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Pizzaiolo again

Robert Lauriston | Sep 10, 200502:15 PM

Went to Pizzaiolo last night with my drinking buddy. They finally seem to have the door act together, the host greeted us right away (7:45) and gave us an accurate estimate that it'd be about half an hour. Obviously the crowd's thinned out a bit. Since the bar was packed I asked him to get us a couple of glasses of falanghina, no problem.

Food was the best yet, everything was delicious and cooked perfectly. Our waiter (new guy) was very professional, even slick. To start we had wood-oven baked sardines ($10), a warm farro salad with shrimp ($10), a huge serving of rapini (great bargain at $5), and a big bowl of olives ($3.50). Drank glasses of various good, unusual wines--Bugey sparkling rose, sancerre, bergerie, blaufrankish.

Then we had two pizzas ($14), one chanterelle with gremolata, the other an "alla pizzaiolo" that had housemade sausage, cherry tomatoes, and rocket. Both went really well with the bottle of barbaresco we splurged on. Pizzas were a little blonde for my taste, next time I'll order crispy.

For dessert we split some gorgonzola with properly earthy chestnut honey ($8). Drank a young Banyuls and an old Rivesaltes. (Does anyplace else around here such an interesting wine list?)

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