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Pizzaiolo: New Shades & the "Mystery Pizza"

Morton the Mousse | Sep 6, 200512:22 PM

Pizzaiolo finally installed window shades. This was my single biggest complaint; during sunset the light came in through the window and blinded diners.

I tried the pizza "alla Pizzaiolo"- where the chef decides what toppings you get. You can't make requests but you can make exclusions (no pork, no shellfish, etc.) We got a sweet and spicy pepper pizza with fresh oregano and house made sausage, delicious.

Highlights of the meal included the wild nettle pizza with pecorino. The nettle was reminiscent of roasted seaweed. My friend declared it the best pizza he'd ever had. Also loved the blood peaches baked in the wood fire oven with creme fresh. I've never heard of blood peaches before, and this was an excellent preparation. All of the baked fruit desserts I've had here have been outstanding.

Service was predictably slow. We were happy to drink and nibble on the antipasto platter and sides of sardines and olives while we waited for pizza. We had a movie to catch, but budgeted two and a half hours for the meal so the timing worked fine. Arrived at 6pm and got one of the last open tables (I still have never had to wait for a table here, one of the advantages of dining early).

I've become completely addicted to this restaurant. Every single dish I've tried has been stellar. I do think the margherita pizza is the weakest dish on the menu as they use canned tomatoes for the sauce. The food suits my taste perfectly - impeccable ingredients with a simple preparation that emphasizes quality and purity.

Anyway, not trying to restart the old pizza wars again, I just thought people might want to know about the window shades and the mystery pizza.

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