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By Gretchen Furhman
Nestled in the hills and winding roads of northern Missouri, the Italian enclave of Bevier, population 728, has a strong taste for authentic cuisine. Once the home of renowned restaurant The Pear Tree, Bevier now keeps diners satisfied with Ugo’s Pizzaland, an old Macon-Atlanta County Bank-turned-pizzeria in 2003. Taking over in 2013, owners Tim and Gerri Johnson first fell in love with Ugo’s as customers, frequenting two to three times a week.
“We just loved the pizza,” Tim says. “We’ve been all over the United States, and we considered Ugo’s to have the best. And we still do.”
Customers can enjoy specialty pizzas like chicken and artichoke and other items like subs, pastas, salads, and appetizers like toasted ravioli and jalapeno poppers. But Tim recommends the traditional Meatza Pizza, complete with ham, pepperoni, sausage, beef, bacon, and onions.
Inside, pizza lovers can take in the exposed beams, brick walls, and hanging garden lights that make the perfect space for family reunions, wedding rehearsals, club meetings, or simply a night out to enjoy great food.
When the intoxicating smells of pizza pour from the kitchen and the comradery of small-town life fills the air, you know this is a place to eat, drink, and be merry.