Monza- Charleston, SC

Jon and I loved visiting Monza pizza on King street in the ‘cool’ area of Charleston, SC. The racecar theme was adorable, themed menu, and great dining experience all around. I would describe the ambiance as upscale casual… a great place to go with a group of friends, or a date night spot. We were pleased with every part of our meal. The antipasti special was killer. Check out this plate. We knew we would barely be able to make it through our pizza after conquering that plate, and finished off with a killer dessert.

Cheers to our carafe of wine!

Cheers to our carafe of wine!

Driver-themed options

Driver-themed options

Hello Beautiful Antipasti Platter! Took care of it all...

Hello Beautiful Antipasti Platter! Took care of it all…

Happy Dessert

Happy Dessert

<3 the undercrust

Von Trips Pizza

Von Trips Pizza

Gusto Pizza- Des Moines, IA

This was a quick stop before Jon’s cousin’s wedding back in Iowa… we loved the concept and the pizza box designs. This place was full of fun pizza combinations so we tried two different kinds. Nothing miraculous in the dough/crust department, but it was a solid base to hold the plethora of toppings!

Will be back in April perhaps!

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Pizza Expo 2016- The Anticipation

This will be my FIFTH year at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, NV. I will only be able to attend from Sunday (Mar 6) to Tuesday evening… short visit this year since I am supporting my fiance at a conference. But I am so excited to see familiar faces and hang with old friends. I’m lucky to have this event to remind me what it means to be passionate about something and see great examples of people doing just that!

Below are just a few old photos as I reminisce about the past years.

 

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

under-shot

under-shot

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