders.
The two restaurants have separate menus, but the same pizzas, sandwiches and calzones are available on both. You can order the pizza and salad bar if you eat upstairs, but will have to trek downstairs for refills. We opted for Lotsa Pasta, though we had to park in the downstairs lot because the upper lot was full. Nevertheless, we only waited a few minutes for a table.
My son and I shared a medium pizza. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, but it was certainly better than the mass-produced flavor of the national chains. My daughter’s favorite dish is fettuccine alfredo and she was happy to find it on the kids’ menu.
We had a good experience at Lotsa Pasta and would recommend it to other families. I noticed an ad in the waiting area stating that the restaurants are for sale. I hope that the new management doesn’t mess up a good thing.
Just for Kids
Unlike most family-friendly restaurants, Lotsa Pasta/That’za Pizza does not have crayons and coloring menus. My kids didn’t miss them. The atmosphere is loud and friendly, so kids can be a little noisy and silly without being noticed.
What I really liked about the kid-size entrees is that they do not include drinks. My husband and I usually order water at restaurants, but our kids are accustomed to getting soda or chocolate milk when we eat out because the drink is usually included in the price of the meal. I was happy to have them drink water and get a smaller-sized portion that was priced accordingly. Kids and Seniors share the same menu and most entrees are $3.95.
Good to Know
Where: 1020 S. Broadway, Cortez, Colorado, U.S.A.
When: Dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday, 3 – 9 p.m. (winter), 3 – 10 p.m. (summer)
How Much: Child/Senior menu starts at $3.95 per entree. Full size entrees start at $6.95.
Special Diets: Gluten-free and vegetarian entrees available