Monday, February 6

Unofficial Adventure: Luigi's Pizzeria

If you haven't already noticed, when I'm in a new city I like to find a local pizza place and try them out.  Pizza is a comforting anchor when I'm feeling lost in the spaghetti freeway system or dismayed by the number of Outback steakhouses on one street (we counted 4 on FM 1960).  Finding myself (and my beau) in Houston for Owl Con (a tabletop roleplaying convention) and having the evening free, we fired up Yelp and looked for a nearby pizzeria.  Luigi's Pizzeria was what we found and I am happy to say that the pizza was great*.

We got the Caprese pizza which comes with buffalo style mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.  The crust was soft and had just enough of its own taste to play a supporting role in each bite; the sauce went right to the edge and combined with the fresh tomatoes to make each bite the perfect amalgam of fresh and cooked tomato flavor; the mozzarella was milky and wonderful; and the basil was freshly chopped and liberally applied.  Each bite had a perfect balance of flavors.

The restaurant itself was cozy with rather limited seating (there is a patio as well).  It is BYOB and we saw someone who had brought their own bottle of wine.  The staff was extremely friendly and seemed to act like family.  There was a certain lightheartedness about their interactions that made me happy to be there because they seemed like they were happy to be there.

Before the pizza we had breadsticks that were a wonderful texture.  They were almost like perfectly baked dinner rolls in consistency.  After dinner we took advantage of (what is probably made on site) italian ice cream.  They had a Blue Moon flavor which is the first beer ice cream that clearly tasted like the beer.

If you live in Houston or are traveling there, this place is well worth the effort to get there.

*When officially pizzadventuring we try to use the following scale:
Never Speak of this Again
Ok/Forgettable- won't be going back, wasn't bad but I'm not interested in finding out more
Good - delicious and a place I would go back to for the pizza
Great - the pizza was amazing and not only will I be going back but I will be recommending it

Tuesday, January 3

What I've Been Up To

 I have been up to...

 ...making Mac and Cheese from Damon's recipe.  For the second batch we added a couple of drops of hot sauce to the the sauce and it transcended this plane of existence.

...laughing at historical markers.  Just read the last sentence on that one.  It's outside the library in Bandera, Tx.  It was written in 1968, so it's hard to get too offended.

...playing frisbee golf beside the Bandera River.  The frisbee golf was only mildly successful, but the river had just enough water in it to be gorgeous.  It wasn't flowing, but I hear that not too long ago there wasn't even this much water in it.

...adventuring and eating pizza at Goomba's Pizza in Helotes, Tx.  This was their white pizza and the crust was absolutely fabulous.  Unlike the white pizza from Giovanni's, the olive oil and spices gave the crust that perfect buttery flavor.