Tuesday, March 21, 2006

don't call it a comeback

my appetite was back in a huge way at last night's slice/gothamist pizza party at fornino in the wb. scroll down to see a familiar face! we were fortunate enough to get a table in the back room and have the assortment of pies delivered right to us. there was always a good flow of food and the bar line never got too long either. and they were serving peroni! i love peroni!

this is what i consumed:
• margheria extra - cherry tomato, mozz, basil, parm, olive oil
• rustica - guanciale (that's pig jowl to you, bub), shitake mushroom,s parm, tomato, mozz
• calabrese - tomato, mozz, sopressato piccante
• ortolana - tomato, mozz, eggplant, zucchini, roasted peppers, broccoli rabe
• pugliese - mozz, fennel sausage, broccoli rabe (consumed while waiting IN line for the bathroom)
• melanzane - tomato, eggplant, ricotta, mozz, parm, basil
• gorgonzola - gorgonzola, mozz, caramelized onion, rosemary
• funghi misti - mixed wild mushrooms, caciocavallo, mozz, white truffle oil
• tartufo - black winter truffles, fontina, ricotta, mozz, olive oil

so that's 9 different pies we sampled of the 16 that were served. not a bad ratio, but i would have happily traded a couple of the pies that featured eggplant for ones that had more meat and/or seafood. they used little japanese eggplants that looked alarmingly similar to sliced sausage. we were tricked a couple times. this is not a complaint, just some wishful thinking from a meat lover. i also went up to the salad bar like 3 times. fornino put together 3 different varities - chopped, mixed greens with shaved parm and ceasar. i love salad. oh and did i mention i love pizza? cause i do and i ate either 10 or 11 slices.

my favorite hands down was the tartufo. what a wonderful bonus to be treated to such a delicious creation made with very expensive ingredients. it was only my second time having actual truffles (rather than truffle oil or what have you) and it was so very delicious. i want to eat an entire pie, but i would have to pay $35. on our way out the chef was demonstrating the mozzerella making process. i gasped when i walked by and saw the bowl of milky liquid and was immediately handed a chunk of warm, gooey mozzerella wrapped in proscuitto. ok and if that wasn't enough, they then brought out mini cups of tartufo for the crowd to sample. god bless us everyone!

thanks to everyone at slice, gothamist and fornino for a really fantastic night. when i get home i'm going to post a picture of the oil soaked menu. i forgot to mention that while biting into my first slice, i was totally attacked by napalm filled cherry tomatoes. later in the evening, i was attacked by truffle oil, but i easily surrended.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for comin', YL. Great times. Wish I would have made it back in the backroom more often so I could have talked to you, Listmaker, and Dave.

See you at bocce on Saturday!

March 21, 2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

oh my gosh it's annoying how you stay so thin!:)
I look at that much food and I gain 10 lbs.

March 21, 2006 5:00 PM  
Blogger Listmaker said...

1. mushrooms suck.

2. i can't believe balgavy ate all of these slices.

3. all hail adam.

March 21, 2006 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alright. alright. perhaps i can forgive you for the sad, sorry showing at katz's this afternoon.

next time, you'd better invite me, sicky...and you too, listmaker.. ha.

March 22, 2006 2:18 AM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

whoops - it was spumoni and not tartufo. tartufo is what we devoured at Tosca's in the bronx - a big mount of ice cream covered with chocolate with some cherries in the center.

March 22, 2006 9:38 AM  

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