Destination: Katie's Pizza & Pasta
Last November Katie Lee, along with fiancé and business partner Ted Collier, opened the Italian scratch kitchen, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, in Rock Hill. After a successful Kickstater campaign, Lee raised over $40,000 and was able to purchase a space in the Market at McKnight development on Manchester Road. Today, the hard work put in by Lee and her talented team can be seen through Katie’s extensive dining options dished up in a chic, urban décor.
Walking into Katie’s, guests are greeted by the open-air kitchen, eclectic but cozy array of furniture and long bar paneled with different strips of stained wood. Anchoring the bar are vertical planters that Katie’s has hung on the wall for easy access to fresh herbs. Mounted behind the bar is a screen where classic flicks are projected on special movie nights. Katie’s artistic, but homey look is continued when you take a seat at one of the repurposed doors co-owner Collier crafted into tabletops.
On the menu are options for every appetite with small plates, salads and handcrafted pizzas and pastas. While some dishes are expected interpretations of Italian classics, such as the pappardelle with wild boar ragù and lemon gremolada, others on Katie’s menu are delicious American twists that would surely not be found on the streets of Italy, like Ted’s meatball pizza. A great way to start off a meal would be sharing a bowl of Prince Edward Island mussels in a white wine and lemon sauce along with fresh burrata cheese from The Hill served with roasted beets and a balsamic reduction. Any of the 14 varieties of pizza are also not a bad idea, with each pie leaving the wood oven with a desirable kiss of char. Highlights from the pasta offerings include twirls of tagliatelle that are served with Salume Beddu Diavolini sausage or the adorable blossoms of Katie’s signature fiori dished up with a spicy arrabiatta.
Drinks are not to be forgotten with an impressive list of craft cocktails and local beers along with wines offered by the glass and bottle. Overall, most prices remain reasonable with small plates from $5-11 and the pizzas and pastas in the teens. Also, catch Katie’s happy hour for discounted drinks and six-inch pizzas every day of the week from 4pm-6 and 9pm-11.
Open Monday through Thursday from 11am-11pm; Friday through Saturday from 11am to 12pm; and Sunday from 11am to 10pm. 9568 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.942.6555.