I’m not sure what to make of this. I took the title off of the window display of this weeks recap, Piazza 27. Until three days ago I hadn’t heard a thing about it. But you know how thing are, you hear about an entity once, you constantly hear about it as it gains momentum in your head, in your life, and within the universe and atmosphere around you.
But the things I’ve been hearing about Piazza 27 are on the level of life changing, astounding, and out of body, even more so out of this world.
Locals in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore (this is still one of my favorites) have been clamoring for a pizza place with simple New York Style slices to either eat in or carry out. It’s one of those things that I’m proclaiming based on observation and based on the word-of-mouth momentum I alluded to in the previous paragraph. I understand that.
Mt. Vernon is a neighborhood full of character, amazing architecture, great shops, bars, and restaurants of all nationalities and styles, but sometimes you just a simple slice of pizza with little wait time. And this is what Piazza 27 is providing to locals, and students from nearby universities and institutions.
For that and among many other reasons is why I think people love this place so much. It’s a hidden them that’s going to explode, whether it’s because of this blog or not, is another thing. But I’m going to show my support because local business with a good energy, a good aura, and friendly people behind the counter (and they were friendly for sure) is always worthy of attention and admiration. We don’t give enough of it. We can never give enough. It’s just the way it is.
But with that being said, how was the pizza?
I honestly felt influenced by the incredible reviews of this place on their Facebook page and other sites (they don’t have a website yet, which I actually find awesome) that is may have been hard to be practical in my own critiques.
I’ve been guilty in the past of buying into the dogma of a place, and going against my own genuine opinion, because so many other people have lauded the place to the point of annoyance. And the counter to that would be I would find a place less than stellar in comparison to the reviews, because it was either out of spite or because I was sick of hearing about it.
The fact that I’ve already said all this would lend you to believe that my opinion might still not be own but headed towards a confirmation bias one way or another.
Well I’m going to do my best to say how I truly feel, but with the suggestion that you should try this place yourself if you live in and around Baltimore, Mt. Vernon, or plan on visiting.
I purchased 4 slices with the total being only about $13. If you do the math, this is a deal, a bargain, and this will get you two lunches worth at least. Yes I made this into multiple meals. I can’t eat this all at once, that would be crazy, or would it? Hmmm…
The friendly face behind the counter was just that. She could not have been more kind in explaining every slice to me. That’s the stuff that’ll make people keep coming back, and they’ve been coming back alright, or so I heard.
For this final pizza post of 2017, the four slices I purchased were cheese, white with veggie, chicken bacon ranch, and chicken bacon pesto. That last one, I know I know.. It’s different alright.
I want to be honest here. All the slices were really good to great. I completely understand why people are raving about this. The crust, the dough, the sauce, and the way it was heated were great on some slices, and better on the others.
But I also want to understand where folks are coming from. I think if the pizza quality was a tad lower, I sense a lot of people would still be thinking highly of this place. It’s just a thought. There was a lack and this place filled it, but it filled it and then some. The pizza is terrific.
Yet some are calling it the best pizza in Baltimore, the best New York pizza they’ve ever had outside of New York, and some have said it’s the best pizza every. This isn’t hyperbole, reviews are here & here saying similar things. There’s local community sites sharing that same sentiment.
I can’t say it’s the best pizza, but that’s not a fair thing to say anyways. It’s great pizza. The cheese and chicken bacon pesto were the two favorites of mine. And you know you can tell what’s a good pizza place if their cheese slice is good, then it’s going to be the gateway to other tremendous pizzas.
I’ve always loved pesto but this is up there with the best of the best pesto. And how it doesn’t clash with the the bacon is a pleasant surprise.
That’s not to say that the other two slices weren’t great. They were delicious. The white is one of the better whites I’ve had, and the veggies didn’t get in the way like some places might. It complemented the white slice so well you could easily taste the ricotta, garlic, and olive oil.
I got a kick out of walking out of the place with this big to-go box in my hand. Based on how I was feeling and the location, it only seemed fitting.
These slices also tasted like brand new a day later. And that’s the best judge of a place. I think these could last a few days and still taste great. Easy to say about any decent leftover pizza, but there is an aura about this place and these slices.
I’d say definitely go here. There’s something going on alright. Best pizza ever? Not to me, but I’m just one opinion. It’s great pizza at a great price, at what seems to be the ideal location. A few businesses have been unsuccessful since I’ve been in the area, but I think that’s over now. I know that’s over now. We have liftoff.
We have a winner here in Piazza 27, and once they gain even more momentum, all bets are off.
They’ve only been open a month (menu can be found here) but the cat’s been long out of the bag.
I’m going to have to come back here and do a sequel. Something magical is going on here, and I’m even getting a better energy and feeling as I write about it.
Happy New Year, Peace Be With You, and I’ve got to come back here. And soon.