I have wanted to write about Buontempo Brothers Restaurant, since I began this blog. And I organically hoped to be in downtown Bel Air, MD to be able to try enjoy some unique slices. And this week I was fortunate enough to do so. Oh and you better believe, they have some creative ideas for pies.
Just as important, they have a friendly staff that has always greeted me and as far as I’ve seen, all of their patrons with a friendly hello and some pleasantries. I have only lived in the area for over 6 years, but I always get the feeling, that there is a strong sense of community and it’s frequented by a lot of regulars, that have been coming for years. There’s a lot of love going around. It just feels like what a pizza place/Italian restaurant should be.
And that love translates into their cooking.
Simply put, I love their pizza. And you see how aggressive their menu is. You see some selections that are atypical of many pizza parlors. And ever since, the first time, I visited them in 2008, it’s been nothing short of fantastic quality.
My indoctrination came from their Tuesday special. A purchase of any large pizza, would get me a second large cheese for just $2.00. Worth it’s weight in gold, and za!
My favorite slice of theirs, is the Chicken Pesto, and I’ve continuously raved many times on how much I love pesto. I will review this slice in time, but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone again.
First off, I ordered the Mediterranean and as you can see below, I barely made it to the party.
I will say, that their crust has always stood out to me. I can’t put my finger on it. I don’t know if it’s something in the water but, oh my goodness, it’s divine. I sense there might be some parmesan or butter embedded in the crust, or I could be tricking my into thinking as such, But it’s top notch. I could’t resist the pesto anyways, as we’re drawn to each other like magnets. But this is a damn fine slice. With the aforementioned pesto, eggplant, feta, tomato, and spinach piled on top of a traditional cheese slice, this is a certified winner. I was so happy to try this and will be seeking it out again. I know, many of us, myself included, can’t help but devour a pizza very quickly. In this instance, I tried to savor this. The flavors and the soul behind this slice, coming together, was pure ecstasy.
My second order, the Stuffed Spinach, almost didn’t have a chance. I’m glad I got it though, and for folks that love bread, this is amazing. But it’s too filling for me. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try another stuffed pie again. It’s all a matter of taste. I was pretty full after the first choice.
I could hardly eat the crust but, the spinach, ricotta, and mozzarella inside was a real winner. Toasted to perfection. On a thin crust, it’d be even more magical. The marinara sauce, on the side, added some more flavor, that was already bringing some good ones. Still a solid slice, just not something I would go for, on a regular basis.
I’ll tell you one thing that’s cool, they reheated both and to my pleasure, the slices, ended up being stuck together. Now some people might find that annoying. I find that cool. And the theme of this blog has been about soul, joy, and fun. And how can you not get a kick out of this :
I had to break the two pies apart, and perhaps that’s a source of good luck or just great food.
If you’re in the Bel Air vicinity, I suggest going here. There’s a vibrant energy that keeps many of us coming back. One review of this place will not do it justice. More to come.