OK, please forgive me at the onset of this post for the ridiculously cheesy title. I still plan on rhapsodizing poetically about our newest favorite eatery: East Village Bohemian Pizza. This little gem has been opened with rave reviews for almost a year yet it was late September when we went for the first time. Every review I read emphasized the tiny space and the long wait times. I am really not a patient person (and The Hubs is even less so). Finally, on a sunny afternoon, we put the top down and decided to give it a try around 2:00 p.m. on a Sunday. (That would be the top down on my vintage convertible, not our own tops……)
We were the only ones there.
Now, let me just say that I love small, quaint places like this. The restaurant proper is not more than a walk-through, shot-gun style bar—quaint and cozy, especially with the wood fired oven. The patio is what is keeping us coming back. This is our new Sunday afternoon habit.
I worried about our new find because we were the only ones there, but around 3:00, two other couples came in.
On our first visit, we sampled the Roasted Artichoke Hummus, a house-made hummus with pizza points. The hummus was good but the pizza points were better! They had just the right amount of char and crispness with a sprinkling of sea salt. (Sorry, no pic.)
For our first pie, we chose Mt. Vesuvius (San Marzano Tomatoes, Spicy Soppressata, BurnCo Italian Sausage, Porcini Mushrooms, Roasted Jalapeño, Mozzarella Di Bufala. Topped w/ Spicy Calabrese Pepper Sauce). In my opinion, the pepper sauce was the star here.
But, speaking of stars, you must, must, must try the Gypsy Rose cocktail (Prosecco, house-made pomegranate grenadine, St. Germaine, fresh lime juice). This drink is so refreshing and delicious that you will find yourself slurping them down quickly, especially on a sunny afternoon on the patio. Beware! I stopped myself at two.
Again, I am worried about this place. It seems once we set our mark on a place as our designated favorite, it goes out of business. But, on our next Sunday visit, the place was hoppin’. There was a downtown apartment tour going on (Dwell in the IDL) and one of the featured apartments was right across the street, located above Girouard Winery. Quite a few of the people on the tour were coming right on over to have a pizza and/or a beverage. (It was a good thing we did not go on that apartment tour. I think The Hubs would have made an offer on the spot for it and we would have moved post-haste.)
For our second Sunday samplings, we tried the Goat Cheese Salsina (San Marzano Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Jalapeños, with Lovera’s Goat Cheese, Fired in the Oven).
For our pie, we chose the Local Sausage (no giggling) with San Marzano Tomatoes, Burn Co Italian Sausage, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Caramelized Red Onion, and Mozzarella Di Bufala.
I had to sample another inventive cocktail and this Sunday afternoon The Blackwell was the star (Blackberry and rosemary infused gin, St. Germaine, fresh lemon juice, and Prosecco).
After our afternoon interlude at East Village Bohemian Pizza, we decided to wander around the East Village a bit.
It is a very, very short block but it has such character!
Right around the corner, we found this great building.
If it is even for sale is not evident.
I hope I have not jinxed East Village Bohemian Pizza with my rhapsodic review. Again, when we fall in love with a place, it sometimes tends to disappear.
Please look for copycat recipes soon, especially of that Gypsy Rose and The Blackwell. My next libation will be to try William S Burroughs (Herradura Silver, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, on the rocks with a salted rim). I will simply work my way down through their cocktail menu.
Thanks for tagging along.