Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tarry Lodge--a Mario Batali restaurant

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Caprese

Crispy Potatoes with Pancetta and Rosemary

Quattro Formaggi

Tagliatelle Bolognese. Seriously.

Jen enjoying Quattro Formaggi

John thought it was crazy good.

I did too. duh.

Last Monday, I met my friends---newlyweds---Jen and John for lunch at Tarry Lodge. It's in Port Chester, NY and it's one of Mario Batali's restaurants. I have eaten his pizza at Mozza in LA, so I knew I was in for a treat. (I'll review Mozza when I have it again, which is hopefully soon because it was unbelievably good)

We started off with a Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Caprese Salad to split. I wasn't sure how I felt about beets, but it turns out, I feel pretty good about them. Put goat cheese on anything and I'll like it, but I actually liked the beets too. We then split 2 pizzas and we chose well. I'll start with the crust. It is the perfect amount of chewy and crispy, not too thin, not too thick. Then you add the interesting topping of crispy potatoes, pancetta and rosemary and you have a winner! We then tried the Quattro Formaggi, it was a heavenly blend of cheeses which, I feel, you can never have enough of.

Because we were still sooooo hungry, we finished off with some pasta. The Tagliatelle Bolognese was to die for. I don't like when people call a sauce "bolognese" when all they've done is put some ground up hamburger in it. This was so much more than that. They don't say what the ingredients are, but I can assure you, they're yummy. I will definitely be going back to try the other pizzas and pastas!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dave's Homemade Pizza

Cheese pizza

White pizza with goat cheese. yummmmm

I made caramel bacon bites. They didn't last long

Dave's cold rise dough

Pizza bubbling beautifully

The pre-cooked version.

Cassie cutting into hers
Me, enormously enjoying my pizza.

Kelly, with her mouth open as usual.

Dave (the cook)

Jenn had been eating it all week during the storm.

Corey joined the group for his first pizza night.

Ryan loved the pizza too.

Look at that yummy perfect crust!

Of course, Chris loved it too. There was nothing not to love.

You would think that after days of being snowed in and hanging out for 6 days, we would have chosen to go out to dinner just to get out of the house. But always is the priority. Dave had decided to try this recipe for 'cold rise' dough and Kelly had a pizza stone, so we stayed in and let Dave treat us to some amazing pizza.

To start off, I made caramel bacon bites from Rachel Ray magazine that were inhaled by everyone. I had to hold the vultures off so I could put them on a plate to take a picture. Meanwhile, the dough was rising and we played some games to pass the time until the unveiling of the pizza.

I think Dave was nervous that we wouldn't like it as much as he did, and he knew I'd be reviewing it, so that didn't help either. But he had nothing to fear. He had made the sauce from scratch and it was just tomato-y and garlic-y enough. He didn't cook the sauce before hand, it cooks on the pizza. And we all loved it. We used good cheese, so that went well. But the crust-----oh, the crust. The crust was made to perfection. Dave said using the pizza stone definitely made a difference from the other time he made it so I'm glad Ryan got me one for Christmas. None of us could get over the crust. It was just thick and thin enough, just crispy and chewy enough. Needless to say, he worried for no reason. We made cheese, cheese with hot peppers, and one white pizza with garlic, olive oil and goat cheese. The goat cheese was my favorite, but not by much over the regular cheese. I don't eat hot peppers, but everyone that does, loved those too. All in all, a very successful endeavor. Yeah DAVE!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Domino's Pizza----yes, it's true. ugh

The best part was the cranium box.

Just cheese.

Pepperoni and mushroom.

I can't believe I am actually writing about Domino's, but it has happened. I would never--unless there was literally no other option--order from Domino's Pizza. However, I have heard, from what I thought were reliable sources, that they had improved their crust and cheese and sauce and that I had to give it a shot. Well, aside from the really cool Cranium box.........I have nothing good to say at all. Other than it's pizza, which is always better than not being pizza. The crust did have a garlic-y taste to it, but it was chewy and not at all a good texture. The sauce was, oh, wait, there was barely any sauce----I can't really critique something I couldn't taste. The cheese was gritty and I can't even---yuck. My aunt said she had tasted it before and it was better than the one we had last night. I will probably not be giving it another chance. I'll stick to Pizza Hut for chain pizza.

So, if you a big Cranium fan.....go buy Cranium at Target. Get your pizza somewhere else.