Schuyler Lake is far from being a hub of activity. Other than the change in speed limit, a stop at the gas station or perhaps at some of the old buildings like the Schuyler Lake Hotel, drivers heading through the hamlet on Route 28, didn’t have much reason to slow down. Before December, it also lacked a quaint fixture of most small towns: a pizzeria.
Nina Marie’s Pizzeria, located directly in the center of Schuyler Lake, has set up shop in what used to be a part of the old Schuyler Lake Hotel.
The restaurant, much like the town is a throwback to the 19th century, ... or would be if people were cooking pizzas! Inside, original white beams connect a hard wood floor to the high dark wood ceiling, and early afternoon light spills in through the large front windows. Vintage signs and posters dot the interior, opposed by a more modern looking flat-screen television., soda machine and cooler.
Owner Andrew Haynes has not been living in the area for much longer than his pizzeria has been open, but he said he has heard many stories from local people who stop in about the location.
“A lot of people have told me about what this place used to be, but they don’t always say the same thing,” Haynes said. “My impression is that it was once a dry goods store connected to the Schuyler Lake Hotel.”
Established in 1825, the Schuyler Lake Hotel has since closed its doors, making Nina Marie’s one of the only establishments in the village. It was precisely the small town atmosphere that Haynes said he was seeking when he moved from Albany.
“Some people are amazed this place is here, and everyone has been very supportive,” he said.
Named for his dog, Nina Marie’s offers more than just pizza, though there is certainly no shortage of pizza. Haynes sells pizza in 32 different styles, including wheat-crust and gluten-free, and also serves subs, calzones, stromboli and dinner specials like ravioli and chicken and biscuits. Classics like meat lovers’ or buffalo chicken pizza are displayed alongside more gourmet options like eggplant basil, arugula and artichoke pizzas.
Haynes also sells “Take ‘N Bake” pizzas for people interested in buying a frozen pizza or calzone early in the day and baking it themselves later on, or even another day.
If you enjoy well-prepared, tasty artisan pizza, the trip to Schuyler Lake is worth it. Plus Nina Maria’s delivers.
Nina Marie’s is located at 7361 Route 28, and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Haynes also said he is taking applications for a pizza maker, cook and salesperson.
For more information, check out Nina Marie’s Pizzeria on Facebook or call (315) 858-6057.