Happy Opening Day in Baltimore. For many this feels like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other festive days, all rolled into one. Life is good. Everyone is happy and feeling like a million bucks. As we should. Now in keeping with the tradition of today, I did go local on today’s review.
My pizza journey this week led me to Italian Sensation in Fallston. I go through a running list of places I want to check out and listen to suggestions from my fellow pals. But, the funny thing here is I had no idea they had a local creation, until perusing their menu. You could call it coincidence, happenstance, or fate. The inspiration and stories find us. I was to go about this pizzeria like any other. And of course with different analysis. But serendipity finds me again. Of all days to write about their spot, of course it had to be today. And I’m glad.
Have I stretched this out long enough?
The Baltimore, pictured above, looks so beautiful doesn’t it? With sauteed shrimp and crab meat, it’s a locals dream. The olive oil, garlic, and mozzarella are a good complement to this pizza pie. Now I say good. In my opinion, it’s not amazing. I didn’t have any expectations going on, and I wasn’t disappointed nor was I blown away. The shrimp is incredible. I could pick those off and eat those myself. Actually, a few times I did. Something about the crab meat didn’t entirely work for me. Maybe I didn’t enjoy it on my slice? If this were just loaded with shrimp, I would be heaping for praise. The pizza otherwise tastes pretty good. If you take off all the toppings, it’s essentially a white pizza, without the ricotta. And it tastes alright. The crust is magnificent though. It’s just a little crunchy, but mainly soft and chewy that it ranks up their with the best of them. And I love when the cheese crunches up near the end of the crust, and becomes one with the pie. Lovely. I’d say it’s a good pizza, but not a great one overall. It’s maybe a case of the whole not equaling the sum of it’s parts.
I also ordered a cheese, as a nice dichotomy to the Baltimore. And in the back of my mind, I thought it might play second fiddle. How wrong I was. This was stupendous. It’s just as scrumptious and savory as it looks. I don’t know if the cheese swirled while I was bringing it home, or it was made that way. But this is almost too beautiful to eat! But it was enjoyed and appreciated. And again, the dough is a stand out here. Magnificent.
Paired together, they look good. For more of the wine that’s hiding back there, click here.
I haven’t been to Italian Sensation often, but I’ve usually been happy. I’ve had several of their slices, and always enjoyed them.
The staff was also very friendly and welcoming. The Fallston location has a nice aura about it. The outside looks so charming. I’ve also been to the Bel Air spot and got the same vibe. A review of that place is forthcoming. And a drive up to Perry Hall is going to happen as well.
But for now, enjoy opening day, enjoy one another, and enjoy yourselves.
Take good care.