Pizza and beer or wine are the standout options at Station 66 Italian Bistro. A charming spot for Italian cuisine, the décor inside is casual but cozy. Weather-permitting, Station 66’s lovely patio and rooftop deck are the place to be while you enjoy an assortment of pizzas or traditional Italian plates.
Station 66 Ambiance
Situated right on historic Route 66, in the heart of scenic Williams, Station 66 Italian Bistro is a warm and inviting restaurant. Right out front is an attractive patio space. Decorated with a variety of vintage gas pumps and old-timey Texaco station paraphernalia, this patio is a shady spot to share a meal or drink while (when the schedule permits) listening to live music. A rooftop deck offers you an awesome view of the surrounding mountains and forests, as well as a bird’s eye view of the bustling Route 66 strip.
Inside the décor is brick with wooden beams crisscrossing the walls and ceiling. The cozy bar is flanked by metal stools and wood-backed chairs. Various menu items are spelled out on chalkboards throughout the space, which give the restaurant a really nice rustic feel. A variety of seating arrangements can accommodate groups of all sizes on the main dining floor. The centerpiece of the room is the large brick oven that serves as the hub for the wood-fired pizza that they’re so well known for.
Station 66 Food
The bistro is open every day between the hours of 11:00am and 10:00pm, serving lunch and dinner. Since Station 66 specializes in Italian cuisine, the menu of course features such classics as fettuccine alfredo, lasagna, and penne with meat sauce, in addition to an assortment of appetizers, soups, and salads. A particular highlight is the bruschetta board. It comes loaded with four different kinds of bruschetta, and is a great part of any meal here.
The real draw, though, is the selection of wood-fired pizzas. These Neapolitan-style pies are handmade and feature locally sourced ingredients. Available with red or white sauce, favorites include the “Romeo and Juliet”—which comes with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, pepperoni, roasted peppers, and black olives—and the “Carbonara”—mascarpone, green onions, tomatoes, black pepper, farm fresh eggs, topped off with pancetta.
Station 66 also partners with local brewery Historic Brewing Company, and local handcrafted wine experts Grand Canyon Wine Company, to offer an assortment of unique beverages. Station 66’s 8 rotating local craft-beer taps are available in one 8-beer flight, while the local wines may be sampled four at a time.
If beer or wine aren’t your things, the Bistro also offers a specialty cocktail menu, as well as several locally roasted coffee options.
Station 66 Details
Station 66 does not take reservations. However, because of its terrific selection of drinks, it is the perfect spot to wait at the bar for a table. There is a special menu for children, but it is small. At just three items, it includes only a cheese pizza, mac & cheese, and spaghetti with marinara sauce.
For pizza, the place can seem a bit pricey. However, many diners enjoy the menu and find the cost to be worthwhile. Due to its prime location, though, there are a number of other dining options within easy walking distance if your wallet isn’t feeling the pizza.
If you’ve come to Station 66 and found yourself more/most interested in its selection of local-drink offerings from Historic Brewing Company and Grand Canyon Wine Company, you’ll find a tasting room and tap house directly next door.
Station 66 Neighborhood
Station 66 Italian Bistro occupies a prime spot along historic Route 66, right at the heart of scenic Williams, Arizona. Nearby accommodations are plentiful, and include such establishments as the Grand Canyon Railway hotel, the Comfort Inn near Grand Canyon, the Best Western Plus Inn of Williams, Rodeway Inn & Suites, and many, many more.
Local attractions include such favorites as the Grand Canyon Railway Depot, the Route 66 Zipline, and the Grand Canyon Brewing Company taphouse and distillery, among others. Bearizona Wildlife Park is only five minutes down the road, while the Grand Canyon itself is only approximately an hour away.