Friday, July 31, 2015

Searching for The Best Grandma Ever: Pie #2, Two Boots

Friday Night Pizza Night, and the search for #thebestgrandmaever continues.

This time around, we ordered the "Grandma Bess' from our local Two Boots spot. Two Boots has always been a favorite of mine. Their pizzas are inventive and tasty, and the ingredients are top notch. Each pie is named after a celebrity or notable. Grandma Bess is named for the company's owner's grandmother. In the past, I've been partial to the "Earth Mother" a vegan pie named in honor of Bette Midler for her efforts to save the community gardens of NYC's Lower East Side back in the 70s.

The Grandma Bess arrived quickly and it was beautiful -- and for $25, it ought to be.

However, we were a little disappointed. The pizza was delicious, but it had a wet texture that made it less enjoyable to eat. (Maybe because it was delivery and not fresh out of the oven when we ate it?) It had a lovely, fresh, homemade flavor and the light layer of San Marzano tomatoes, a tasty combination of Mozzarella and Parmigiano, and the garlicky thin Sicilian-style crust was fabulously elegant. I could imagine serving it happily at a dinner party with a bottle or two of rosé -- but we soon discovered that any crispness in the crust was becoming soggy by the minute. Wet pizza is no fun. The Grandma Bess is a very traditional Grandma pie -- it had a homemade, heftiness to it and the flavors were clean and bright. It's exactly what you'd think a Grandma Bess would make you for dinner. We were just sorry it was so soggy, and plan to get it to stay next time to see if we get better results. Live and learn, I guess.

Pizza #2: Two Boots
Sauce: A
Crust: C+
Presentation: A
Next Day/Cold Pizza test: C-
Grandma-style: A

So, for Grandma Pie #2, we give Two Boots' Grandma Bess an overall B-. 



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