This whole thing about neighborhoods, cities, and major metropolitan areas evolving is something that’s there. It exists. And we can look at it as, it is what it is and there’s nothing we can do about it; or it is what it is and we must adapt. Can’t say either scenario is mutually exclusive if you see what I’m saying.
It is what… Oh wait…
The Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore is going through those changes, whether it’s for the better or something else is all based on interpretation, how long one has lived or spent time there, and just making observations of what’s going on in the world. It might be bittersweet, but hopefully can be embraced somewhat, and the historic parts can all preserved in spite of everything else. Or in spite of, aha!
While I recently wrote about one amazing new pizza place in the area, I go in a similar, yet different direction with what I write about now.
If you recognize the location, then yes, it was the old Little Italy Pizzeria, which was a mainstay for so many years and a stop for folks in the neighborhood and visitors, to grab a slice, a pie, and many other standard carry out items, day or night. Yes they stayed opened past last call.
While no longer staying that late, Good Burger & Pizza does stay open into midnight on the weekends. It’s just one of those things that echoes a change in the neighborhood. It may not be that big of a detail, but it’s something I sense.
What I honestly didn’t sense is a pizza that would be so good and at such a reasonable price.
I was happy to see a large square pizza for only $11. And what you get for that is the equivalent of 5-6 meals. Seriously, it’s fantastic. And I ordered a half cheese and half pepperoni to share with friends.
And shared with friends I did…
I brought this to a holiday gathering a few months ago, and it didn’t disappoint. This is greasy goodness at its finest. This is not going to win any championships or awards, but this is a grower and on the lines of pure comfort food.
That crust is cooked perfectly and the amount of cheese and toppings placed from above is all most people want from a pizza. When you’re not worried about details, or even if you are, this is a pie that’s going to sell you without having to sell anything. It sells itself.
And I really think the square slices are a nice touch. Yes I know that’s no an original concept, (this place may claim that title, read about it here), but it’s their take and they did a tremendous job. I must admit, I didn’t have high expectations, and it’s not that they were low whatsoever, I went in with an open mind and I feel good about the results.
It feels like a carry out spot that belongs in the neighborhood and has the aura of a place that’s been around for a long time. And that’s the good vibes you get from a local business.
So while many local businesses are closing its doors, changing hands, and just moving on; it’s good to see many others thriving. This is so important to the integrity, backbone, and character of not just this neighborhood, but many.
I look forward to writing about many more small, independent, and local businesses to come.
Have a Happy Holiday Weekend!