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Juliana's Pizza

Bkeats | Jun 3, 2013 08:19 AM

Have not seen anyone write about the place yet.

So we finally got here this past weekend. It was a steamy day. Could have baked a pizza on the sidewalk. There was the usual line of people standing in front of 1 Front Street waiting to get into Grimaldi's. They looked like they were melting into the sidewalk.

No line at all at Juliana's. We are told a table for 2 will be a five minutes. Probably waited 2.

Space is the same shape as the old Patsy's but the posters of Frank are gone and there is no jukebox. But the sound system plays music from the 60s so there is plenty of Frank in the background. Much brighter space with all the white paint. I think the tables set up is pretty much the same as before. The big round table in front of the window to the left as you come in is still there. Didn't see Patsy but I think his wife was there.

Ordered the caesar salad with the white anchovies (they have salad now!) and a margarita pizza with roasted peppers and the sausage with fennel. The old antipasto platter is no more.

Salad was lightly dressed. Nothing fancy, but the marinated anchovies worked very well.

The pizza arrives. Looks like what we used to get. Edges are dotted with brown speckles. Bottom has the lacy bands of scorch marks from the coal oven.

The pizza toppings were scattered across the top. Not too much of any one ingredient. Looked like a watercolor painting. Crust was crisp. Held up well with the toppings. As to the taste, it was not a life changing earth shattering experience. But it was very tasty. The sausage was fantastic. Definitely on the top end of pizzas.

I have mixed feelings about writing about this place. I liked the pizza. A lot. I plan on going back. But I don't want to find myself waiting in line for an hour. I'm worried that the crowds that head for Grimaldi's will suddenly hear about another place that's got better pizza and doesn't have the wait. I want to keep this for myself. But I thought I would at least share with CH.

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