You know, the first time I set food into R. House in the up-and-coming (eek!) Remington neighborhood in Baltimore, I thought was wonderful. On the outside looking it, I could see why people could sense stuffy, hipster, unapproachable, and uninviting. Now everyone has an opinion, and I wouldn’t question why folks would think that way. I imagine that I might have thought that way too, initially.
But no, I’ve had fantastic culinary experiences, with friends or on my own, at stall that myself and many others would never had a chance to feast on. I’m writing this on Thanksgiving Day, so I’m feeling a little more thankful than usual. R. House is a place to be thankful for…
However, for months, people were asking where is the pizza?
You have food from all over the globe, yet no pizza. I was asking too. I wanted something a little different to write about. I had a feeling something special was coming…
…And I was right…
Molina Pizze & Polpette,which has been barely open a month, is the perfect complement to everything else in the R. House family, or space if you will. It feels like a family of establishments that all work together to serve us some awesome eats and something out of the ordinary.
I’ll save the other places I’ve dined at for another time, or maybe never haha.. But I will review all five of the pizzas they’re serving as of this write up.
Molina is New Haven style, (which I wrote about once before, you can find that post here) which is one of those acquired tastes if you believe in acquired tastes. I do to an extent.
This was done over two visits, and the results were different, but not in the way you would think. I’ll just say a few of the pizzas stood out above the others, but everything was good to great. I may lump a few of these slices together, but here goes.
Visit #1 :
First, and of course, is the Raz. This is their cheese, and for this and the next slice is the crunchier style I would have expected. The cheese pizza itself was fantastic. The basil, for its appearance and its flavor, put this one over significantly. Great pizza.
The Terra is their vegan pie. I forgot that the pesto was lemon basil. Basil is great isn’t it? I could have had this pesto on a piece of bread all by its lonesome and would have been happy. Sounds like a great idea. The veggies all tasted so fresh and blended with this pie so well. And I love when places throw on that arugula that you can’t see anything else. The cashew ricotta is as incredible as it sounds. Oh my goodness right? The texture, the look, and everything. This is not a pie for everyone, but it’s a pie for everyone.
The most recent visit made had the exactly comforting crust, that you may find traditionally at other pizzerias. But why complain? It’s ‘officially’ the holidays and we’re going to be eating this kind of bread, dough, and crust frequently if you’re headed to a party (or ten+) near you.
The Calabria is a slight deviation from the Raz, but with protein, and mmm Chili Oil? Is that was that distinct taste was?
The prosciutto on the Parma made this one fun too. If it wasn’t for that the arugula would take over everything. Did I mention how much I love that? And I love how they’re using lemon as a topping. Here they use lemon juice.
My favorite (which could change instantaneously) is the Henrietta. It contains some of my most valued vegetables. I adore spinach, mushrooms and that gorgonzola is a trifecta of tremendous proportions. And having shallots on a pizza can be a challenge. It can backfire, but not here. Again, I’ve had balsamic glaze on a pie which lead to overkill and be too runny or unnatural. This was natural.
Have I touted this place enough?
Even if you’re not into pizza, they have other things on their menu, which I would love to try sometime. The prices may put off some, but I think they’re justified.
I like what Molina is all about. Actually I love what they’re all about.
Their story and team information can be found on the main page, and it’s a charmer.
And here is their contact information.
Finally, for more on R. House, click here.
I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving with dear family and friends, that you hold closest to you. I feel like Molina is a place I’ll hold close to me now.
Have a good one and peace be with you.