For those outside of the area, if you aren’t familiar with this festival, its massive. Major streets are shutdown and it’s a sea of humanity. It’s really quite the visual.
This pizza establishment, based out of New York, is entrenched in the heart of MICA and the University of Baltimore. Penn Station is nearby as well. Because of the diversity of folks, from locals, students, business travelers, tourists, and passersby, you get a very unique energy when you go inside.
I would like to think that’s usually a positive. But, the last few times I’ve gone it’s been a weird vibration of sort. It could be what I’m seeing or it could be all the moving parts around me. I’d like to think it’s a little of both. It has been uneasy at times.
My most recent visits, have led to 15 minute plus waits for just a couple of slices to be heated up. And it’s with little to any line in front of me, or people waiting for their orders.
However, I have never been the biggest fan of their food. I’ve only had pizza but it as never blown me away. And many times when I wanted a slice, because of the toppings, it would be gone. That’s likely a combination of their popularity and so many people coming in and out getting whatever slice may be available. And that happened to me on the eve of this event, which starts today.
The two I really wanted to get today were unavailable, and there was a 15-20+ minute wait time on the next pie to come out, which is understandable, just frustrating.
The Animal Collective, which is a spinach and artichoke pie, had been decimated way before I got there, from what I was told. I would like to give that a shot sometime.
And the last slice of Cleopatra Jones was taken by the person directly in front of me. It was a bit disheartening but the early or last-minute bird gets the worm.
So with what was available, I ordered the Mr. Pink and because they were low on slices, a regular cheese. You can always judge a place on their cheese.
The cheese nor the Mr. Pink I found enjoyable. I could barely taste any cheese and I am not a fan of their sauce. For the latter, the creole chicken didn’t taste particularly good. It wasn’t fresh. I was in New Orleans for the time first time recently and tasted some wonderful chicken, along with other meats. This wasn’t it. I’m not all of a sudden an expert on southern cooking. I just want it to delicious and feel good eating in the process. These were both very mediocre slices.
And the cornmeal crust is an interesting topic of discussion. Some of my friends love it more than regular dough. I find it very coarse and rough. It feels funny on my tongue and when chewing it. It’s not likely to be an acquired taste. Good crust is good crust. This isn’t it.
I wasn’t able to finish either slice and found myself pining for something else. And the wait for my two slices was again, around 15 minutes.
With this major festival happening, the wait for your slices and pies will likely be much longer. And a few of my peers love it, as might you.
I wanted to post about this because if you’re attending the festa, you may want something other than food truck or outdoor vendor to snack on. Two Boots, with its wonderful storefront signage and charming names for their za’s will be easy to spot. And I wish them a massively successful weekend!
It’s going to be a great for few days for Baltimore and the local businesses nearby. The positives that will come from this will be infinite.
And because they have so many varieties, I will gladly try them again. And I understand how busy they can be, so that may lend itself to rushed cooking jobs. The staff has always been friendly and show a great deal of patience during busy times.
Most important of all, they have a large community presence and that always feels good to read about.
If you head down, see you at Artscape. Enjoy!