Pizzeria Vetri- Philadelphia, PA

I loved when I could meet up with my friend, Brianne, in Philadelphia before or after some trips to my client! She’s the best and would drive 1-2 hours from Sea Isle City, NJ to hang with me and explore Philly.

Although she lives the life of a “Pizza Wife” since her boyfriend runs a pizzeria and they opened a Florida spot together, she doesn’t particularly love the pizza in the same way that I do (Of course, I’m quite obsessive). Regardless, she was super nice and willing to tour with me, and we were able to check out some really nice spots in Philly during those visits.

Pizzeria Vetri had just opened in the Rittenhouse Square area, so we walked in and took a seat along the pizza prep area. We went all-in and tried a variety of items and also had some nice conversations with the staff there.

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Nutella Pizza- We looked but didn’t order!

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Team of chefs! Some dressing the pies, some tossing tough, some manning the pizza oven

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Stretching dough on the pizza peel

 

Starter #1: Rotollo: pizza dough, mortadella, ricotta, pistacchio pesto.

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Oooh ahh this one was a goodie! not too overwhelming, and quite nice to have a crunchy pesto!

Starter #2: Pizza Al Taglio del Giorno. Different type of crust on these pizzas. We had one of their daily slices which was dressed in pears and ricotta cheese. It was so unique and refreshing!

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Pizza- Classic Margherita. As you know, a must. This one did not disappoint and we savored each bite!

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Additionally, They had premade cocktails, which I think is a clever idea for a restaurant! This cute sloe gin fizz came in a bottle with its own label.

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All in all, we had a great night and really enjoyed Pizzeria vetri! Thanks to the staff :)

 

Rubirosa- New York City

Slowly ticking off all the favorite ZA in New York. I made a 1-day stop in NYC to volunteer at the famous “Slice Out Hunger” event run by my good friend Scott Wiener!

I had some time to kill and some pizza to consume before the event (of consuming more pizza) began. By the suggestion of another pizza lover/blogger, Miriam Weiskind of the Za Report, I stopped into Rubirosa.

I entered the warm and inviting hole-in-the-wall restaurant and sat at a high-top table, made from wooden slats. I couldn’t help from admiring the decor, filled with wood & metal accents, stamped crown molding, and old-timey tunes piped through the speakers.

I ordered a whole pie and managed to get through most of it on my own! The rest of the slices were consumed within a few hours, so they didn’t last much longer:)

Shot #2, poor lighting, but you can see the cute oil/spices trio that comes with the meal

Shot #2, poor lighting, but you can see the cute oil/spices trio that comes with the meal

1/2 Classic pie, 1/2 Fresca with Pepperoni

1/2 Classic pie, 1/2 Fresca with Pepperoni

Super-Thin crust side shot... Easy to scarf through a few

Super-Thin crust side shot… Easy to scarf through a few

Gobs of mozz, and my favorite type of mini pepperoni

Gobs of mozz, and my favorite type of mini pepperoni

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I couldn't finish all of it! But I made a good effort as a solo diner

I couldn’t finish all of it! But I made a good effort as a solo diner

Take-out bags for my 3 slices

Take-out bags for my 3 slices

Lucca at the Boca Raton Resort & Club- Boca Raton, FL

As part of a momentous celebration of our parents’ 30th Anniversary in Florida, we enjoyed a special meal at an Italian restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The food was great, and after tasting some delectable housemade bread with oil, etc, we knew we had to order some of their flatbread pies! Gernerously topped, displayed on wooden paddles, and cut into bite-sized pieces for the table to enjoy. Oh, and we also ordered a whole fish! Always a fun experience and even more fun when the restaurant helps you de-bone the fish before consuming :)

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Pizzeria Stella- Philadelphia, PA

I was so happy to visit this famous pizzeria with my friend Brianne, who drove out from Sea Isle City, NJ to wander the city of Philly on one of my visits for work. Unfortunately the photos were not my best, but the food was great, and we loved sitting at the pizza bar to watch our pie being made before they closed up shop. Hope you can enjoy the pictures and have a chance to visit one time if you are in town! We liked the location as well!

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The Boiler Room- Cape May, NJ

I had such a great time taking a day trip to Cape May with Brianne! We had such a nice time… ate a lot (she knows I eat a lot) and went to check out a newly opened basement joint in the basement of Congress Hall.

The pizza did not taste as great as it looked. A bit of a sour crust… perhaps too much cornmeal/burnt flour on the pie. We were slightly disappointed, but they may have improved since our visit in June. The room is cool and refurbished and a great hangout, and I’m sure the grub will improve in time.

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