On our last day in New York City, it rained, and rained, and rained some more. BUMMER! We had a free afternoon, and were lucky enough to be able to take a tour of NBC Studios, and see Mama Mia! Both were so much fun, and we were happy to be indoors and out of the rain. Our eats reflected those of our first day: Deli Sandwiches and Pizza.
For lunch, we ducked into a place near Broadway to get out of the rain. It was another “tourist” type eatery, and although the food was okay, it wasn’ t spectacular and the dining environment was less than pleasurable. The dishes were spectaculars: oversized and overpriced. My brother ordered a turkey club, which had well over a pound of deli turkey, a ball of bacon wrapped in tomato and lettuce, and was about a foot tall. Needless to say, he had an interesting time attempting to eat it. All of the tables were placed so close together, that I felt involved in other conversations. The service was slow, and after sending me the wrong meal, took an additional 25 minutes to deliver the correct dish. By this time, my entire family had finished their lunches and I was starving.
I ordered the Caprese Chicken Sandwich on Rosemary Foccicia. When our order came, the sandwich they gave me was a plain toasted sub roll with dry chicken, lettuce and tomato. Normally, I wouldn’t complain about a mix up, but this sandwich did not look appetizing. When my correct lunch came out, I was less than impressed. The bread was okay but not fresh, the chicken was dry, the tomato flavorless, and topped with plain iceberg. The mozzarella was the best part of the sandwich, but was minimal. The bread was dressed with balsamic, which ended up making the bottom piece of foccicia soggy. I had to add ketchup to it so it wouldn’ t be so dry! I NEVER do that to rather complex sandwiches because I like to taste their flavor, but this was so bland and dry I had to!
Dinner was an improvement! THANK GOODNESS! I hate leaving a meal unsatisfied, unhappy or wishing I had ordered something else. Lunch was one of those “unhappy” food moments, and I needed something for dinner to boost my mood. Since it was raining, we decided to grab food to bring back to our room. My brother wanted pizza, so we set out in search of some GOOD slices, determined not to make the same mistake twice. After looking at a few places, we found a small pizza place that seemed to be very popular. From their slices, to impressive dessert selection, this place was the “Taste of New York” we were hoping for. When I walked in, the first thing that caught my eye was the dessert case. It also caught my dad’s eye, and we ended up getting our favorite Italian dessert: Cannoli. I ordered a slice of Margarita Pizza and had half of a Plain Cannoli and half of a Chocolate Covered Cannoli for dessert.
PIZZA PERFECTION!!! It was huge and had a thin, crispy crust. There was still a “doughy” texture on the top of the crust, and was dressed with the perfect amount of homemade sauce (heavy on oregano!), fresh mozzarella and Parmesan melted with garlic, and finished with fresh pieces of tomato and whole basil leaves.
The cannolis…..just look at them. There are no words. They were generously filled and topped with chocolate chips—I savored every last bite. It was the perfect way to end our trip to the Big Apple.
What are your favorite pizza toppings?