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As a journalist, I was taught early and often: Don't assume anything.

So when you hear Ma and Pa Pizza, here's some advice: Don't assume it's named after parents. (In my defense, I watched a lot of "Little House on the Prairie" in my younger days.)

Rather, it's named for the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, co-owner Yvonne Reynolds said, which ran through Delta at one time.

That explains why a hand-painted train lines the wall. The train's cars carry cheese, pepperoni, beef, bacon, hot peppers, anchovies and more -- all toppings found on Ma and Pa's pizzas.

A 12-inch hand-tossed pizza with cheese is just $6.99. All pizzas (except for pan pizza) are available in three sizes: 12-inch, 16-inch and 18-inch.

I ordered the Chicken Alfredo specialty pizza, $13.99 for a 16-inch. The grilled chicken rested alongside crunchy broccoli on a bed of cheese, Alfredo sauce and crust. The crust, made with fresh dough, stood out the most -- it was thin enough to be crispy, yet thick enough to not collapse under the weight of the toppings.

Reynolds said some of the customers' favorite specialty pizzas are Philly Cheesesteak, Meatball and Mega Meat. If you're not a meat lover, though, other options are Veggie and White.

Beyond pizza, the menu offers stromboli and calzones (make your own stromboli by choosing the toppings), subs and sandwiches, salads, wings (including boneless), chicken boxes (8, 12 and 16 pieces) and dinners. Crab cakes are also customers' favorites, Reynolds said. The homemade jumbo lump crab cake comes with steak fries and applesauce or coleslaw ($11.99 for two, $16.49 for three). A full rack of baby back ribs also took my eye for $14.99.

Sides range from a crab pretzel to mac and cheese to nine varieties of fries, such as gravy, steak, loaded and Old Bay.

When you place or pick up your order, you can't miss the case of desserts under the counter. Cheesecake slices come from the Cheesecake Factory in plain or flavored. Slices of apple pie and peanut butter pie also fill the case, and hand-dipped Hershey's ice cream is available, too.

If you're taking out, there are large and small bottles of soda and tea sold, plus large and small bags of snacks. If you're eating in, choose from fountain drinks and homemade sweet tea.

In the time it took for my pizza to arrive, I had a chance to take a good look around while sitting in a comfy booth (you could pick a table). The Disney Channel played on one of the flat-screen TVs hanging on the wall. If you don't have tweens and that doesn't feel like home for you, the warm colors of tan walls and burnt-orange wainscoting were cozy and inviting.

When the pizza arrived, so did my plate, which was a fun tri-corner shape, like a large slice of pie.

By the time I finished gorging on three slices, there was still plenty of pizza left over. And plenty left to learn about Delta's railroad history.

Ma and Pa Pizza

Location: 5850 Delta Road (Route 74), Peach Bottom Township

Cuisine: American

Jess' pick: 16-inch chicken alfredo pizza, $13.99

Parking: Lot

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Price range: 99 cents, cole slaw, applesauce; $18.94, 18-inch Pa's Supreme pizza, with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, beef, ham, black olives and bacon

Alcohol: No

Smoking: No

Accepts: Cash and credit

Takeout: Yes

Kid's menu: Yes

Details: Visit mapapizza.net or 717-456-MAPA

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