Monday, October 26, 2020

Day 25, 2020: Amy's Pizza

 

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DAY 25: OCTOBER 25th, 2020 

LOCATION: Amy's Pizza

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Bianca Casusol

ORDER: 4 slices of cheese

REVIEW: 
Organic, vegetarian and good. Amy's Kitchen was ahead of the times when they introduced frozen Amy's Pizza to their organic and vegetarian food line in 1996. Their head start on the pizza-can-also-be-made-with-wholesome-ingredents industry continues to pay dividends both monetarily and culinarily. I ate it not even being aware it was made with organic ingredients. Apparently, when Rachel and Andy Berliner were pregnant with "Amy" in 1987, they started cooking recipes with carefully curated ingredients because they weren't able to find them elsewhere. One thing led to another and not only is Amy's Kitchen a huge hit but even Amy has her own kid. Knowing it was one of the more healthy pizzas I have eaten does make this good meal-for-one or snack-for-two even better.  The thin, crisp crust provided a solid foundation for the part-skim mozzarella and organic tomato sauce. If you happen to have your own (preferably organic) toppings to add, Amy's Cheese pizza would be a perfect blank canvas for you to enhance - but it's pretty solid as is.



PHOTOS:

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day 25

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MISCELLANEOUS:
Bianca, Sean, Robin
1. Bianca's hair is the color of amazing. She moved during this health crisis and promises to have a housewarming when it's over.

2. Robin spent a good chunk of the day phone-banking to ensure that people have a voting plan.

RATING:
 3.06/5

  • VALUE:
     3/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     5/10

  • SERVICE: N/A
11/18 = .611 x 5 = 3.06

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Day 24, 2020: Metro Pizza (Las Vegas, NV)

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DAY 24: OCTOBER 24th, 2020 

LOCATION: Metro Pizza (4001 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Cynthia Taylor, Roger, Kitzi Taylor, Lily Rothman, Paul Rothman

ORDER: 2 slices of cheese 86th Street Square Pie (Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Romano Cheese and Olive Oil), 1 slice of pepperoni

REVIEW: 
A pizza fans' pizzeria. Eating at Metro Pizza is a true celebration of all things pizza. The Vegas chain began as a dream of two Brooklyn cousins and has blossomed into established institution. From traditional Napoletana to Chicago deep dish and everything in between, Metro Pizza is a one stop shop for any style. I opted for the 86th Street Square Pie and hit the jackpot.  Not unlike the L&B Spumoni Gardens (located on "86th Street" in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn) this Sicilian Style pan pizza is topped with generous amounts of melted mozzarella cheese, simmered tomato sauce, grated Romano and a drizzle of olive oil. It's cooked to perfection where the thick crust is crisp yet surprisingly light. For a spicy kick, add old school pepperoni. Consistent with the best versions of this style, a single pie feeds more than four adults and reheats as well (or better) than the initial bake. Whether it is an homage celebrating New York Sicilian or a Metro Pizza signature doesn't matter, what does matter is that it's just right.



PHOTOS:

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day 24

86th Street Square Pie

MISCELLANEOUS:

Roger, Cynthia, Lily, Paul, Robin, Sean and Kitzi

1. Zoom enabled us to have a virtual family reunion of sorts in addition to a pizza party. My aunt, mom, wife, and in-laws were all able to be brought together in pursuit of pizza.

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2. After we ate, a coyote from across the lake got hungry too. I got a photo of him with my phone and even though he was at quite a distance, it was too close for comfort.

Robin and Trudy
3. Robin performed a spooky Halloween show online thanks to make-up, a greenscreen, and a whole lot of technology.  Who knew hanging a greenscreen in a Las Vegas bathroom could be the setting of a show featured in the Edinburgh (Scotland) Horror Festival?  I play the undead Shane Taymor, the emcee in the beginning. See she show here


RATING:
 4.52/5

  • VALUE:
     4/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     9/10

  • SERVICE:
     3/3
19/21 = .905 x 5 = 4.52