Pizza has made its way to Ate by Ate! After 400+ posts, the great big pizza pie is finally getting some serious love and attention! I love pizza (I only know of 2 or 3 people who actually don’t – the horror!) but you know how it is: ordering pizza from your local pizzeria takeout joint and having your hot and fresh pizza out of the cardboard box doesn’t really make for the most stellar photography. Unless you’re out to wine and dine, pizza is generally consumed in the comforts of your school cafeteria, elementary school day pizza day lunches, at home in your PJs in front of the tv, or among friends at a movie and games night pizza party.
Pizza is one of those foods that I just don’t order when I’m dining out and it’s not because I don’t want to. I definitely do, but I have to be honest, the prices are a deterrent. I know the ingredients and toppings are and can be stellar, but when a pie meant for an individual person costs $16, I cringe. There are many pizzas around the city I’d love to try, and maybe I will someday, but for now I’d much rather either make my own (making pizza dough and my own pizza creation is something I’ve always wanted to try!), or else it’s something I have to think long and hard about if it isn’t the variety delivered in a cardboard box.
Enter Il Fornello. This Italian eatery serves up a menu of linguine, spaghettini, ricotta ravioli, gnocchi, antipasti, appetizers, and salads (insalata) with fresh mozzarella and ricotta di bufala, veal fettucine, chicken parmigiana, and a host of wood-fired, thin crust pizzas. The menu is comprised of so many foods I love. Pasta? Check. Fresh mozzarella? Check. Pizza? Check, check, and check! And yet it has taken me so long to sit down to a meal here! It’s not the type of place my family would necessarily go to (remember, my dad does not feel the love for pasta) and for whatever reason, the opportunity to enjoy a meal here has evaded me all this time.