Another Little Pizza My Heart (National Pizza Day Edition)

National Pizza Day rules… SRQuisine drools (over pizza)

Here at SRQuisine, the term “wood-fired pizza” doesn’t get tossed around lightly. We love everything about those tender slices of dough- from the crust, to the distribution of patches of dark char juxtaposed by globs of creamy buffalo mozzarella, to the smokey hint that curls up and snuggles in on every slice like a little flavor gift for your taste buds! So you can imagine our delight when we realized that it was National Pizza Day! That being said, no ordinary pie would do- the stakes were high, and tonight was meant for something truly special…

After some deliberation, we made the decision to try Baker & Wife, and we were not disappointed! For those unaware, Baker & Wife is located in South Gate, and has a casual “neo-farmhouse-meets-upscale-pizzeria” feel. The menu boasts comfort food, a variety of entrees, and some truly inspired appetizers. We opted for the Slow Roasted Yellow Beets Salad as a starter and it was a real treat. Now, on to the main event.

We tried two pies:  1.) The Quilted Shroom, and 2.) The Diabla Wild Shrimp. Both were every bit as tasty as we’d hoped for. The Quilted Shroom was decorated with bechamel and roasted mushrooms, and blanketed with sheets of prosciutto, while hints of thyme and rosemary delighted the senses. The Diabla Wild Shrimp was best in show. Under the surface of what appeared to be an inland-sea’s-worth of arugula were swarms of pink shrimp, tomatoes, capers, and onions, each waiting for their day in the sun! Red pepper flakes added a tiny punch to eat bite. It was a feast truly befitting National Pizza Day and one that we won’t soon forget!

We’ve had brunch at Baker & Wife in the past and were thoroughly impressed as well. Check it out! Follow them on Instagram @baker_and_wife, or visit the website: bakerwife.com

And until this glorious holiday next year… pizza and happiness to you!

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Polpo Pop-up Pizza Packs Peppered Punch

Not your average pie!

SRQ’s own Polpo Pizza scored big points this week. We’ve been on the hunt for delicious pizza since moving down to Sarasota, and have only had a few note-worthy pies and slices (details to come). Polpo is a food truck that pops up around town at different restaurants, festivals, private events, and farmer’s markets,  etc. The truck is typically located at Mandeville Beer Garden on Lemon Avenue downtown Sarasota on Tuesday nights for Trivia, as well as the Phillippi Creek Farmhouse Market off 41 south Sarasota on Wednesday afternoons, which is where we spotted the truck and couldn’t resist. We had the “Spicy Margherita” pie (pictured). The peppers were zingy and salty, which added a unique flavor to an otherwise scrumptous pie! Their other pies sound delicious too, especially their signature “Bee Sting” which features calabrese and hot pepper honey.. yum!

Lauren studied abroad in Italy where her love affair with pizza began. She swears that the crust is how you tell a delicious pizza from a mediocre pizza. Eric is a toppings guy. Both of us agreed that the toppings and the crust were excellent! We will definitely be following Polpo’s around to get our hands on more of these pies.

For more information about Polpo’s Pizza Co., visit their website at http://www.polpopizzaco.com. Also, be sure to check out the Phillippi Creek Farmhouse Market, filled with many more food trucks and produce stands, at http://www.farmhousemarket.org.

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