Something I do on a regular basis is make my own pizza. I like to change it up and I have probably never made the same pizza twice. Tonight, I was craving veggies because my good friend made me an awesome salad for lunch and I wanted to recreate that feeling of freshness and nourishment, but I was really cold and wanted a hot comforting meal. So I decided to make a veggie pizza.
Even though I had red sauce, I decided I wanted a white pizza and so I decided to whip up a garlicky white truffle cream sauce as the base. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any ricotta, mozzarella nor parmesan on hand so I made my white sauce with neufchatel, olive oil, white truffle oil, garlic and herbs. From there, I added baby spinach, mushrooms, white onion, green pepper, cherry tomatoes from my friend’s garden and then topped it all off with freshly grated asiago and feta crumbles. Absolutely delicious.
What are your favorite pizza combinations to make at home?
One of my favorite jaunts in Richmond is the restaurant/coffee house/wine bar Cafe Gutenberg. I started going there soon after I moved here from Charlottesville almost exactly five years ago. It had an awesome vibe with it’s bright tangerine walls, multiple built-in bookshelves and old shabby chic furniture. It was so charming and welcoming and they served a great cup of joe. Since those initial days of my Gutenberg experience, there have been many changes. They damn near closed up shop a few years ago, much to my dismay, and sold off all their books, wine and furniture. It’s a shame, too, because even though I still adore the food and the drinks, they ended up remodeling in the change-over and I miss the old atmosphere. In fact, I used to use it as a location for portraits like this one that I shot a few years ago:
Anyway, I digress. So one of the reasons why I have always loved Gutenberg is because of the wide variety of offerings on the menu. As a pescetarian, it’s nice to know that I have a place that serves delicious food and can readily accommodate a vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian without having to sub this item, remove that item or remind the waiter that “Yes, when I said I don’t eat meat, I am including chicken.” (Duh?!) Even more rare is finding a vegetarian beer or wine dinner because apparently if you drink, you automatically pair it with meat. Well, guess what, even though it is being debated currently, those of us who don’t eat meat can be foodies, too, and we love to have a little foodie fun sometimes just like the rest of ya! I heard about the dinner, was allowed a reservation at the last minute, and went to meet up with RVA Foodie, Darling Octopus and Coffee Culture RVA for dinner and lots of yummy Belgian beers.