You Gotta Eat: Molly’s Pizzeria

Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 5:36 PM CDT
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CHILLICOTHE (25 News Now) - A popular spot in Peoria County is serving up all kinds of crafty pies, and we stopped in to check if the crust is a must.

After more than a decade in the business, Molly Strong opened Molly’s Pizzeria in 2021.

“I started out as a server in ‘09 and worked my way up ... It’s been a very good experience,” Molly said.

And believe me - she is serving up some very good pizza in a very chill and inviting atmosphere.

Molly's Pizzeria is located at 223 Cedar Street in Chillicothe.
Molly's Pizzeria is located at 223 Cedar Street in Chillicothe.(25 News)

The menu at Molly’s is stacked. Some pies are a take on other popular plates, like the ‘Cheeseburger’ - piled high with ground beef and pickles.

Others are more culturally inspired, like Molly’s delicious ‘Greek Delight’, which is made with an avocado oil base and served with chicken, feta cheese, roasted tomatoes and olives.

In the kitchen, we get a look at how some of other pies are prepped, like the Garbage Can.

“It’s got basically everything on it. Of course, that’s why it’s called the Garbage Can,” Molly said.

How does it all fit? Ham and pepperoni topped with a generous helping of sausage. Then, they add mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives, jalapenos and plenty of cheese.

Up next - the Cedar Street - named after where the restaurant sits.

This to-die-for pie starts with a barbeque sauce base, and gets fresh pulled pork, bacon and pickled red onions.

If you’re looking for something other than pizza, Molly’s has you covered. They are serving up delicious calzones, sandwiches, salads and more. Plus, a variety of beers and ice cream.

Molly says she wants visitors to remember the atmosphere.

“Not just that the pizza was good,” Molly said. “I want them to know that they are welcome here and they felt welcome here.”

Molly’s Pizzeria is located at 223 Cedar Street in Chillicothe.

Here are their hours:

Monday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tuesday: Closed.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m.