If you are driving through Missoula and looking for a good, fast, low-price meal, Bridge Pizza is the place to go. Located on the Hip Strip with a 2 minute walk to Higgins Bridge on the Clark Fork River, it’s been family-owned since 1972. The menu includes delicious handcrafted pizza, sandwiches, and pasta as well as microbrews, wines, and happy hour specials.
As you enter, you see pizza and a refrigerator case full of different brews, a brick wall, and a server who greets you at the counter. Order and pay right here, then find a seat to which waiters bring the food.
I want to order everything on the wide Italian menu. An appetizer of Bridge Sticks is thick crust and loads of melted mozzarella served with a side of marinara dipping sauce — like a mini margarita pizza. A 12-inch, hand-crafted “Brooklyn pizza” comes topped with basil, tomatoes, and Parmesan: the right size for two. One of my favorite dishes is the house salad, dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. Fresh, crisp lettuce is topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, and sunflower seeds. I’ve asked for the Bridge Pizza vinaigrette recipe … but it is a close-kept family secret.
Bridge Pizza is a memorable place with great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and ideal location. I will definitely be going back for more pizza, pasta, and that wonderful salad.