I honestly don’t know what to say. Columbia, MD has always been an intriguing topic of discussion with my friends. Actually I tend to be the one that brings it up. I’m softy for the area. Some of my friends don’t care for it for the same reasons I adore it. It’s been deemed to safe, too happy, and too transparent. Well it may be all of those things to some and some (or many) may be fine with that. I see the good but understand why others see the negatives.
As we approach the town’s 50th birthday (which I didn’t know about until doing research), I thought it would be cool to do another write-up (here’s my original) about one of the the best places to live in the states. And based on this intro, it almost makes complete sense to write about the local Whole Foods.
Yes they have pizza, something which not every store has. They also have one of the most incredible views you’ll ever see from a grocery store, like the one you see above. But how was the pizza? In short, I’ve had much better. I’m also looking at this from a standpoint of this being a supermarket. That doesn’t mean I’m lowering my standards. It means I still expect it to be on par with the better pizzas we’ll have at a restaurant or at home. It should still taste good.
There was a lot of confusion with what their pizza is. Is it Artisanal, Neapolitan, Wood Fired, Brick Oven, or all of the above? That first word, artisanal, is used so much and by everybody, I’m not sure how much value it has anymore. This has nothing to do with Whole Foods, but everywhere.
I went with the Grilled Shrimp Pizza (which was the weekly special) and the White. Neither blew me away nor was either one terrible.
The shrimp looked mightily impressive but something just didn’t add up. I think as whole these ingredients didn’t work well together. I love feta, shrimp, tomatoes, and red onions. And I imagine if this was prepared in a different fashion or with a different energy (but with the exact ingredients and dough) that this would work to near perfection. Maybe feta on top of mozzarella is a clash of two cheeses. It may not work.
However, even when I picked off the shrimp, it didn’t taste like I had hoped. The sauce may have tarnished the shrimp and everything else. These ingredients don’t work with their tomato sauce. The crust wasn’t anything special either. This pizza was ok but this was an opportunity lost.
The white was a little better but not anything special. It was kind of just there. And I’m honestly surprised. I thought this would be simple yet delicious, and I wasn’t wowed by it. Both slices were ok to eat but not out-of-this-world. And I didn’t finish either.
I can’t complain on the prices though. For a place that charges a lot of for their groceries, salad bar, and hot bar, etc., getting two slices for $6 is a bargain anywhere.
I just wished what I ate would have been one to write home about, as opposed to expressing my disappointment. This won’t deter me from trying some more in the future. As you can see, they have an assortment of slices and I’m certain there’s a few that will be praised in a post here down the line.
But these views from the outside dining area are worth coming back for alone. This is one of the newer additions in town, and one of the more visually pleasing parts of town. That storefront is quite welcoming. It draws me in more time than not when I’m visiting. I haven’t done many repeats, yet I’ve teased doing some down the line. This has been added to that list.
So as I’ve said before, this is just the beginning…