So I still need to write up all the Pizza Month ’08 stuff, but in the mean time, instead of letting new write-ups get pushed back, I’m going to still try to write about everything else as soon as I can.
With that said, I had a great pie for lunch yesterday from a place in the Greenwich Village-ish area of Manhattan called B Bar & Grill. As this lunch was my first time meeting some people who I’ve looked up to for quite some time, I must admit that it was a rare occasion where I had other things on my mind than the pizza. Thus, forgive the minimum amount of photographic documentation.
Though B Bar & Grill definitely doesn’t specialize in pizza (they only had 1 or 2 pizza options on the menu) their pizza was quite good. They serve it to you on presumably the same wooden paddle (aka “peel”) which was used to fetch it from a (brick?) oven. Presentation aside, the pizza does hold up on it’s own. It’s definitely on the fancier side, with fresh moz’, basil shreds, and lighter sauce application. It’s also on the light side of the cooking spectrum – almost no visible browning, but still just enough heat to cook the dough through.
The restaurant in general is also on the fancy side. The decor is highly considered, the desserts come with little mint sprigs in them, and – as far as my tastebuds can tell – they serve cola that is actually made with real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. It’s not surprising then that the prices are a little higher than you might want to spend on a day-to-day basis, but I’d say it’s reasonable. Plus, I mean c’mon… they actually paid someone with enough design sensibility to feature Gotham in the design of the menu!