Some time back a couple friends told me that Hudson Street Stackhouse does pizza well. That’s oversimplifying things just a bit But keeping it simple and down-to-earth is what most of us want from our pizza pies. It’s just pizza after all.
And the simplistic nature of their pies is what’ll make me want to come back.
Last Sunday a couple of friends and I wanted somewhere to go to enjoy sports in peace. They wanted soccer and I wanted the Olympics. To say where we walked into originally was a zoo was an understatement. Overcrowded venues have never done anything for me. It brings out the worst in people. So after two minutes of chaos, we took a walk and let fate dictate the rest.
Minutes later we landed at Hudson Street and we were fortunate enough to grab some bar stools, and the rest was history.
Many locals and folks into sports know this is a hockey bar. I’ve been there when this place has been packed to the rafters. Just like the spot we were in minutes before. And I’ve been a part of some of the busy crowds at this bar too. So to see a more mellow environment where my friends and I can have a peaceful conversation and hear one another is always welcome.
Speaking of welcoming, the bartender was just that. And I’ve always liked their food here. But how I overlooked getting a pizza baffles me.
It’s been hot out (no complaints from me), so a thick crust is not going to sit well with many of us. Fortunately, their dough is a yummy flatbread that won’t fill you up too quickly.
I went with their Mediterranean pie, per the bartender’s recommendation, and I’m glad I did. It was the one I was leaning towards.
They use diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce, and what a call. I didn’t even miss it. If it wasn’t specified, I wouldn’t have noticed much of a difference. Whether that’s an indictment of how mediocre some sauces are in places, or that the tomatoes were so amazing, I don’t know. I’d say it’s a bit of both.
This is a vegetable pie that I’m savoring as I reminisce about this experience. I love garlic. And it heightens so many entrees, not just pizzas. This was no exception. And the onions and olives tasted authentic. This whole pizza was authentic. It was a pleasure to share it among friends.
Even the oval shape had an Olympic or sports look to it. I might be reaching but that’s what I was feeling. Well when the Olympics are over they’ll still be cranking out these pies, so I may have to come up with another analogy.
For such little dough, this packs so much power. The melting of the cheese is pure eye candy. There was a lot of soul and positive energy behind this pizza. The slightly burnt edges adds a little more character, and it didn’t need any more. I’m a happy guy.
I’m coming back to write about another pie. And the likelihood will be during that sports season I referenced before.
I’ve been hesitant to move on from Summer. It moves too fast. It all does. But many of us share this same sentiment. I’m loving this season, I’m loving the Sun, and as a bonus I’m loving the Olympics. Many of us are. Enjoy that while you still can. And there’s plenty of time too.
For our friends in Baltimore, if you haven’t been to Hudson Street, I highly recommend it. Here’s some more links (here and here) that’ll help you say yes. And many people know their beer list is a huge draw.
People have asked me about the heavy hitters and sexy names, of pizzas, in the Baltimore area. I would put this in that conversation. I look forward to reviewing another pie of theirs in the coming months.