Sgt. Peffer’s – Cafe Italian
13760 Millard Avenue – Omaha, Nebraska
Sgt. Peffer’s has been in Omaha for a long time. They have two locations, the original on Saddle Creek Road near the Homy Inn and the other out West in Millard. We ate at the Millard location. The restaurant has two large dining rooms with the kitchen in the middle. You order and pay at the counter then take a number and a seat.
It’s a self-serve joint much like The Pizza Place. Plates, napkins, silverware, to go boxes and a soda fountain are located next the ordering counter.
We ordered a pepperoni pizza, a veggie pizza, and an order of cheese sticks before finding a table. It was early on a weekend night, so we had the run of the place. The cheese sticks and marinara where delivered quickly. I was confused at first as I thought I had ordered the cheese bread. I didn’t, but I wish I had. The cheese sticks were pretty blah. Next time we’ll try something else.
Our pizzas arrived on a plastic pizza tray with cardboard between it and the pizza. They looked yummy – and they were. The crust was thin to medium in thickness. They use a dough docker to keep the bubbles from forming. The raised outer edge was both flaky and chewy. How do they do that? Very nice. Toppings on both pizzas were plentiful and the veggies were fresh. In addition to the onions, green bell peppers, olives, and mushrooms, they piled on diced tomatoes and zucchini. No canned veggies here except for the olives, but what are you going to do? The only downside to the pizza is the sauce, in our opinion. It was rather lifeless and bland. Not really sweet, spicy, or flavorful. Just kinda there.
Overall this was a good experience. We will certainly visit here again. Next time we’ll try the white pizza. I hear it’s pretty good.
The good: Friendly staff, quick service, clean room, good pizza with fresh veggies
The bad: Pizza sauce is just so-so
Crust: Thin/medium, flaky and chewy
Cheese: On top of all toppings
Love Sgt Peffers too, again, we eat at the one near saddle creek based on my work location- and every pizza we have ordered has been good- And the white pizza- is amazing! Never thought I would say that about a pizza with white sauce- but it was.