You know after last week, I thought my time in Vienna, Virginia was going to be short lived and an eventual return to Baltimore was inevitable. The universe had other plans for me. And that can only mean more pizza from out of the way. And I’m so grateful for another place to discuss, which I otherwise wouldn’t have.
Until last week, I had never heard of Donatos. I wasn’t aware of this growing pizzeria chain, and why it sometimes takes so long to find something so beautiful, or for it to find you, is just one of those things. I wasn’t meant to discover this until now. Who knows what else is out there, but what I do know is this a magical discovery that is another great reminder of how life, and as we approach the holidays, can be so awesome if you let nature and a belief that good things till come, take its course.
Of course I’m talking about pizza, but you can apply this to everything.
What I first loved when first walking in was the decor and the colors of the interior. It had a soothing feeling that can only be described as pizza. I know, this is the expert analysis you come to look for in this blog. Thank you so much and have a blessed day.
All kidding aside, I just had a good feeling about this place before I even walked in. I love the fact that they use provolone cheese as their base. I mean, who doesn’t love mozzarela, it’s the perfect pizza for cheese. It was the cheese that was meant to be married to pizza dough and sauce. But provolone has a distinct taste all its own. And it showed on my two pizza choices.
First, I went with the pepperoni. Maybe it was the sign that enticed me? Wouldn’t it do the same to you? No? Well ok, it did to me… But if I’m going to get cheese, I might as well get a simple topping so I can get several tastes in one. That’s what makes pizza and blends of foods so fun. You never now what you might discover.
But as the sign said, they throw a multitude of pepperoni that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Well you can eat it for one. Not sure what else you can do, except have a little fun with this.
This was a fun pizza. I got this and the second pizza to come, in personal size (at only $6) to sample and to save for later. I like the basic crust and the charming pieces it was cut in. I like their style a lot. It’s a style all their own.
Speaking of all their own, the Hot Chicken was a first for me. This showed ambition and while it was aggressive, it succeeded. I didn’t even realize they threw pepper jack cheese on it. I figured it was more of the provolone. But little did I know. The hot chicken pieces were the highlight. And as I’ve been stating since the beginning of this journey, I always have fun picking off the toppings and eating them by its lonesome. The same goes for the aforementioned pepperoni. It would be a crime not to do this.
The jalapeno peppers and pickles that complement the pie, may be a challenge to eat for some (it was a little for me), it’s a different take on pizza. Essentially a chicken sandwich was put on top of a pie. Some ranch drizzle thrown on top and you think you’re somewhere else.
I’ve grown to like pickles again, or otherwise this might have been more of a chore than a feast. But with all that being said, this was a fun adventure, and I love when pizzerias get creative with how they present their takes on favorites, and then throw in their own select pies to stand out. This one stands out alright. And if their menu tells us anything, they have quite a few stand out pizzas that I would love to try sometime.
But what’s most important is when we approach this time of year, you’ll start seeing more requests for donations to causes near and dear to each and every organization and establishment we come across. I like the gesture. It makes me feel warm. It makes me want to do more. And while I think I can only do so much. A little donation here, a helping hand there is what life is all about.
It wasn’t a forced request. It’s there waiting for your support, and it’s up to us to decide if it’s a cause we believe in, or not. And even if isn’t, it’s always the symbolic gesture that always means the most.
I like that the word Donatos sounds so similar to donate. I don’t think I’m reading too much into that. And I don’t think it’s by accident.
I found my brief visit quite peaceful yet so substantial and spiritually healing. I’m grateful to have been granted the opportunity to discuss and share with you.
We’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving and I could feel the peace and spirit of the holidays at Donatos. I can’t wait to see where I head to next. But for now…
…Peace be with you.