The joy of this thing comes in finding the pizzerias outside of major cities. And the joy also comes in when I’m not looking too hard for it, or not looking at all.
This brings me to Odenton, MD, which is a town not everyone in Maryland (or outside Maryland) has ever heard of or let alone visited. Until a few years ago I was one of those folks.
But that’s the fun of it, different town, different experiences, and that means finding a hidden gem, pizza or otherwise.
It made me so happy as I was driving towards a nearby neighborhood in the area when I saw decorative signs for something. I had to look closer and even closer, and to my pleasure it was for the newest pizza place in town, Angelina’s.
Just the thought out of that alone made me so happy. I have a log of things to write about, and I’m glad to keep certain places on the back burner for now. They didn’t fit write just yet. While a place that has been barely opened a month certainly fits perfectly.
The space is massive. I have no idea what was in this space (if there was another restaurant) and in this instance it doesn’t truly matter. What matters is what was going on at the time.
But back to the space. There’s plenty of picture frames on the wall from all walks of life. There was Italian music playing as soon as I walked in. I think I heard an Andrea Bocelli song once or twice. No complaints there.
And the dining room with their beautiful chandeliers on one end was gorgeous. It’s a great setting for a dinner party with pals.
There were plenty of slices to choose from. All averaging around $3-$4.
Because I’m hardly ever in the area, and the newness of the place, I wanted to recap more than just my standard two slices. This time we have four. And as I write you’ll understand that I didn’t finish everything all at once, or at a later time.
I loved how the white and the caprese looked so bright and so inviting. I just had to try these two first. But neither one translated into quality slices. The crust was fine but had a flatter kind of crunch than what I would prefer. And the cheese seemed to be missing something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the quality of the cheese, the crust, and the toppings on both just missed that wow factor. It wasn’t close to that. I would call it decent but not much else. After picking at both slices, I didn’t finish half of either.
That’s because I was saving for a couple more to go.
For the road, I went with the cheese and buffalo chicken. And while my expectations were lowered I didn’t discount how good either of these could be. I love the look of breaded buffalo chicken on a pizza, or anywhere. But unfortunately the chicken tasted dry and flat. The celery and sauce were fine but the chicken took away from the rest of the pie. The crust was once again decent, but it felt under cooked as the previous two slices.
But we know the truth. You have to judge a place by the cheese, and the cheese alone. So after feeling a bit dismayed at my previous endeavors, the cheese was tremendous.
Even at first glimpse it seems a little more care was put into this pie versus the others. The sauce was better, the crust was eons better than the others, but the cheese reminded me of the great slices I’ve had in a while. This isn’t the greatest cheese I’ve ever had but I’ll be thinking about this for a while. I’m thinking about it now.
If I’m back I will try some more. If you’re in the area I would suggest giving them a try and finding out for yourself. Local and family business is always the best. And I have to say it again, their cheese was fantastic.
Man that was cheese was good.