DAY 23: OCTOBER 23rd, 2009
LOCATION: Tomato and Basil (226 4th Ave, Park Slope, BROOKLYN)
ORDER: 1 slice of cheese, 1 slice of grandma
GUEST(S): Mike McFarland
Tomato and Basil's sign reads "Home of the Grandma slice" and while it may not be where the grandma slice was invented it could very well be the place it was perfected.
As the name of the pizzeria indicates, the grandma slices are served with copious amounts of rich, tangy tomato sauce and just the right amount of basil. But there is so much more. The olive oil drizzled into the precisely proofed dough and creamy fresh mozzarella also contribute to the overall deliciousness of the slice and are not mentioned on the awning outside. Of course, Tomato and Basil and Olive Oil and Mozzarella and Dough is a rather lengthy store name so I suppose they made the right choice to just focus on the first two.
That being said, I strongly urge you to order a slice with both Tomato and Basil. Obviously I'm biased towards the grandma but there are several other options including the margherita and marinara that also include the featured ingredients.
My second slice was a standard cheese slice. Despite it's outward appearance, it was more-than-solid. The orange shade of the cheese is likely due to the presence of so much tomato sauce beneath it. Since I love good tomato sauce and Tomato and Basil specializes in it, I loved every bite of this slice. I especially like it when the sauce and cheese go all the way to the edge of the, in the this case, uniformly thin-yet-chewy crust.
If you are ever wandering around Prospect Park on a warm day, stop in and see what I mean. Also go here if it's cold but keep your jacket on...I did.
1. Michael McFarland likes his pizza cold.
2. The music is played rather loudly but it's good music.
- SERVICE: N/A
14.5/18= 0.801 x 5 = 4.03