Saturday, October 23, 2021

Day 19, 2021: Blue Steel Pizza Company (Bloomfield, NJ)

 



DAY 19: OCTOBER 19th, 2021

LOCATION: Blue Steel Pizza Company (285 Glenwood Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Terry Jinn, Alexis Saarela, Cat Kemp, Kevin Hines, Cameron, Bea, Emmy

ORDER: 1.5 slices of Little Neck Clam (bechamel, mozzarella, brick cheese, Nueskes's bacon, fingerlings, chive), .5 slice of Buffalo & Smoke Broccoli (red sauce, mozzarella, brick cheese, roasted cauliflower, red onions, gorgonzola, homemade hot sauce and ranch), .5 a slice of classic (Red sauce, mozzarella, brick cheese), .5 slice of Pepperoni (Red sauce, mozzarella, brick cheese, ezzo pepperoni, banana pepper)

REVIEW: 
Party pizza. Conveniently located in the shadow of the Bloomfield, New Jersey train station, Blue Steel Pizza Company is an upscale pizzeria and event space. If you have the budget, the spacious upstairs dining area is an ideal private party venue.  And with a menu full of innovative cocktails and creative Detroit style pizza, Blue Steel has catering covered as well. The decorative main dining room and makeshift outdoor seating areas make any meal at Blue Steel an event. Being the family, the team, a date or just an appetite and Blue Steel will hook you up with deep dish, crisp crusted, tasty pizza. Layered with high quality ingredients and so much brick cheese that it gets fried to the outer edge, each signature pie is an adventure. I recommend getting something more conventional like a classic cheese or pepperoni and something more creative like the bacon, potato, and b├ęchamel infused Little Neck Clam pie. If you like the ingredients, you will like the pie. I know if I lived in the area I would be a Blue Steel Pizza Company regular.



PHOTOS:

Day 19

Pepperoni Pie

Little Neck Clam pie

Buffalo & Smoke Broccoli pie

Classic pie

underside

outer edge

event space on 2nd floor

interior

MISCELLANEOUS:
Bea, Robin, Sean, Cat, Cameron, Kevin, Terry, Alexis, Emmy

1. Terry Jinn, Alexis Saarela, Bea, and Emmy have their halloween costumes picked out.  They're going as Eyore, Piglet, Tigger, and Pooh respectively. Alexis and I seem to be the only ones at the table that watched the live action Pooh Corner when we were kids (and knew someone with the Disney channel).

2. Cameron thinks I eat pizza everyday for a living.  He seemed to look up to me so I didn't have the heart to tell him he's wrong.


3. Kevin Hines was part of my very first pizza month day (10/1/2002).  It was nice to see him 19 years ago. I want to think we haven't changed a bit. 

4. Cat Kemp comes prepared...two minutes into dinner, she broke out the markers and paper which entertained all the kids!

RATING:

 4.29/5

  • VALUE:
     4/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     8/10

  • SERVICE:
     3/3
18/21 = .857 x 5 = 4.29

Friday, October 22, 2021

Day 18, 2021: Austin Street Pizza (Forest Hills, Queens)

 



DAY 18: OCTOBER 18th, 2021

LOCATION: Austin Street Pizza (71-63 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375)

GUEST(S): Lorina Ladrillono, Jeff, Katey

ORDER: 1 slice of NY style cheese (Organic Sauce, Aged Mozzarella), 1/4 slice of Truffle (Truffle Cream Sauce, Fresh Mozz, Cremini Mushrooms, Parmiggiano Reggiano.), 1/2 slice of Pepperoni, 1/4 slice of Sausage N Peppers (Slightly Spiced Sausage, Sweet Red and Yellow Peppers, Caramelized Onions), 1/4 slice of Pesto (Organic Sauce, Fresh Mozz, Parmiggiano Reggiano, Fresh Basil, Olive Oil, pesto sauce)

REVIEW: 
The best new slice around. Already home to a variety of great restaurants, cafes and bakeries, Forest Hills, Queens recently welcomed Austin Street Pizza to the neighborhood. It takes a lot of nerve to name your pizza place after the street you just opened on when its a main thoroughfare chock full of great food including other pizzerias.  Bleecker Street Pizza, and more recently, Prince Street Pizza, have proven its possible and based on the positive response, Austin Street Pizza is poised to be next. Though new to the area, these pizza chefs are not new to the industry. Using three day fermented dough, quality toppings and top tier cheeses reveal this newcomer has done its research. Square, round, triangle - Austin Street Pizza can make any shaped pizza taste good. My favorite were the creatively topped square slices. If you are in the mood for cheesy truffle cream mushroom or a more traditional Pesto Margherita, I recommend them both. Whether you choose to sit inside, outside, or eat your Austin Street Pizza walking down Austin Street do so with the confidence that you have one of the best slices in Forest Hills. 


PHOTOS:

Day 18

Slice options


Pepperoni slice

Sausage N Peppers slice

Truffle slice

Pesto slice

cheese pie

underside

MISCELLANEOUS:
Sean, Jeff, Katey, Lorina

1. Jeff, Katey, and Lorina lead busy lives. In addition to work and school, Jeff bowls (really well) and skateboards. Katey does rhythm gymnastics - her best apparatus in the ball and Lorina is working on her masters degree!
Pen & Puzzle

2. Lorina never comes to a pizza date empty-handed.  In the past she has brought me a make-your-own-gummy-pizza food cart, a shrinky dink pizza, a pin,  a card, and a fabric pizza slice to name a few items. This year, she brought me a 350 piece jigsaw pizza puzzle and a pizza pen!

3. Katey pleaded her case for everyone to not drink beer. She said:
  1. It's Unhealthy
  2. What's even the point of it?

RATING:

 3.61/5

  • VALUE:
     3/5

  • AMBIENCE:
     3/3

  • TASTE:
     7/10

  • SERVICE: N/A
13/18 = .722 x 5 = 3.61