Pepperoni pizza and supreme pizza from (forgive me if I’m wrong on this) Sorrento’s in Hershey, PA. We had a movie day with some friends, and one of them picked these up. The movies: “Alien” and “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.” The movies were good. The pizza was good. It was a nice Saturday.
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 a homemade pepperoni pizza. The main objective here was with the cheese. I used provolone for the first time, mixed into my standard cheese base. I’ve been a bit of a cheese snob, but provolone was the ingredient I knew I needed to get that satisfying semi-rubbery pull to the cheese, and that’s desirable. In the end, it was a wash - I didn’t use enough prov, and the pepperoni grease added to the fluidity of the pie.
As you can imagine, it was still awesome.
Homemade pepperoni pizza
This is my Monday post-gym pizza. This is also (possibly) the first time I’ve made a pie with pepperoni.
I’ve never been a big pepperoni person. It’s greasy, it’s salty, and it’s not a flavor I’ve particularly liked. In this case, I bought a bag of Hormel pepperoni, and part of the problem didn’t exist. These were not particularly greasy. However, they also got lost in the rest of the pizza, and I didn’t really taste them. Maybe it’s time to try actual, good meats.
The dough is enormous because I didn’t stretch the pie enough. Oops.
Homemade pizza with pepperoni
February 13, 2012
This is the special pizza from J&J Pizza, discussed previously. Sometimes pizza can be used as a conveyance for stuff. The stuff in question here: pepperoni, mushrooms, green pepper, sausage, and onions. Sometimes you’re not looking for a transcendent pizza experience, and you’re just looking to have a good time. This was one of those times and it worked for me pretty well.
J&J Pizza, Middletown, PA (no website)
Small special pizza, $12.99
July 16, 2011
This is the pizza served at Metro Bank Park, home of the Harrisburg Senators AA minor league baseball team. It is available in single slices of plain or pepperoni for the same price, or a whole pie.
I walked by the pizza stand on the way to my seat at the beginning of the game, hot dog in hand, and I exclaimed, “Garbage pizza!” I immediately felt pretty bad; I’d hate if the workers had heard me. This pizza is their livelihood!
Mid-game munchies kicked in and I found myself jonesing for some garbage pizza, and garbage it was. The dough was somehow simultaneously crispy and limp (the top portion of the dough was actually undercooked to the point of translucency). Doughy, chewy, bad. The sauce was too acidic. The cheese was passable, but certainly did nothing to save the rest of the slice. Definitely not worth the price, nor the 15-minute wait in line.
Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg, PA
Pepperoni pizza slice, $3.25
July 14, 2011