This is the grilled vegetable pizza from Cafe Fresco, which is one of our usual lunch haunts. It’s a brand new menu item AND a pizza, which is a pretty solid endorsement. I took a picture of the board so I could remember the description, but all I can make out is “NEW” and “$8.00.” So here it is - the new $8.00 pizza with a bunch of veggies on it! I don’t think it’ll replace any other go-tos but it seems like an ok thing if you’re in the mood for a bunch of veggies on your pizza?
Pizza from Infinito’s Pizza Buffet. Top: “rosè” which tasted like cheese pizza despite there also being a cheese pizza? The bottom is chicken barbecue which has BBQ sauce and is as big a turd as it sounds. I’ve written about Infinito’s three times before (all from the same trip).
Post 3 - dessert pizza
Finally we’ve done it. We’ve come to my favorite pizza place of all time. This is extra cheese from Tonino’s Pizza in Harrisburg, PA. I can take or leave extra cheese, but this has always been my favorite blend of cheese on pizza.
There’s something out there called the Pizza Cognition Theory, where your first pizza informs your taste in pizza for the rest of your life. Or something. I don’t know. It’s real stupid. But I do love this pizza, and this is one of the two places we always went while I was growing up. My fondness for this is probably much more appropriate than mine for our other childhood haunt, Pizza Hut.
When I got older, I spent seven years working at the movie theatre in this same plaza. I gained a lot of weight on lunch breaks ordering slices and meatball subs from this place.
We went here to celebrate my brother’s birthday. Happy birthday, brother. You are thirty-two pizzas old today.
This slice was from Alvaro Bread and Pastry Shoppe - see http://alvarobread.com - although I’d hesitate to call it a slice (sizewise it’s closer to 2.5 slices of a lg pizza, and twice as thick). I tried to capture the size by putting my soda in the picture, but I don’t think you can grasp the perspective. THE SODA IS THREE MILES AWAY.
The slice was good - mostly bread, which is fresh baked and delicious like all their breads - with a thin layer of sauce and a thin layer of cheese. I ordered pepperoni, but they also had a plain (with significantly more cheese) and later brought out a sheet (each sheet is six monster slices) with sundried tomatoes and Italian meats.
And even though it ate like a freaking meal, it was only $2.50. I can get behind this.
Alvaro is a great local Harrisburg, PA bakery that also has fresh pasta, sausages, etc - in addition to pastries and gelato - and is always a great, cheap, filling meal.
This is the medium cheese pizza from Monte Carlo in Harrisburg, PA. I ordered it over lunch break from work and polished it off by bedtime that night. I believe I had a poor experience with them before, but this was a really good pie. Smelled a little “American cheesy,” but I didn’t taste any artificial/processed stuff.
I ordered a slice at Metro Bank Park, home of the Harrisburg Senators, last year. Here is the post: http://pizzashewrote.tumblr.com/post/8265857224/this-is-the-pizza-served-at-metro-bank-park-home
Things were a bit different this time around. The pizza place was cobranded with Pizza Hut, although the only branding was on the sign. This slice is neither anything like my slice there last year, nor anything like any Pizza Hut I’ve ever had (no rubbery cheese, different sauce). The piece was smaller than previous. The crust was thinner. It actually was not as good as last year’s slice, and last year’s slice was not v. good.
A new restaurant opened in my area - Tierra Cafe, in Harrisburg. Its menu was very similar to one of our regular lunch haunts (Cafe Fresco, also in Harrisburg), and that gave us the impetus to check it out.
The paninis and sandwiches were reported to be good, and the pasta salad (served as a side with all) was also reportedly very good. I don’t eat pasta salad because it is disgusting. While we all liked what we had, we wouldn’t make it a regular haunt. Seating was limited and there was almost nowhere for groups larger than four.
As for the pizza…
This is their grilled veggie primavera pizza - described on the menu as “eggplant, portobello, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, mozzarella cheese, and pesto sauce.” It’s a 10” pie, and the crust is very dense- definitely not something I’d eat for lunch (or at least finish) on a regular basis. The toppings were applied with a heavy hand, which is okay (although the thick crust had very little rigidity, so toppings easily fell off). The flavor profile was very good, and I’d be interested in trying some of their nine other pizzas if I get around to Tierra Cafe again.
Grilled Veggie Primavera Pizza - Tierra Cafe, Harrisburg, PA