Howdy... This post is about D'Amores Pizza at winnetka and sherman way, but please pardon this brief digression.
There's a scene in Woody Allen's "Manhattan", where he's chatting up a faux-intellectual socialiate. She vacantly says, " I finally had an orgasm, but my doctor tells me it's the wrong kind". Woody stares at her and says, "Really? The wrong kind?? I've never had the wrong kind. Even the worst was, um, right on the money".
Well, call me a barbarian, but that's my take on pizza. It's all good, really. In college I had a several months bout of sleepwaking and once ate an entire un-thawed frozen pizza. My wife, on the other hand, is like the rest of the civilized world and has very rigorous pizza preferences.
Well, we tried D'Amores last night and it was really good. My wife craves the thin-crust chicago style, which this wasn't, but we knew that going in. Strictly boston-stylee. We had the neapolitan (very thin crust) with sausage. The bottom crust held up fairly well, actually getting firmer as the pizza slowly cooled over the course of our gorge. I think that more than a single topping on the neapolitan might cause drooping, but perhaps not. The sauce was minimal but right on. The sausage morsels, generous. The dusting of corn meal on the bottom was a new sensation, initially gritty, but did a good job of keeping the crust firm. Even the crustage on the outer 'rind' stayed thin and crunchy, instead of the poofy doughy rinds that sometimes expand along a pizza's outer perimeter... We split a regular antipasto plate, which was generous and tasty but not spectacular. Service (we ate there) was quick. The man and woman running the counter kinda gave me the fish-eye, but that was probably due to the kooky masonic hat I was wearing. The ambiance is minimal (a few tables) but efficient and nicely old school. Next time we will try their signature white pizza... D'Amores makes a fine pie. But it also served to highlight, for me, the truly superlative pie that Casa Bianca turns out in eagle rock. The former gives you an orgasm, the latter gives you a multiple!