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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Best Pizza of 2011...better late than never: Olcé Pizza Grille (Cedars, PA)

This was the Margherita Pie.  Appears a non-perfect circular pie with charred edges and fine bubbles of fermentation throughout the base.  Looks amazing and exciting. 4.5/5

The crust is thin, full of fermented flavor, crackly towards the edges, and refreshingly light.  Very Neapolitan-esque b/c of the fire in the oven.  Only difference is that it is fired by gas(I believe), not wood.  In any case, it's a really nice crust!  5/5
The sauce is of freshly crushed tomatoes.  It's a balance of sweet/savory and is vibrant, and flavorful.  4/5

The cheese is of fresh mozzarella.  It really liquefies being next to those flames and is packed with a sweet, dairy farm flavor that delivers nicely to the taste buds.  4.5/5

Overall, Just do it.  Yeah, it's that good, especially for the 'burbs.  It all comes together in a beautiful symphony of dough, sauce, and cheese.  4.5/5

Total Score: 4.5/5

Olcé Pizza Grille's website

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dalessandro's (Roxborough, Philadelphia) - Cheesesteak

Appears a packed 11" roll with finely chopped steak, topped with fried onions. - 4

The roll is an Amoroso's. Maybe not my first choice, but at least this roll is super fresh. It has a pretty soft interior, but works for this sandwich. - 3.5

The meat is fresh ribeye. The steak is chopped up really fine on the grill. No fat or gristle, with a slight amount of grease. The steak almost melts in your mouth.  Really high quality stuff here. - 4.5

The cheese is american and melted on the grill with the steak. Melted throughout meat, not just thrown on the roll and left half melted. Cheese to meat ratio is outstanding. A real nice balance. - 4.5

Overall, one of my favorite places. Dalessandro's has been open for over 50 years and has received numerous praise and awards throughout the years. They are also Zagat rated. Always an enjoyable experience, with fast and friendly service. You can even order a beer with your sandwich. - 4.5

Total Score: 4.3/5

Dalessandro's Website:

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Via Marconi Pizza Pub (Lansdale) - Pizza and Beer

Appears a large slice with crispy edges and a fairly thin crust. A generous layer of melted cheese atop a very thin layer of tomato sauce. 3.
The crust is thin with a golden brown color. A crispy and crackly underside on this crust, with some slight char marks. You can hold this slice without it getting flimsy. - 3  

The sauce is pretty mediocre. Definitely stingy on the sauce here, but what I can taste of it, is kinda bland. - 2

The cheese to my taste, is a blend of mozzarella and cheddar. It has an ok flavor. A fair amount of oil and it's slightly rubbery. - 2.5

Overall, this is an ok slice. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for this slice, but if you're in the area give it a try. -2.5

Total Score: 2.7/5

Via Marconi Pizza Pub has a nice selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles.

To the left is Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company. What else can be said about this fantastic beer? One of the best Imperial IPAs ever.

Via Marconi Pizza Pub Website:

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