This is a different post than the usual. I’m going to get to the pizza right away, then focus on something of greater magnitude and importance.
This week brings me to the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. In the heart of everything are all the bars and restaurants on Cross Street. And within that is the highly popular, Social Pub & Pie.
I’ve patronized this establishment quite a few times over the past few years, but never actually got to try their pizza. It’s just how things work out I suppose. The everything happens for a reason, and how things will work out, also applies here. More on that after the reviews.
In anticipation of wonderful event coming up this Sunday, October 1st, I thought it was only right to discuss pizzas briefly, and then we’ll focus on something more significant.
I had every intention of making two separate visits, which would mean two pies. I’m pretty good at math right? Well, fortunately for me, and a great gesture by Social, they do half and half pies. Which means I’m going to review for for you today. And this fact can’t be discounted. I’m grateful I got to expand my horizons a little bit.
And I broke down both visits by first doing a tomato based pies, and then the second would be the whites.
First up, the Margherita and the Sausage and Peppers, better known as the Angelo.
That looks pretty doesn’t it? I will say that the thin crust was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting something mega. But then when I figured out these were wood fired pies, I was looking forward to a lighter and flakier crust. And that’s exactly what we got. The Angelo was really good. With the latter having some fantastic sweet sausage that really makes this pie stand out. I was in the mood for a little something different and this fits the bill. The onions and peppers tasted fresh. The Margherita is exactly what you would expect. I wouldn’t say it was anything out of the ordinary, but it was solid.
I love the presentation and it makes for a great visual.
But the whites is where things really went to another level. For visit two, I went with the Spinach and the Onion Crumbled Bleu. The caramelized onions on both were tremendous. I have fondness for them in general and this did not disappoint. The veggies on the spinach were good, but it was the Onion Crumbled Bleu that really stood out. And I give all credit to the addition of Rosemary. Yes there’s bleu cheese crumbles and provolone, and while they add something, the rosemary takes this to another place that I didn’t know existed. If I’ve had rosemary on a pie before I don’t remember. Either that, or just this just blew everything out of the water. I can see where these cheeses, the olive oil, and that powerful rosemary taste can backfire. Not here. This was incredible.
If you could only get one pie here, I’d go with the Onion Crumbled Bleu. And that’s without me trying so many fun looking pies on the menu. Well I can always come back.
Their website is easy to navigate, so pretty much all the information you need is all found on the main page.
But onto something of greater consequence and importance, my dear friend Rebecca is the Executive Director of Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. And her organization will be hosting an event, the Ultimate Tailgate Party at Social Pub & Pie this Sunday (10/1/17) from 9a-12p, where ALL food and liquor sales will be donated to CASA. How awesome is that? How often do you hear of all proceeds going anywhere?
A small percentage is always amazing, but to go above and beyond like this speaks volumes of the management of Social Pub, but also speaks volumes of the people at CASA.
Me and many of our friends have been supporters of CASA, for a number of years, so we know how amazing organizers, the volunteers, the events, and most importantly, the cause is.
I like to think of myself as a friend of CASA. They even gave me a name tag with my name on it that read, ‘Friend of CASA’, on it, so it must be true.
But regardless, with all the events going on this weekend, this one I would highly suggest attending. This will be in the private room on the second floor, so you can enjoy a good time with your friends in a more intimate setting, while still getting excited for any football game you’ll either be attending or watching
A gathering of good friends while supporting a more-than-worthwhile cause is what life is all about. And I’m honored to be a supporter, and honored to be able to write about it here.
Here are your links to know more about Anne Arundel County, CASA, how to volunteer, how to get involved, or to make donation.
Here are my previous CASA related posts for your reading pleasure (here, there, and, everywhere)
Sunday is going to be fun. If you’re in the area, bring your friends, your pals, and anyone else that wants to take part in something beautiful.
We’ll see you then. Peace be with you.