Actually it’s more than 50. You can’t put a number on this but the Fifty Shades of Red from Vin 909 is a scrumptious and scintillating pie. I could throw all the other superlatives that start with the letter ‘S’and any other letter, but this is one of those overall experiences that will resonate with me for a long time.
You know when you have those Grade A (not I won’t be using a bunch of happy words that start with ‘A’ unless it also happens organically) nights out with awesome food, drinks, company, conversation, and service that it tends to come up often in conversation?
Restaurants are more competitive than ever and many are attempting to stand out and differentiate themselves from the crowd. Vin 909 has done it by the having a welcoming entrance, an approachable and folksy feeling front porch (which is used for outdoor dining when it’s a warmer climate), a cozy waiting area, and even more cozy bar and dining area on the inside.
All this without any food being sampled. One more thing, the many times I’ve driven by I’ve felt an energy emanating from the building and the surrounding area. I equate the visual of the outside as somewhere we go could if we’re checking into Heaven. There’s no religious connotation with what I just said. It’s just meant an an expression, and as an experience.
But I’ll tell you this Eastport Style Pizza was the equivalent of a religious or more I’d say a spiritual experience.
Now I don’t often seek out loads of meat on my pizza. I like grilled chicken as my preferred protein and lots of vegetables. Actually I really like to keep it simple. I like cheese, I like white, I like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, mushroom, and of course pesto.
However, I wasn’t alone for this meal, so a mutually enjoyable pie was needed for this occasion. And I’m all for expanding my horizons and getting out of the comfort zone. But as you can see the pizza menu is loaded with all kinds of creativity and excitement.
I wish I could tell you the best part of this pizza. I truly don’t know. But that crust was jaw droppingly magnificent. Maybe that was the best part. But these toppings are all fresh. No matter how I phrase it words will not do it any justice.
I adore how the cheese melted all over this pie. It gives it a true authenticity that you don’t always see. That doesn’t necessarily mean that other pizzas are any worse. This was just the good stuff.
Even the way the prosciutto, pepperoni, and sopressata is layered on top is art. That’s a lot of red meat. And it may not be for the faint of heart or more of the discriminatory taste, but this was a gem. That basil and paprika is the perfect counter balance with all that heavy meat. I’m glad I got to share this pizza for I only had a few slices.
Did you see those slices? Some were in the standard form and others were more square shaped. I love how that worked out. The presentation right before on the pizza stand makes this all come full circle and completes this mastery of a pie. It’s not just the food and drinks, it’s everything leading up to it. The anticipation, the build, and the payoff are all part of this enjoyable process. And when it’s actually enjoyable, which this was, we’re talking a world class meal of epic proportions.
The wine (more on the wine pictured here) made the pizza that much better and the pizza did the same for the vino. The tea helped settle the stomach, and helped with that full feeling I had when departing.
How else can I say how great this was? I can’t say enough. I’m so partial to Vin 909 and my romance with the restaurant predate me ever setting foot inside. All that’s left is to keep the love affair going.
That means a return engagement when the weather breaks. Actually my intention is to make many visits. And not all will be for the blog. Some memories are meant to be kept internal and some should be shared. But I think this is a place that I want to appreciate without the pressure of writing and taking pictures. Same goes for many others but Vin 909 will always hold a special place in my heart. Oh and being in Annapolis helps!
It’s been a pleasure reminiscing about a meal in three installments (Here is Part 1 and Part 2), and about a place a I was reminiscing about before I even walked into Heavens Gates. Yes I did just say that again.
One thing I forgot to mention is they don’t take reservations. Seating is first come, first serve. Wait times can go past an hour. And you know a place has got some cache if patrons are waiting that long. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.
How do I follow-up next week? Well I’ll do my best. But for now this is one to savor.
If you’re in the area or visiting I highly recommend Vin 909. Here is more about them, their philosophy, contact info, and most of all one of my best friends’ organizations which they support, Anne Arundel County CASA.
I never got the chance to meet Alex Manfredonia, who is the owner and general manager. But in case he does read this, I just wanted to say thank you.