I am not a very disciplined blogger with regards to this site. I do a much better job keeping up over on Good Day Rome. For some reason, I have neglected to chronicle our pizza eating. I can assure you it is not because we have stopped eating pizza.
I could have written about Fired Up Pizzeria in Durango, CO, which we visited in August. Quite yummy, great crust, fresh ingredients and yes, a wood-fired oven. Highly recommend if you find yourself in Durango.
I should have blogged about La Gatta Mangiona, which many would rate as one of the finest pizzerias in Roma. We visited for the second time a couple of months ago with another retired-from-the-embassy ex-pat couple. It’s terrific pizza and they have excellent sfizi and fritti as well. Beware, though, it is a longish trip on the #8 tram, you must have a reservation, and it is helpful to speak Italian. Some day I will properly review La Gatta.
I might have said a few words about the forgettable pizzeria in Lucca, whose name I have forgotten.
Then there were the repeat trips to La Pratolina, Dar Poeta, Rossini, and Da Remo. But I have written about them each several times. They are all still worthy and we still frequent them, maybe too often. I have a hard time writing anything new about these great places.
So here we are, with a new entry: Bir & Fud. Yes, it is a strange name, not Italian and certainly not English, more of a phonetic approach. I have heard about Bir & Fud for many years so I decided we would expand our horizons and give it a whirl. I had a bail out plan in mind: Dar Poeta is right around the corner.
They do not take reservations and I had heard it could be mobbed, so we set out ridiculously early, arriving at 19:10. The pleasant bar was full of beer drinkers, and the dining room had only a few people. The hostess informed us we could be seated but the kitchen would not be ready until 19:30, and we had to be out by 21:30 because there was a private party arriving to take over the entire restaurant. Fine with us.
It’s a small, pleasant, and modern dining room. The Italians might say accogliente, comfortable and welcoming, but in a minimalist way. Nothing formal nor stiff about this brew pub. Artisanal beer is indeed a specialty, and the pizza is very good.
Pizza Quality: 3 Very good ingredients, a very chewy crust, stands up to the ingredients and does not get soggy, but the number of selections is small by comparison to other pizzerias.
Service: 3 They won’t necessarily rush you, but you may be told when you reserve that you have to depart by a certain time as the table will turn at least twice in an evening. Bi-lingual.
Ambiance: 2 Pleasant, small dining room, tables not overly crowded. One point deducted for no outdoor seating.
Bonus: 1 Extra point for a great beer menu.
Total Points: 9
Returnability: Go-to Place – fine if you are in Rome. Dar Poeta, in my opinion, is better but DP does not have the choices in beer.
Oh, Carolyn, we despair of finding pizza like that in Portland! Maybe Kenàs Artisan or a Pizza Scholl’s. You can help us find a place, OK?
Happy New Year! I’m cozy inside. Nippy outside and oh so windy. Nearly blew me over while getting my garbage and recycling out. I’m behind with email so enjoying doing a little catching up! I’m drooling – a pizza with all those anchovies. I would have died and gone to heaven! Do you know any place in Portland who does anything close to that? Love ya, Carolyn