For the past two years, Katimali's has been a unique Italian Bistro offering a variety of pizza, pasta, salads and flatbread sandwiches served with a lot of small-town charm. The restaurant was established by the Lundy family in 2016. Owners Kathy and Jimmy Lundy are hoping to expand upon their business next year with plans for a banquet room.
"This location was originally built as a dairy bar. It was a Subway for many years, then when the road came through and changed the scope of their drive-thru. Then it was Chillers, and later a Mexican restaurant," Jimmy Lundy explained. "We had to gut the whole building and redo it all. It took us about four months. I'm an electrical contractor so so we were able to do a lot of stuff ourselves. I built our pizza oven from a kit. It gets as hot as 700 degrees. It cooks at 650. It can cook a 9-inch pizza in two minutes and 12-inch in three minutes. We use a special thin crust formulated just for a wood fire oven."
There's also open-faced flatbread sandwiches including steak an cheese or a ham and cheese, both priced at $7. For pasta lovers there's baked spaghetti, manicotti and chicken Parmesan for $8 each.
"We came up with the menu ourselves. A lot of the items we named after family members. The 'Tommasso' pizza is named for my father, whose name is Tom. We just kind of threw everything together and made it up as we all went along." Kathy Lundy explained. "We also have appetizers. Our No. 1 appetizer is the Tomato Cucumber Delight. It's Texas toast with a cucumber cheese spread topped with tomatoes."
Customers can build their own pies starting at $7 for a 9-inch cheese pizza or $10 for a 12-inch.
There is also a variety of unique specialty pizzas. The Tommaso is a "Philly Steak" pizza served with onions, peppers, and a white sauce. The Tamilou has ham, bacon, sweet onions and a sweet sauce. For seafood lovers there's the Aragosta, which is topped with lobster and a white sauce. There are also options for a gluten-free crust and even a cauliflower crust.
The Lundys are also hoping the community's voters will turn out in support of them this November.
"Because Lawrence County is a dry county, to use our liquor license it has to be voter approved in this precinct. We are going to be on the ballot this election to allow us to sell beer. We will only sell it with food and there are only two drinks per adult," Jimmy Lundy said. "We're already drawing up plans for an expansion onto the building."
Katimali's is located on 97 State St. in Proctorville, Ohio, next to Speedway and 1 mile from Huntington. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 until 9 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted.
For carry-out and more information, call 740-451-0886. For daily specials, follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Katimalis/.
TYPE OF FOOD: Italian
ADDRESS: 97 State St., Proctorville Ohio
HOURS: 4 until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash, check and all major credit cards