It’s been 10 years since my first Artscape, and I’m in love with this event more than ever. My reasons are the same for me as for many others. There’s the first time we attended this event and it’s novelty, the art we witnessed, the performances, the food, the comradery, the energy, and everything in between.
For a while I felt the local flavor was deteriorating. Apparently I wasn’t alone. There was an outcry for more local food vendors and respective artists from the area. And now for the last two years we’re seeing a renaissance.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to come up with for this be all of festivals, but I sensed something was going to find me. Surely, one of the many great pizzerias and restaurants in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood would offer up some great write-ups. Not yet at least.
As I was alluding to, the local flavor was in full bloom. There were stands for all types of cuisines; whether you were looking for burgers, soul food, Caribbean, vegan, or maybe just a smoothie, it was there for you. I indulged in a few of those eats as well, but this is a pizza discussion and I will stay the course.
This brings me to Pasta La Vista Baby! Yes, with an exclamation point. Now I had seen these guys in random parts of the city for years, and never brought myself to order anything from them. I don’t know if the stars weren’t in alignment or what, but this was long overdue, as long as they had pizza. After perusing the menu after the fact, I’m even more fortunate than I first realized. There’s no pizza listed but lucky enough for the crowd, they had a white w/ spinach on the big board. That’s what I went with.
It’s different and cooked on a nice flat bread, almost pita style. On a hot day like it was, this was necessary. Thicker dough is not going to work in the heat. It’ll bloat you silly, or maybe that’s just me.
The staff working the truck were all smiles. My lunch was during the earliest part of the event so it wasn’t too crowded and I imagine they weren’t overwhelmed. This was a deliberate move on my part. I wanted my food with little wait time.
This was a charmer. For $8 it was a personal joy and a smidgen of a bargain. The only downside was the added ricotta to the side. And ordinarily it wouldn’t be. It was a bit rich for my taste but otherwise this is a great choice. The pizza on its own was enjoyable and pleasing to my sensibilities. Wow did I just say that?
Even for its size, I was able to make two meals out of it. I picked up a delicious burnt taste under the crustand, and flipped it around to see just that. The charred taste really does wonders. So my educated and over-analysis tells me this was grilled? This is a winner. The spinach complemented everything and was the perfect vegetable to go on top (and from within). I’m not sure anything else would. This was well thought out.
If they make other pizzas, I’d love to find them again.
Best of all, here is their story. There’s some soul behind this operation.
For my pals in Baltimore and everywhere else, I’ll leave you with a few images from Artscape. It was transforming. At certain times I felt like I was in another world, yet knowing I was still close to home. I’m not sure these brief pics depict that. But what is telling is for my friends in the city, you may recognize someone in one of these photos. This was not planned, and I had no idea until after I glanced at my pics earlier today. Life is funny like that.
Hope your Summer has been rocking!