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Hi, my name is Sofia Barbieri. I live in Spotsylvania, am thirteen, and attend 8th grade here. I am interested in a future as a journalist, particularly a food critic. A food critic is probably the best job ever. I mean, you get paid to eat at restaurants for free, and then get to say exactly how you feel about it. I have two brothers named Jack and Luke. Jack is eleven and Luke is nine.


While a few family friends were visiting recently, we decided to grab two pizzas at the famous Benny Vitali’s, Home of the Virginia Slice on Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg. We called in to order, but there was a three hour wait! It was almost seven and we were starving; we were not about to wait three hours. That night, we just made pasta instead.

The next evening, we ordered over the phone. Luckily, the wait was within reason. The restaurant is small and you order/pick up at the counter. I’ve seen the line stretching out the door on some days. It’s a tight space; the booths are usually all full. Despite the ripped and patched seats, which must be uncomfortable on bare thighs, it’s the kind of place to go if you want to be cool and trendy.

Benny VitalisSource: Benny Vitali's Facebook page

There are limited choices for toppings. The price of one whole pizza is $35, but you’re pretty much getting three normal size pizzas in one from Benny’s if you think about it. We picked up the pizzas and went home to eat them.
The pizzas were humongous, as promised. We bought two pies, a pepperoni and a veggie supreme (one of the August Specials). I had never tried veggie supreme, so while the other kids were eating pepperoni slices bigger than their heads, I was eating vegetable pizza. I have to say, it was a lot better than I expected. Both were a bit on the soggy side, but the veggie didn’t have as much grease as the pepperoni. To some people, the thought of vegetables (especially broccoli!) on pizza is revolting, including my brothers. But this pizza was broccoli-free, consisting of only green peppers, onions, olives, and mushrooms.

While the restaurant has limited topping options, has very long waits regularly, and is any claustrophobic person’s nightmare, the pizza is delicious. I strongly recommend the veggie supreme to anyone visiting this restaurant (if it’s available). I am looking forward to my next slice from Benny Vitali’s!

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.

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