Did the word ‘fried’ get your attention? There is still ‘unfortunate’ belief that when in doubt, just ‘fry it’. Do not like okras’ slimness? Do what they do in New Orleans, fry them! Do not boiled potato? Fried the potatoes to make french fries! Or if you want something already ‘sinful’ even MORE sinful, fry the Mars bar! To make it clear, I do not like fried food. Yes, I said it. I have weaned myself away from my childhood’s favorite (McDonald’s fries) and stopped dipping fried crueller in my congee, so I was skeptical when I heard of ‘fried’ pizza, but it is a genre I am willing to test out.
If you are a frequent reader on my blog, I have never done a restaurant review, but because my recent culinary adventures have been lacking (being sick and just tired) and I felt I needed to update my blog before I lose my ‘blog cred’, I decided to write a dining experience that is worth discussing. So, every Saturday, my mom and I would ‘brunch’. More like lunch, but in New York, we call it brunch, as long as it is a meal consumed between the hours 11am-4pm. There is never anything for me on a typical brunch menu, with its standard egg entrees or hearty burgers, so I mostly dine at restaurants that offer other alternatives. Italian restaurants are great because they have got pastas, pizzas, salads, appetizers, and of course, coffee. 🙂 So it is always a safe choice for a decent brunch meal, besides Asian restaurants in my book.
Today, mom and I visited Forcella, an Italian pizzeria (once started in Brooklyn, NY, but recently opened another location in Manhattan) dedicated to the art of making traditional Neapolitan pizza. The chef behind this joint is a double certified pizzaiolo named Giulio Adriani and the pizza of choice to order here is the montanara, which is a flash-fried, then oven-baked pizza topped with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella and a few sprigs of basil. What makes this pizza special is in its crust. I am no pizza zealot, but because the dough is only slightly ‘fried’, the bread remained light, yet got the texture of a crueller. I could just eat off the cornicone with hummus, my preferred dip. 🙂
As always, I needed some greens with every meal and the arugula with sliced fennel added refreshing balance to the carby pie due to their bitterness. While pizza is not on my regular meal rotation, I am glad I seeked out a place that both my mom and I would enjoy. Our once a week mommy & daughter quality time~