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The Grapevine Grille has been crafting homemade pizzas for the last thirty years, and its expanding menu also includes saucy pastas, homemade spanakopita, and other Greek specialties. The appetizer menu is packed with sharable starters, and a belly-filling lunch or dinner can be crafted from all-you-can-eat soup, salad, and bread ($6.99 for lunch, $9.99 for dinner). Gourmet pizzas come crowned with red or white sauce, and specialty pies include the Summer Garden, bearing a bounty of broccoli, tomatoes, and mushrooms sprinkled with ricotta cheese ($9.25 for a small, $15.95 for a large). Embark on a mouth-filling journey with a plate of beer-battered scallops ($15.99) or delicately dip fingers toward slow-cooked, barbecue-sauce-slathered baby-back ribs, which are as warm and velvety as an expensive tracksuit fresh from the dryer ($18.99 for a full rack).
If you feel like a star at Grapevine Grille, it may be because you're literally on stage. A spotlighted table sits atop what used to be the bandstand when the Grille was still a nightclub, complete with a backdrop of glass bricks and an enormous hook to haul you off if you juggle your silverware.
In the years since its neon-signed origins, a wall has sprung up between Grapevine Grille's U-shaped bar and the dining room. A Tuscan influence is obvious in the menu, which makes room for classic chicken marsala and customizable pizzas loaded with everything from buffalo chicken and blue cheese to feta and gyro meat. Stateside favorites are likewise represented with blackened scallops with Cajun spices, sizzling steak fajitas, and quarter-pound burgers.
62 Turkey Hill Rd.
Belchertown, Massachusetts 01007