I had intended to do a Fells Point related pizza post in conjunction with and leading up to the Fells Point Fun Festival. That was supposed to take place last weekend. The universe had other plans and we’ll see you in two weeks. But the neighborhood posts will keep on coming leading up to the event.
My post from last week was meant to be the revealed on the weekend of the event, but I have adjusted accordingly. I am prepared for the challenge of finding spots that are hopefully informative and do the area justice.
This week brings me to Little Italy Pizzeria, which is right off the heart of Fells Point. That picture I took makes the place seem very authentic right?
Well that’s where it ends. This pizza parlor suffers from the same issues, in my opinion, as Brick Oven Pizza which I wrote about two weeks ago. Up until five years ago I would’ve said this pizza tasted great during the day, at night, by the slice, or a grabbing a whole pie to go. It wasn’t fine craftsmanship but it was guaranteed to be a good pie that would do its job. And sometimes that’s all you’re looking for.
Now the last few times I’ve ordered from them the crust, dough, cheese, sauce, and toppings all seem so lifeless. There’s no feeling behind it. But it serves its purpose. I used to always order a za from here day or night and feel like I’ve enjoyed something tasty. And my interest has waned to the point where this might be the last time I go for a while unless I’m desperate.
I will recap the two slices I got, on my most recent a little over a month ago. I’ll try to find the positives.
You know how when you see pictures of pizza you get hungry and get excited? Even bad pizza will do that to you. However, when looking at these photos I am turned off by them.
There’s barely any cheese or sauce and that’s what I remember tasting. The crust tasted undercooked and a bit soft. Sometimes that’ll work but not here. I do realize I was eating around 8 or 9 pm so the quality may not be as high. But I’ve had the same slice during the afternoon and it was just as mediocre.
The bacon, chicken, and ranch didn’t taste fresh. The toppings seemed boring and just thrown on there. Even bad pizza could be good pizza but this doesn’t apply here. Even bacon which is hard to screw up, either tasted like it was past its sell by date or it wasn’t real bacon. I’d rate both of these below average.
My hunch is that the business is just going through the motions. It can try to please everyone and change the quality of their pies at various times of the day, or just wing it throughout. I suspect they’re doing the latter. I can only assume why the caliber of their pizzas has dwindled.
I remember barely eating half of either and feeling bad I had to throw them in the trash.
The interior is narrow. There’s only a few sets of tables and chairs which is what I do like about it. It’s a grab-and-go kind of place. I’d just use caution on the pizza. Lowered expectations would work here.
More to come.