Friday, July 29, 2011

Greetings from Asbury Park NJ

On a short trip up to the beautiful and suntanned Jersey Shore this week, I had the drunken pleasure of visiting Johnny Mac House of Spirits (not haunted) of Asbury Park. They have this crazy deal: you buy any drink and get a free 12 inch pizza! And the pizza is actually good. You can get whatever you want on it, one of my companions ate a jalapeno, bacon and pineapple monstrosity. Next time you are in Asbury Park, check it out!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bella Roma

Bella Roma
3600 Falls Road
June 2 2011

Bella Roma is that inconspicuous pizza and sub place on the corner of 36th and Falls road. It is easy to ignore or write it off, but we received a tip about the exceptional quality of their Bella Roma Delight and felt it was our duty to follow this lead. We ordered two pizzas, one plain cheese and the other the Bella Roma Delight, which is chicken, spinach, tomato, onion, and ricotta cheese. We were instructed to ask for a "crispy" crust, by those in the know. We took our pizzas to nearby Roosevelt Park and ate al fresco.

The crust on the cheese pizza was thin, but still sturdy. The pizza was chewy and there was an expansive cheese covering, leaving a narrow band of crust. It was a bit on the greasy side and we noticed perforations on the underside, most likely to aid in the cooking process.

The Bella Roma Delight was pretty intense. The crust had a nicer texture than the basic cheese pizza. We also found it to be less greasy. The ricotta on the pizza really put it over the top. They put nice big dollops of it on the pizza. The Bella Roma Delight includes 4 food groups, so for the heath conscious, perhaps this is for you. The vegetables used were also definitely fresh and the toppings were plentiful.

The cheese pizza was kind of ordinary and I wouldn't go out of my way to get it from them, but the Bella Roma Delight is certainly something I would like to experience again and again.

Cheese - 5.5/8
Bella Roma Delight - 7/8

pizza meditations

A Haiku: On walking by Pizza Boli's in the rain

Rain, Pizza Boli's
steamy, damp pizza wafts softly
I am satisfied.

This haiku is dedicated to the memory of Eric Imhoff, who also wrote some haikus that were pretty ok.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pizza Johns: try 2

We are going back to Pizza Johns for the first time on Tuesday, July 5. Pizza at 7pm pre-pizza thrifting leaving at 6.