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Petrillo's Pizza, Van's Bakery, and Beard Papa's


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Petrillo's Pizza, Van's Bakery, and Beard Papa's

ElsieDee | Jan 9, 2007 07:00 PM

How do I adore thee, my fellow chowhounders? Oodles and oodles and oodles!

Thanks to this board, last night we got take-out pizzas from Petrillo's on Valley Blvd. Definitely the best we've had since ... actually, just damn good, solid pizza. (Haven't braved the lines at Casa Bianca yet - that's our next pizza adventure. And while we love Zelo's, sometimes one just wants a "normal" pizza.)

We got two mediums - one of their "special" pizzas and one of their whites, too. And, thanks to this board, I remembered to ask for the pie cut (actually, I first asked for a "pizza cut" and got a blank look from the girl taking the order). Hefty pies, way overloaded on the toppings (especially on the special), and a decent, middle-of-the-road crust. The two pizzas were a bit costly ($20 each) - I was initially worried, as the S/O can happily put away 1/2 of a large pizza in one sitting. My concern was for naught, though - he stopped at three slices last night! So lots of leftovers - a decent value, I think.

As for flavor - I've a nasty head cold, so I couldn't taste much on the white pizza - should've ordered some garlic on that one. But what flavor did come through was solid and tasty. Flavor was considerably more pronounced on the Special - excellent sausage and other meats, lots of fresh onions and bell peppers - my one complaint was the canned mushrooms. But that's a personal preference.

Anyway, while waiting for our pies to bake, we ventured 'cross Valley Blvd. to check-out Van's Bakery - the colors! the tantalizing scents! the brisque sales people! the pushy fellow-shoppers! - seriously, though: it's well-lit, clean, and has some incredible food in the bakery cases (and the various sample wedding cakes 'round the front are stunning), on top of lots of imported, bagged or tinned cookies. We made back out the door with a pair of iced coffees and some fruit tarts.

After the mad dash back across Valley (def. not a road for the pedestrian), retrieval of our pies, and return to our car (parked several blocks away, on a side street), we drove a bit further west to Prospect Plaza, since I've been having a serious craving for cream puffs, after reading about Beard Papa's here on CH. A dash in and out (three vanilla, three chocolate - all freshly prepared with lots of smiles and bows) and we were on our way home for a rather international, incredibly delicious meal.

And cold pizza and cream puffs for breakfast, too!

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