Sunday, April 25, 2010
Blue Grotto Pizza - South Side
I have never seen such an enormous pizza! At 20" square, it was even difficult to get me and the box through the front door at the same time. For reference, that's a dinner plate in the photo - the slice is so big that it looks like a saucer!
The Blue Grotto is one of the two pizzas I had lined up to try in April - the other is Fratello's in Peters Township. We've had a hard time getting to Fratello's - the first time we tried, a huge thunderstorm blew up, and this time the car transmission seemed to be acting up (it turned out to be okay) so we decided to stick a little closer to home and headed for the Blue Grotto.
I love the name - Blue Grotto Pizza is named, I am sure, for the beautiful sea cave in Capri. Before I even tried the pizza, the name appealed to me, as does their motto: "Peace Love and Pizza". (As I also love "Peace Love and Little Doughnuts" in the Strip, makers of the world's best doughnuts.)
The Blue Grotto menu is very limited, but what reason really is there to have more menu options? They make five types of pizza: Neapolitan, Margherita, Bianca, Sicilian and Marinara. Each is available by the slice or whole pie. They also have Pizza Rolls, Sandwiches (Italiano, Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Prosciutto, Cheeseteak, Meatball or Eggplant Parmesan), homemade soup, salad, and beverages.
We ordered a Neapolitan pizza, with no additional toppings. The sauce is very sweet and tasty, with bursts of oregano flavor. We usually ask for extra sauce - we didn't this time, but wish we had. The crust was thicker than I expected, and very chewy, with a pleasantly charred bottom and a very bready rim. I'm not sure if it's in our "Top Ten" favorites, but we did enjoy the Blue Grotto pizza ... and will continue to enjoy it for a few days, as there are plenty of leftovers.
If we had a Top Ten list for salads, though, the Blue Grotto salad will be at Number One. I ordered a small, which was surprisingly normal size - I say "surprisingly", because the pizza was so much bigger than I expected that it seems like everything would be supersized. The salad was a step up from any other take out salad I've had, and was full of mixed greens, toasted sunflower seeds, chick peas, carrot, olives and crumbled blue cheese - close to my idea of a perfect salad.
Next time we go to the Blue Grotto, I'd like to try some of their other pizzas, and will add a topping or two. But next time, I'll definitely order a single slice!