If I had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life, I would choose pizza. Pizza’s versatility is what makes me its number one fan. Pan, thin, deep dish, flatbreads; The possibilities are endless! I am a very moody foodie(poet and I don’t know it!), so it really depends on where my taste buds are feeling that day when it comes to the type of crust I like. I will say however that deep dish pizzas are just not my thing. I apologize in advance to the city of Chicago, but I think Chicago style pizzas should not be referred to as a pizza. Its clearly a pie. I can very easily add some apples and a top crust and submit it in the next pie competition.
I love a good brick oven pizza. Nothing beats the charred, chewy crust of a pizza right out of a brick oven. I remember eating the pizza at Pizza Paradiso in DC on my road trip earlier this month, and burning the roof of my mouth after not waiting long enough for it to cool down a bit. Needless to say I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying every single bite!
I am taking a different approach this month because there is a great deal to share about pizza. I will be reviewing pizza spots I’ve already visited first, then I will choose three new spots, and finally make a couple pizzas at home.
When I lived in the Chestnut Hill area of Philly I stumbled on this awesome food event called Night Market. The Night Market started out as a small street food event and has grown into this mega food festival. Every summer they choose about 4 different areas of the city and take a over a couple blocks for the night. The best food trucks and local restaurants come here offering amazing street food fare. You can literally come here and satisfy every single food craving you have that day. I remember thinking to myself, ” I am officially in love with this city”. The Night Market speaks to the reputation of Philly’s food scene.
I walked up to this pizza stand that had a portable brick oven. They had me at hello! Nomad pizza features local, fresh, organic ingredients. I ordered the margarita pizza and in five ten minutes I was in pizza heaven. Chewy, charry(so not a word), tangy, and creamy are the words that describe this pizza. I can without a doubt say that this place is in my top 3. After having it at the Night Market I decided to visit their South St location. We were seated at the downstairs table seated right in front of the pizza making action. Get here fast!
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I am not sure how I found out about this place but let’s just say my girls and I visited on a weekly basis at one point. The flatbreads are yummy and the recipes are out of the box. The weekly flatbread is always something over the top. Last week’s BBQ pulled pork flatbread was made with housemade maple BBQ sauce, pulled pork, fontina cheese, picked red onion and creamy cole slaw. The scene is very family friendly so feel free to get a pint of their beer while the kiddies are occupied with coloring sheets and globes. They even feature a kid’s appetizer(fruits and veggies with peanut butter). Earth Bread caters the culture of the Mt. Airy community: parents who still want to have a social life and bring their kiddies along. My favorite flatbread is the White and Black: Roasted garlic sauce, crispy bacon, figs, asiago, parm and arugula.
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My best friend Egypt lives in the University City section of Philadelphia and recommended Dock St for dinner one night. We walked in on a Friday night around 8 and it was pretty packed. Egypt mentioned she never seen it that full. Good news for Dock St. The host was very accommodating in trying to find a table right away. We were seated after waiting about 15 minutes. Our good friend Toya(veggie burger feature from last month) met us there as well. We started with the roasted beet and goat cheese salad(oven roasted beets, walnuts, horseradish sauce, and balsamic reduction over baby spinach) and ordered the BBQ chicken and fig jam pizzas to share. The BBQ chicken is Egypt’s go to and the fig jam sounded yummy. Both were really good but the fig jam pizza was really tasty! The atmosphere is great for hanging out with friends. Not a kid friendly restaurant so keep the kids at home, at least after 6pm.
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Off to search for more gems!