A long time ago (last May), in a land not so far away (actually, it was here), I turned 27. I’m big on birthdays, so I knew I wanted to head into my late 20s with a treat. As you all very well know, pizza rules everything around me. So, for this special day, I took on the quite ambitious task of planning my own damn pizza crawl. To sum things up: yes, it was wonderful and satisfying and delicious and so gram-worthy. However, having lived through all the crawling and all the bites, there were some things I would have done differently. From one pizza loving lady to many others, I’m here to share what I learned.
Happy weekend, ladies! I hope you’ve been enjoying a little more frequency in my posting since I’ve been back. I’m trying really hard to stick with it, and that’s why I knew, despite the fact that this week has been non-freakin-stop for me, I had to get this post out with all of the exciting things that have hit my inbox (and my life). So grab a LaCroix on this chilly (#yesssss) Saturday afternoon, buckle up, and let’s get into it!
You know why I love you guys? Well, there are several things, but a big one is: you love pizza, just as much as me. Anyone I can talk pizza with easily earns some points in my book. So earlier this week, I was not surprised to see the love come out after posting the little pizza shot below on Instagram. But, I was intrigued that no one could identify the origin. I had pizza power for about four days, but now it’s time to share with you.
Today I’m coming to you with a little mid-Restaurant Week post to tell you about the glory that is Barbuzzo (110 South 13th Street). In all of my Philadelphia dining experiences, I had only been to Barbuzzo once for lunch. I knew this year I was making my reservations early, and I was so happy this little place did not let me down.
Joined by my friends Eric and Frannie, we stopped by for dinner on Thursday. I’ve heard that Barbuzzo can feel crowded, but we were seated towards the front and were just fine. The cocktails and wine list looked great, but after glancing at the menu, I knew it was going to be a brew night for me. We were greeted with complimentary grilled bread (a common theme of my meal) and sheep’s milk ricotta drizzled with EVOO. I don’t fight these things.
In honor of the upcoming holiday, I start off today with things I love having in my life (in order of importance): my family, my friends, a job, and pizza. You know how some people ask you if you’d give up a certain thing for a million dollars? I have thought about this question, just in case I’m ever asked, and my answer is n-o, I would not give up pizza for one million dollars. I have no shame.
When I am in the pizza mood (which is always) & hanging around Rittenhouse, SliCE (1740 Sansom Street) is my go-to. Their Philly locations consistently serve some of the best pizza in Philadelphia, and their monthly specials (like this bacon cheeseburger pizza – hello lady!) are amazing.
So to celebrate the most loved/hated day in the country, my buds over at SliCE want to hook you up. One lucky lil Her Philly reader will win a heart shaped pizza to enjoy on Valentine’s Day with her sweetie (or girlfriends!). Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and remember, if you are not located within SliCE’s delivery radius, you’ll have to scoop it up yourself.
If you don’t win a free pizza from me, you can still order a heart shaped pie from any of SliCE’s three locations on Valentine’s Day – complete with his & her toppings and a chance to win a Sterling Silver Hershey Kiss necklace donated by Sermania Jewelry (1719 East Passyunk Avenue). This giveaway ends at 12am on Thursday, so hurry!
Oh and pizza, if loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Dining out in any big city is cool, but dining out in OUR city is pretty amazing. There are so many options on each and every block that I’m pretty sure if you wanted to, you would never have to go back to the same place twice (but once you find “the one,” you’re gonna wanna go back). Sometimes, at least for me, when I cook for myself at home, I find my mind wandering to some of these delicious delicacies and wishing I was eating them instead. So, as I sit here eating brown rice & veggies, here are five Philly things I wish I was eating right about now.
5. Turkey Reuben with String Bean Casserole and Macaroni & Cheese at Honey’s on South (2101 South Street)
4. Cheese plate at Moshulu (401 South Columbus Boulevard)
3. All’ Uovo pizza at Serafina (130 South 18th Street)
2. Chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookie at Famous 4th Street Cookie Company (Reading Terminal Market, 51 North 12th Street)
1. Chicken Brochetas at Tinto (114 South 20th Street)
Now that I’m sure your mouth is watering, please, enlighten me: what Philly food could land on your lap right now and you, say, wouldn’t be mad at it? xx