Posts Tagged ‘balsamic’

Pulcinella’s – “Pizza ai Funghi” (Mushroom Pizza)

February 22, 2008

Pulcinella’s Ristorante is a fairly new Italian restaurant at 100 Dorset street in South Burlington Vermont sandwiched between Small Dog Electronics and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). The history of the Pulchinella character is on their website.

Pulcinella’s Ristorante - South Burlington, Vermont
Pulcinella’s – South Burlington, Vermont

Pulcinella’s - “Pizza ai Funghi” (Mushroom Pizza)
Pulcinella’s – “Pizza ai Funghi” (Mushroom Pizza)

Woodland mushroom sauce, scallions, Parmesan & Asiago cheeses, these ingredients on a 13″ whole wheat crust result in a great pie. It’s almost a flat bread a la American flatbread. There are a TON of mushrooms on this pizza, the sauce is rich, and has some acid (balsamic?). The whole wheat gives the crispy crust a nice texture and compliments the earthiness of the mushrooms. The pie is a little rich and would be better alongside a second pie, so that you could alternate slices to cleanse the palate (the first couple bites are awesome, I think my taste buds started suffering from mushroom fatigue). The cheeses have a slight bite, which help with the flavor balance. Despite my best effort I couldn’t finish this pizza in one sitting (this pizza is good cold).

At $13 before tax, this pie kind of blows my lunch budget, but it’s unique, yummy and there were left-overs.

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Church Street Tavern – “Honey Habanero Wings” & “Small Salad”

January 14, 2008

Last night I was watching the Food Network last night and caught an episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay“, nice write-up here about the Buffalo Wing battle. This of course made me think about my own favorite wings (other than the free ones at RJ’s). The Church Street Tavern is in fact located on Church Street in Burlington Vermont.

Church Street Tavern - Burlington Vermont
Church Street Tavern – Burlington Vermont

Church Street Tavern - Hony Habanero Wings (dozen)
Church Street Tavern – Honey Habanero Wings (dozen)

This wings are nice and crispy, fat rendered, cooked perfectly. These are also large wings, you could probably order the small (6 wings) order and be OK for lunch. I usually dislike Habanero peppers, but here the heat and flavor of Habanero is a perfect foil for the sweetness of the honey: sweet and heat! The wing sauce is unique and captivating, so I haven’t really tried the other flavors on the menu, but I hear they’re good. There is also a generous amount of celery and blue cheese / ranch dressing included.

Church Street Tavern - Wet-naps
Church Street Tavern – Wet-naps

Another sign Church Street Tavern takes their wings seriously is the inclusion of wet-naps and plenty of napkins. While the wings were awesome (as always), the salad had dressing issues.

Church Street Tavern - Small Salad
Church Street Tavern – Small Salad

Kudos for the nice wheat? roll and Cabot butter. The requested balsamic dressing was sweet, and not good, I actually threw out the salad because I didn’t have any other dressing (In retrospect I should have re-used dressing sides from the wings).

The wings were a little pricy at $8.95 (cost is the reason the wings are not my number 1), and the small salad was $3.95.