Round Up North is a large place on a small road that runs parallel to Highway 2. Joe and Linda Scaccia moved ‘up north’ from Chicago and brought along a number of their Italian family recipes. It is a dull looking building but when you step inside you are greeted by a good sized bar area and walls covered with stuff. A low wall divides the large room between the dining and bar areas. We were there on a Friday night which is also fish fry night and it was packed with people, As were with a group of friends I got to photograph some of the fish fry options as well as the pizza. The place serves dinner daily and lunch on Friday and Saturday. The service was super friendly but struggled on timing and maintenance probably due to the crowd. Tables are of bare wood with an oil cloth covered doily in the center and come in a variety of sizes so they can easily be assembled to accommodate a large group.
All meals are served with Linda’s homemade Italian rolls, which are also available by the dozen, to buy and take with you. We started with some of them and the little packets of butter. The rolls are not crusty but soft with a firm dense doughy interior. They are an addicting texture and are even better with a little butter. It was an easy answer when the server asked if we wanted more.
The One Heck of a Salad was easily enough for 2 and included carrots, croutons, a variety of lettuces, tomatoes, olives, onion and cucumber. They offer a number of dressings which they bring out on the side and you toss yourself. We had Linda’s Italian Dressing which was nicely balanced with oil, vinegar and herbs. It was tasty but it got divided before I had a photo, so you can see it on the plates and tossed with dressing.
The Friday Fish Fry is made from hand-breaded Alaskan Pollock and comes with coleslaw and choice of baked potato, wild rice or French fries. The fish was lightly breaded but still crisp on the exterior. It was nicely moist and tasty. Baked potatoes came in foil wrap and wild rice was underneath the fish. It was a large plate of food.
Another option is the Shrimp Dinner which comes with the same side options. The shrimp were juicy and crisp and very good.
Joe’s Pizza was made with sausage, mushroom, onion and roasted peppers. The sausage had a nice amount of herbs and makes a classic combination with the other ingredients. The pizza was a thin crust crust variety without a lot of edge puff. It held up pretty well but middle pieces did not keep the crisp texture of the edge pieces.
The Mom and Dad’s pizza contained tomato salad, sausage and extra cheese. I liked it better than the other. The extra cheese was fun and the simplicity worked better for me.
An important side is a cup of the housemade giadiniera. It is seriously spicy and made both pizzas pop with flavor.