Sunday, December 20, 2009

DiCamillo's Pizza

Old Fashioned Pizza

Arabella, my niece, eating her pizza.


I'm feeding my niece, Kennedy Rebecca, her pizza.

I'm back in Lewiston, where Vincenzo's is, but they aren't open during the day, so.... when we need pizza for lunch, our go to pizza place is DiCamillo's. It's a small bakery that's been there forever. They sell great donuts and cakes and pastries and stuff, but they also sell pizza by the slice at room temperature. And it's amazing. My nieces devour their old fashioned pizza a few times a week. Arabella actually cut her first tooth on that pizza. For those of you who don't know what old fashioned pizza is, it is just sauce with parmesan romano cheese. And it's really yummy. I also like their broccoli cheese pizza and regular cheese pizza. But for our purposes today, we'll talk about the old fashioned. It's a thicker crust that doughy and chewy in a good way. Their sauce is perfect and they have just enough sprinkled cheese to add that delicious-ness. It's messy, but really good. I like to eat it at room temperature, but I suppose you could re-heat it if you felt the need. Try it. You'll like it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Vace

Lots of boxes of Vace

Cheese Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Chris eating pepperoni

Julie came down from Penn State to DC for Vace.

The engaged couple enjoys some pizza.

Kelly loves it too!

Ryan=Pizza love

Erin came from Baltimore for the pizza night.
Dave brought all of the pizzas for Jen and Michael's birthday.

The crew


Friday night we celebrated my cousin Michael's belated and my cousin Jennifer's birthdays with take out pizza from Vace in Washington DC. Vace only has take out, so it was perfect for us.

As you can see, Vace puts their sauce on top of the cheese. I wasn't sure how I felt about that, but it was really good. It's different. I tasted the spices in the sauce better because it was on top of the cheese. And they have really good sauce, so that's a plus. The crust was crispier because it didn't have the sauce working against the crispiness. I don't mind when the crust gets droopy from sauce, but this was neater to eat, which I like. I'm not very fond of getting messy when I eat. Dave and Jennifer get Vace all the time because it's near Dave's apartment, but I still don't even know where it is. I would like to go soon to get a fresh out of the oven slice or two.

Honestly, there were mixed reviews from the people eating on Friday night. Some people had a hard time with the concept of putting the sauce on last. It wasn't my favorite pizza ever, but I liked that it was different. We ordered 6 boxes and all but 1 was consumed that night. The rest was happily eaten as left overs the next day. So I guess people couldn't have minded the difference that much!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vincenzo's Pizza

Cheese pizza love.

Pepperoni is under the cheese.

Just a yummy picture of the pepperoni piece.

Lindsay with her slice of cheese pizza.
I'm about to be sooooo happy.

Kelly and Chris even share pizza?

My niece, Arabella, loving her pizza.

Arabella may have dropped a piece on Julie's pants.

So, the day after Thanksgiving, my family and I decided we were still hungry for pizza so we naturally ordered from my favorite pizza place ever, Vincenzo's in Lewiston, NY. This has been the family favorite forever. Whenever one of us comes into town, the first thing we do is order Vincenzo's. It's honestly my favorite pizza ever. And I eat a lot of pizza in a lot of different places. To be fair, there's a lot of really good food for such a small village, but Vincenzo's is still my favorite. On it's worst day, it's still better than most pizza.

I have a really big family with lots of cousins and we're all really close. Pizza is important to all of us and everyone can be opinionated about their favorite pizza. One thing we all agree on, is how good Vincenzo's is. I took quotes from everyone that night.......here it is.

  • James (16)- delicious, greasy
  • Julie (18)- So good, better in mouth than on pants. Really like Matt Andrews (pizza deliverer extraordinaire)
  • Arabella(4)- yummy
  • Lindsay (19)- yum
  • Chris (26)- At first I was skeptical, but now I'm sold. Vincenzo's is the best pizza in Lewiston.
  • Lauren (22)- It 'simply is the best', no false advertising.
  • Kelly (26)- You know how I feel about it. Heaven on Earth.
  • Aunt Jane- I grew up on Vincenzo's pizza and I think it's the best.
  • Matthew (25)- Yummy in my tummy.
  • Kristen (30)- Sauce and cheese are my favorite, thin crust, crispy edges.
  • Eric (32)- Dough is soft, not over cooked. Heavenly.
  • Uncle Mike- Don't know how you could top that.
  • Grandma- Even tastes great after Thanksgiving dinner.
Me--I love it! It reminds me of home. They put their toppings under the cheese, which everyone seems to love. Of course, I just got cheese. I would pick this over any other delivery pizza. Period, end of story. Yum.

Vincenzo's Pizza House
742 Center St
Lewiston, NY 14092-1757
(716) 754-7383


Monday, November 16, 2009

Radius Pizza

The Magni and half cheese....mmmmmnn

The Fall pizza....yummy and interesting

A cross section of the fall pizza

Some of the fried mozzarella....we were too hungry to remember to take a photo

Dave and the fall pizza

Kelly and her fall pizza love

Jennifer eats regular pizza and loves it!

This is the cider and ginger snap joy.

Dave and Jenn split the tiramisu cheesecake.

On Saturday afternoon, we went to Radius Pizza in Mt. Pleasant, in DC. I think it's the first pizza I've had here that's like NY city pizza. It was very refreshing!

When we got to Radius Pizza it was about 3pm so there weren't many people there, which was fine with us! The place has a hidden/off the beaten track feel to it. The aroma as we walked in made my mouth water. We started with their homemade mozzarella with a creamy red sauce. Let me just say that this was soooo much better than battered string cheese!

The reason I made Radius my next pizza review is because they offer a Fall pizza, which has a pumpkin puree, ricotta cheese, feta cheese, red onions and mushrooms. We ordered 1/2 without mushrooms because my sister and I don't eat them. I'm not a big red onion fan, so I picked most of them off, but otherwise it was a deliciously interesting pizza. Needless to say, we devoured it.

Don't worry though.......we also ordered the plain cheese on 1/2 of one, with the other 1/2 the Magni, which is pancetta, sopressata, pepperoni, red onion and mozzarella. I'm telling you, this is the closest I've had to NY pizza in all of my experiences here (which started before I started blogging about it). We all kept remarking on the crust, which was crispy on the edges, but softer towards the middle. Radius actually uses 2 level ovens with different temperatures in each level, where they move the pizza to the lower temperature after the crust is cooked, but the toppings still need to be done. They use all fresh, never frozen, meats and grind their own beef. I really want to try the meatball sub next time I'm there........and there will definitely be a next time.

So it turns out, dessert is becoming a trend with us. I mean if the pizza is so good, wouldn't the desserts be good too? The answer is yes, they realllllllly are. I just ordered the mulled cider with ginger snaps. It was simple and light and really yummy. The cider wasn't my favorite ever because it had a kind of bite to it, but the cookies were just delicious. My sister, Kelly, had one and we just raved over them. Dave and Jenny split the tiramisu cheesecake and absolutely loved that. I don't like coffee, but it really looked good. The presentation of everything they served was unique and gave the restaurant a higher end feel than just a regular old pizza place.....which I love, don't get me wrong!

Anyways....go there. Eat pizza. Their link is www.radiusdc.com.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

American Flatbread

The clay oven at American Flatbread in Clarendon, VA

My pizza being cut.

Virginia ham, country apple and cheddar flatbread. mmmmmnnn

Med Bread with Pepperoni and onion

Punctuated Equilibrium Flatbread. Duh.

Kelly and Dave with very big mouths (and stomachs)

Mike and Jess

Jennifer and me

Kelly's big mouth with her brownie sundae

Jenn and Dave with big mouths and an ice cream sandwich

Mike and Jess have big mouths too, they just didn't show them here.


Last night, we all went to American Flatbread for pizza, which just opened up in Clarendon, VA. I liked the set up of the restaurant, cozy but open. You could see them making your pizza, which I always like, as it makes me feel like it has to be clean. I even got to go back and watch them make the pizza and take a look at the oven, which is clay, with wood burning in the middle and the pizzas baking on a stone on the either side. Pretty cool.

We ordered drinks, everyone had beer (from their extensive selection) except me, I ordered an organic apple juice. When the drinks came, my juice was actually a juice box, which made us all laugh. Upon further examination, we realized that it did say that on the menu. I think the waiter got a good laugh when he brought it to the table!

Mike and Jessica got the Evolution Salad and really liked it. Everything is organic and they do interesting twists on what they offer. Kelly and Dave split a Punctuated Equilibrium Flatbread, which had calamata olives, red pepper, red onion, goat cheese, rosemary and mozzarella cheese. Mike and Jess split the Med Bread, which was essentially cheese, but they added onions and half pepperoni. The craziest part is that I did not order cheese pizza last night. My cousin, Jennifer, and I split the Virginia ham, country apple and cheddar pizza. And I wasn't disappointed at all. The general consensus was that it was really good pizza. The crust was thin and crispy. I especially liked the parts where the cheddar baked right on the crust and it was yummy and crunchy. Mine didn't have a pizza sauce so I can't comment on that, but everyone else devoured theirs without complaints, so I can't imagine it was bad!!

So, we ordered desserts, because everyone was still soooo hungry (not at all). Jess, Mike and Kelly ordered the homemade brownie sundaes and loved them. I had a few bites of the brownie (I don't really like ice cream) and it was warm and delicious. Jenn and Dave split an ice cream sandwich and fought over the last bites, so I'd say they liked it!

All in all, an excellent evening with great pizza.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Grilled Pizza...yummmmm

My perfect cheese pizza
Daniel's cheese pizza and Jared's with meatballs and olives
Jay and Karen's with mushrooms, capers and tomatoes
Jared eating his yummy pizza
Daniel biting into his favorite pizza


So I'm in NY right now and I know the average person would be expecting to hear about the famous NY pizza. However, I am not average, and I had a different type of pizza experience last night. I am staying with a family I've nannied for since 1998. They have 2 boys, Jared, 13 and Daniel, 11. They are not just people I work for, they are family to me and I've spent a lot of time with them over the last 11 years!

Jay, their dad, made grilled pizza last night. And OH MY GOD was it good. I can' t even describe how amazing it is. Daniel and I, of course, just had cheese. Jared put meatballs and black olives on his, Jay and Karen (their mom) put capers, tomatoes and mushrooms on theirs. Every time a bite was taken we all just said, "Oh my God!" There are no other words. The crust is different than any other crust I've ever had. It's very thin and just crispy and doughy enough. Jay bought the dough at the grocery store in the refrigerated section. I suppose you could make your own, but why would you? This was perfect and way easier! Mario Batali has a grilled pizza recipe in his 'Mario Batali Italian Grill' cookbook, that Jay used. It's worth braving the cold and firing up that grill!!! Go do it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Faccia Fan

Jackie, Michael, Jessica, Ryan and Kelly at Faccia Luna

Me (Rebecca) with my cheese pizza

Jessica just happens to be pointing to the pizza, is she newly engaged??

Roomies and best cousins, Ryan and Kelly

Large Cheese perfection.....I mean pizza

So, for my first pizza review, I went to Faccia Luna in Arlington, VA. From the start, it was a great experience! First of all, the owner, who didn't know that I'd be reviewing his place, gave my aunt and me some wines to taste. The best one I tried was the Protocolo. When he saw that I was taking notes, he asked what I was writing, which led to him giving me a tour of the kitchen and teaching me about the different ways to bake the pizza. Faccia Luna uses a stone oven, heated by gas....and let me tell you.....it was delicious! People make a fuss about wood burning ovens, but I have zero complaints about the gas oven! Joe, the owner, was really attentive and even gave suggestions as to other pizza places I should try.

OK...we sat down and ordered a Baked Herbed Goat Cheese Marinara for an appetizer. I could eat that every minute of every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy. It came with herb crusted focaccia bread. Everyone loved it and it was devoured embarrassingly quickly.

Next came the pizza. We ordered 2 large among the 6 of us and took home only 4 pieces. One large was just cheese. The other was 1/2 garlic and meatball, 1/2 pepperoni, roasted red pepper, and red onion. There was a silence that fell over the table as we ate very determinedly, as if we thought someone may steal our pizza if we weren't paying close enough attention to it! The crust was blistering beautifully and was a perfect mix of crispy and doughy. The sauce was amazing and the cheese was proportioned perfectly. We were all very happy and satisfied. Of course we ate too much, but in a good way. Because really, can you eat too much pizza? I have yet to find that you can.


Check out www.faccialuna.com to see their specials and the menu!