The stars aligned for this one, big time. I’ve been fully engrossed in these blogs for well over a year-and-a-half. The best experiences are the ones that happen organically and unplanned. That fact has been reiterated many times over. But I can’t say it enough. Life can be magical and majestic if you let it. This leads me to what I’ll look back on fondly and say it was one of my favorite experiences, Luna Blu of Annapolis, MD.
Just a day removed from writing this, I found myself in beautiful Downtown Annapolis and got in touch with a dear friend who works in the vicinity. In previous attempts, timing wasn’t in sync and schedules didn’t always match. It’s only because the first encounter was meant to be on this day. You know I have a flair for the dramatics but this story and the build-up has to be told.
We met at her office and after doing the grande tour, we reconvened on where to get food. After a few suggestions on where to eat in her town, she suggested a place where she has had an outstanding working relationship. Yes, the aforesaid Luna. And she mentioned they served pizza. The theme of thoughtfulness is going to permeate throughout this post. She recalled my blog and this was the perfect merging of everyone benefiting from this visit.
I rarely mention names here, mainly for the sake of imagination and letting the experience tell the story itself. But in this case it’s necessary. My dear friends’ name is Rebecca and she runs Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA for short) of Anne Arundel County. In the past she mentioned how generous Luna Blu has been in helping with her events. I’ve lucky to have been a part of several events and seen the multiple bottles of wine and food donated to CASA. It’s a beautiful thing when people help one another. It inspires me to want to do more when I see the height of altruism. I get those warm and fuzzy feelings. And you can never have enough of those.
On this beautiful Summer day this translated into our meal. And I mean from top to bottom. I was introduced briefly to the owner Erin, who was everything Rebecca says she was and more.
With the gorgeous day, the sunny skies, and the positive energy radiating all over, everything else would be gravy. Luckily, we didn’t order gravy. We glanced over the menu and saw they do lunch combos. I would love to do that another time but instead we split the Spinach Salad with Grilled chicken, and the main event, the Chicken Pesto Pizza.
How many times have I sung the praises of pesto over these many months? This may have been the best display of this most magnificent of sauces. And the actual presentation of our za reminded me of large pies I used to get when I was a kid on family outings. I responded like a kid when this yummy goodness came out of the oven and onto our table. The salad and the chicken was delicious. The same authentic pieces of grilled chicken were piled on high on our pie.
Chicken, mushrooms, pesto, ricotta, and mozzarella is a combination for the ages. The pesto and ricotta blended together is a first for me. Maybe I never paid close attention to similar pizza styles I’ve had in the past, but this was art.
This is the New York Style I’m more accustomed to. It wasn’t the typical crunchy NY Style pizza I’ve been getting at many pizzerias lately. This was its own style, its own class, and in a universe all its own. The golden brown that circled the crust was almost too pretty to eat. Fact of the matter is the whole pizza itself was just so stunning. Yes I took a lot of pictures and numerous ones have been posted.
On one of the hottest days of the year thus far, we each barely had a slice. That just meant a couple of days of meals. The way the to go slices were prepped was as pleasant as the original order. Our waitress (who was wonderful by the way) packaged each slice with wax paper in between each. Who does that? That’s the meticulous care you only get from a place that cares. She mentioned they would taste even better reheated. And boy she was right. That’s the true test of a pizza. Does it taste better after the original heating? The answer is an infallible one. Delish!
From the moment leading up to our meet up, the discussion, the walk up, the dining, and the departure was sheer perfection. I love seeing good people succeed and great things happen to great people. This is what’s happening here.
In a not so frequent instance, I will be back in a few month with a further elaboration. The reasons will be obvious come round two. And I’m going to love it. I think you will too. Maybe I’ll try the Wine & Pizza Pairing on Thursday. That wine list looks incredibly tempting. I can’t wait to go back and try a glass or two, heck maybe a bottle.
Cozy and quaint describes the inside perfectly. For a quiet place to dine and to detach from the rest of the world, this is your place. I could go on with the superlatives all day, so I will…And here’s one more for the road! :
This was the perfect Annapolis day. I look forward to many more. I love this town, and love to spend it with awesome people.
More to come on this most inspiring of places.