Starting tomorrow, it's back to my normal routine of running a couple of miles in the mornings and strength training 4 afternoons a week at the gym...... so tonight, we decided to bid a fond farewell to the holiday season with some serious pizza!
Patxi's Chicago Pizza in Palo Alto was where we chose to do the damage, and I can't imagine a more appropriate choice. They specialize in deep dish but also have thin crust pies on the menu. Since hubby is a thin crust fan and friend and I wanted to try their namesake product, we got one small pizza of each kind. Hubby got a small 3-item thin crust (11.70) and friend and I got a small "special" (sausage,onions, peppers, shrooms) deep dish (15.45). We also got some salads, a small Caesar for hub (4.50) and friend and I split a large Greek salad (8.50).
The salads were served on cold plates, even the share plates they brought were nicely chilled. The lettuces were all fresh, crisp, and clean, and the abundance of veggies (lots of red bell peppers, cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, + cubes of quite decent feta) on our very large Greek salad were also super fresh. The large salad was really big, enough for 3 or maybe even 4 people to share (especially considering th size and density of the pizzas, but I'm getting ahead of myself here...) In comparison, the small salad seemed much smaller than half of the large.... but maybe still enough for 2 to split if each person only wanted a few bites.
On to the pizzas.... both pies were brought out within 2 minutes of each other and placed on raised holders, and our server cut the first pieces for us, extending a clothesline of melted mozzarella from the pan to the plate. The thin crust was pronounced "perfect" by hubby -- perfectly crisp, perfect amout of cornmeal dusted on the bottom, perfect balance of toppings, cheese and sauce... Our deep dish was everything we hoped it would be -- a medium-thick, nearly flaky, golden-brown crust holding about an inch and a half of perfectly seasoned veggies, sausage, and gooey melted mozzarella, with a thin layer of tangy tomato sauce on top. A few shakes from the jar of red pepper flakes on the table and off we went. Hubby managed to finish 3 slices of the thin crust and got the other half boxed to go. Friend and I had 1.5 slices each of the deep dish (3 total pieces between 2 known "hearty eaters") and nearly went into sauce-n-cheese comas... One thing to note -- on the menu it states that deep dish pizzas take 30-40 minutes to cook, and they do take every bit of that time. Thin crusts take 20-30 minutes. Well worth the time invested, in our collective opinions, and well worth the calloric splurge.
Once again, we were too stuffed to even think about desserts, but there weren't any listed on the menu (nor on the website, link below). Our server didn't offer any either, but perhaps that was due to how much pizza we had left in the pans.
All in all, a great pizza dinner and perhaps a new favorite pie for hubby. Friend and I want to go back and try some more interesting topping combinations, especially some veggie ones. After tonight's meal, I'm actually looking forward to getting back in the gym...