Is it worth the expense to use top-shelf liquor in your fruitcake, or does any difference get washed out in the baking process?
The first time I stopped by San Matteo on the Upper East Side, I ordered a Margherita, and to be honest, I was a little disappointed. The moisture from the mozzarella made the crust go limp, and the cheese had not melted fully. Was there something wrong with the huge wood-fired oven?
There is a stretch of Second Avenue that has been given over to construction of the Second Avenue Subway. Hidden behind the machinery and equipment are a number of restaurants that are suffering, and since I hope to live long enough to ride the new subway line, I feel I should do what I can to support the restaurants that have been affected by the the digging. Nina's Argentinian Pizza Restaurant is one of these establishments, and on a recent Monday night, I was the only diner apart from the owner.
There's almost too much delicious food in the state of Louisiana, from boudin to beignets, muffalettas to meat pies, jambalaya to gumbo, po' boys to pralines, and seafood galore. But if pizza's what you want, you'll find quite a few good—even great—options in this guide. Looking for alligator pizza? A crawfish-topped pie? Head this way...
On one recent visit, the fresh-tasting tomatoes on the focaccia perfectly balanced the savory cheese and chewy olive oil-slicked bread. Another time, the tomatoes and oil added so much moisture to the bread that the slice basically dissolved. But the toppings are luscious: the mozzarella just crispy and browned on top but with a fresh squeakiness underneath. The tomatoes have a bright, clean flavor. It can be a bit messy to eat, and it's much safer to carry in a pizza box than in a bag.
The Bluegrass State may be better known for the Colonel's fried chicken, but it has plenty of good pizza to offer. Louisville has a number of celebrated pizzerias, but some of the best pies can be found at restaurants that don't specialize in pizza. Outside of Louisville, you can find VPN-certified pies as well as a pizzeria that caters mostly to rock-climbers.
Would I return to Libretto's? Certainly, if I were getting together with someone in the neighborhood. The service is friendly, the prices are reasonable, and it's a pleasant place to spend some time.
It's time to give you a taste of Iowa's pizza options. The Hawkeye State has a wealth of pizzerias, many of which have been around for generations. College town pizza joints abound, some where the atmosphere is more memorable than the slices, but artisan pies are also being made in Des Moines (and Decorah). Be warned: it's a land of rather creative pizza toppings. Half-taco, half sauerkraut pie, anyone?
Rocco's Pizza Joint is located in the heart of Chelsea, a neighborhood that has changed considerably over the last two decades. Rocco's does not appear to have felt the need to change with the times, which is not altogether a bad thing. While the signage is retro-chic and the chairs are in quirky candy colors, these appear to be the only concessions to the fancier neighborhood that has grown up around it.
Last weekend I ventured to Iceland, hoping to see the Northern Lights. On the first night I was there, the sky was overcast, so I stayed in town and decided to see what sort of pizza options were available. Usually when I travel, I try to sample as many traditional local foods as possible, and clearly pizza does not fall under this category in Iceland. Still, I had sampled delicious lobster soup and a malt extract beverage at Saegreifin for lunch, and I was curious about what sort of pizza one eats in Reykjavik.
The Pizza Cognition Theory states that "the first slice of pizza a child sees and tastes...becomes, for him, pizza." If this theory is true, then the pizza at Mimi's is how I think pizza should taste. Or, rather, Mimi's circa 1975.
Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately. —The Mgmt. Photograph: Christopher Stephens] Say you're near the Flatiron Building and you want a slice of pizza. Sure, you could go to Rossopomodoro at Eataly (Slice review here), but you just want a single slice, without much fuss, and you're avoiding the temptation to buy yet another bottle of aged balsamic vinegar. Instead, walk just south of Madison Square Park for a plain slice at Mozzarelli's. It's not going to win any awards, but...
For those unacquainted with the classic snack, malt loaf is a sweet loaf that normally contains some sort of dried fruit. Dense and small, this loaf is served as a snack between meals spread with lots of soft butter beside a strong cup of tea. This particular version has a lighter texture than many malt loaves found across the pond, but has all the sweet malty flavor that is a unique, even craveable, part of this quickbread.
I thought I had picked this recipe out specifically for the lentils, an ingredient I really wanted to learn more about. But who was I kidding? The real star in this show is the bacon, and there is a lot...