Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween costumes and pizza from Ledo's

Onion and cheese pizza from Ledo's

Pepperoni and onion pizza

Finally....cheese.  Just cheese.

Rachel Berry from Glee

Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood

Emma Pilsbury from Glee

Sookie and Bill Compton from True Blood

Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry from Glee

Santana from Glee

Brittany from Glee

Tina from Glee

The night before Halloween, a bunch of us went to a big party in DC dressed as the cast of Glee, our favorite show.  True to form, we pre-gamed at Mike and Jess' house and ordered pizza from Ledo's.  Chad and Dana joined us as Bill Compton and Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood.  Chad's costume was really real.  He looked all pale and vampire-like.  I decided to do pizza pictures in Halloween costumes for a change!

Ledo's was actually very good pizza.  It's an east coast chain that is way better than Domino' far.  They cut the trays in squares like they do at Vincenzo's, which is my favorite all time pizza.  I know that doesn't mean anything, but it made me feel better about it.  The sauce is sweeter and there was plenty of cheese, which is my favorite part of pizza.  There are definitely better places in Arlington to go and sit down for pizza, but for delivery, this is the way to go! Believe me, the entire cast ate plenty of pizza before the big shin dig! 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

October pizza competition

Fall Pizza from Radius......half with no mushrooms of course!

Bacon pizza.  Need I say more?

The French Connection from Fire Works Pizza----new in Arlington.

Classic Margherita from Fire Works Pizza.

r.t. pizza from Fire Works Pizza
Michael, back from his honeymoon.

Kelly never ceases to amaze me with her big mouth!!

Lindsay's first time on the blog, so it's fitting that Jess is showing her ring!

Dave brought the pizza from Radius.

Newly married doesn't mean she won't show the rings!!

Jenny favored the fall pizza from Radius.

Joey brought the pizza from Fireworks.

Ryan looks very excited to be eating the yummy pizza.

This was my favorite pizza of the night.....pesto!

Remember Chad from the last one?  He's here to stay!

Dana looks cute even when eating pizza!

So....we decided to do a pizza competition and ordered from two different pizza places to compare.  Dave brought pizza from Radius in DC.....the fall pizza--which is pumpkin puree, feta, ricotta, caramelized onions and mushrooms (on half), and the Bacon and Spinach pizza--which is house made pancetta, baby spinach, creamy bechamel, and mozzarella.

Joey and Kelly decided to try a new place in Arlington, Fire Works Pizza.  They ordered one r.t.--which is pesto sauce, salami, fresh mozzarella, spinach, goat cheese, and roasted peppers; the classic margherita--which is cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt; and one french connection--which is white sauce, brie, apples, chicken, roasted onions, prosciutto, tomatoes and dijon cream.

I think we all forgot that we were supposed to be comparing and just dug right in.  It's hard to compare when we didn't order similar pizzas, but people did gravitate towards their favorite ones.  The other thing I will say, is that you should always go to the restaurant and sit down to try a pizza first.  It's always best straight out of the oven. 

That being said........everything was pretty good.  Some people were skeptical of the fall pizza because of the pumpkin, but everyone agreed that it wasn't overly pumpkin-y.  I tried that last year and liked it,  but thought it had too many onions......this one did not.  It was perfect.  The bacon and spinach pizza from Radius was excellent as well with an interesting sauce and bacon that was amazing.  I would like to try other pizza from Radius and eat in the restaurant, but it's hard to seat our big group!  And that place is always packed, which is a good sign!

As far as Fire Works went, the French Connection was fine, but nobody's favorite.  We would have liked it better without the chicken for some reason.  The margherita was amazing. Period, end of story. Everything about it was awe inspiring.  But then again, the pesto pizza (the r.t.) was incredible too.  I love pesto and there was a perfect amount on the crust.  Then the goat cheese....forget about it.  I can't wait to go to the actual restaurant and try it hot out of the oven!