Whisk Review: Pizza Transit
215 E. Main Street
Niles, MI 49120
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pizza Transit is located in downtown Niles, Mich. It is a few blocks away from the Wonderland Cinema and about 20 minutes away from Andrews University. It is a good place to go if you are already in Niles, with an affordable variety of pizzas and other options. They also have an easy-to-use mobile app, so you can place your order for pickup ahead of time if you plan to eat elsewhere without even having to call.
Food: The primary menu item is, of course, pizza. Any pizza can be made with a whole-wheat crust at no extra charge, and gluten-free crusts are also available, though not guaranteed as safe for those with extreme allergies as they are all made in the same facility. For a build-your-own pizza, there are a variety of classic vegetarian and non-vegetarian toppings, including green peppers, spinach and feta cheese. There is plenty of room for creativity with the options Pizza Transit offers, and the eatery also offers many specialty pizzas and a pizza-of-the-month. October’s pizza is the “Vampire Slayer,” which is made with alfredo sauce, garlic, diced tomatoes and steak. The menu also features calzones, pasta bakes, oven baked subs and appetizers, including breadsticks, salads and wings, along with dessert versions of the breadsticks and calzones. I went to Pizza Transit with a friend and we ordered their twisted breadsticks and a pineapple pizza. The breadsticks were very warm and fresh, and not overpoweringly garlic-flavored. Since the breadsticks come with a choice of dipping sauce, we chose marinara and alfredo. Both were very good, and the breadsticks were heavy, so we couldn’t eat very much pizza. The pizza had a soft, thick crust and an adequate amount of sauce, although I think it had a bit too much cheese.
Atmosphere and Service: Since Pizza Transit is located in the downtown shopping district of Niles, the restaurant is in a narrow building. There is a conglomeration of artwork and decorations scattered on the walls along with multiple awards the restaurant has received in recent years. Bright lighting and white walls give the atmosphere a static feel. A mix of booths and tables provide adequate seating for small or large groups. Though the decor and overall setup is visually busy and not very cozy, it is a very non-threatening environment. The staff was friendly and our food was ready just a few minutes after we ordered. We went on a Tuesday night, and it was not very busy. The music was not too loud and rotated between different genres of rock. The restaurant states their pride in making homemade pizzas from family recipes since 1987.
Price: Pizza Transit’s prices are affordable, especially if you plan on sharing with a group. All of the appetizers cost between $3 and $6. Pizzas start at $9 for a 12” and go to $12.75 for a 16”; toppings of course are an addition charge. The gluten-free option is $8.75 for a 10” crust.
Overall: I would recommend visiting this local pizza place if you are seeing a movie in Niles or want a change of pace from campus. Pizza Transit’s bright and open atmosphere would be great for groups of friends, but I would not recommend it for a date location as the lighting is very unforgiving.
Four out five whisks