Sunday, October 25, 2015

Day 23, 2015: Black Sheep (Minneapolis, MN)

DAY 23: OCTOBER 23rd, 2015

LOCATION: Black Sheep (600 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Katie Mardis

ORDER: 2 slices of Cheese and Sauce, 1 slice of a Fennel Sausage, Hot Salami, Onion and Cracked Green Olives

Trust the Crust. Black Sheep brings something new to the Minneapolis pizza landscape. And that something new is something old called “coal.” Just as the Italian-American immigrants did out of necessity in the late 1800’s to revolutionize the pizza industry in New York and New Haven, Black Sheep’s installation of a coal-fired oven is poised do the same in Minneapolis. Heated by both coal on one side and gas on the other, the oven might take awhile to tame but if my Cheese and Sauce pizza was any indicator, the pizzaioli at Black Sheep are close. Their familiarity with nuanced heating discrepancies within will soon lead to the perfect char and an unforgettable crisp-yet-chewy crust that requires nothing more than the basics. If want to order extravagant high quality toppings, Black Sheep has them. My hope is that they realize they don’t need them.

Pizzaiolo and coal fired oven

Coal and gas

Fennel Sausage, Hot Salami, Onion & Cracked Green Olives

Cheese and Sauce

Slice of Cheese and Sauce


a slice of Fennel Sausage, Hot Salami, Onion and Cracked Green Olives

Day 23

Lake Calhoun and Robin
1. Robin Rothman and I got soaked in our effort to see the Lakes of Minnesota.  Specifically, we intended to, and eventually did, see two of three lakes in the Chain of Lakes.  One of them was Lake Calhoun.
Robin and Katie
2. If Katie Mardis tells you when you're nine she'll take you to London when you graduate, believe her!
Robin at the Mall of America
3. Robin and I used our stored energy from the pizza to power us through the Mall of America.  This used to be Metropolitan Stadium - the field where the Minnesota Twins played.  Harmon Killebrew hit a home run over 500 feet and the chair he hit is still there!



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  •  3/3
18/21 = .857 x 5 = 4.29

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