It’s not like I’ve been looking for the perfect time to write about DiPasquale’s, but this might be it anyways.
I love this place so much. A lot of Highlandtown (and Baltimore in general) locals come here on a more-than-regular basis and still think they don’t go in enough.
The aura and energy is second-to-none. I always love walking in here and checking out their wines, their market & deli, and just appreciating their history altogether.
100 years plus in they’re still going strong and are as popular as ever. They know what they’re doing. And the staff has always been so welcoming and approachable during every visit I’ve made.
Honestly, I don’t go enough. I try to go at least once or twice a month and I don’t always succeed. Folks such as myself live for their subs. Some for their pasta. Now I and many others may be pining for their pizza. I am in love.
For the longest time I didn’t even know they served Brick Oven Pizzas. How foolish of me. I doubt doing a blog would have led me to find out. I’m sure I’ve known about their pies for over a year or have I?
The two pies I will present to you may have some similarities and a familiar look to them. Tis’ the season, so by happenstance or not, the colors are apropos.
Back in July of this year I ordered the Constantino. This is magical. This pie was heated to perfection. Just look at the precision amount of burn on the dough. The mozzarella cheese is some of the best I’ve ever had. I love spinach and tomatoes so this is all just making my day. And the fresh grilled chicken pieces thrown on top make this a sure-fire winner.
Needless to say this pie never had a chance. I devoured this in minutes. I may sound like a fat pig but this was glorious, outstanding, and resonating. I’m salivating for one as I expound on this for you now. Notice the colors of shade of the pie? Was this a little foreshadowing of the holidays. Can I be that clever? Maybe.
I only wish I took my time and savored it more. Great pizza is meant to be eaten slow and appreciated. I do appreciate this pie but I’ll be a bit more leisurely the next time.
And speaking of next time, my second purchase took place yesterday. I went with the Giardino.
Once again the dough and cheese were magnificent. I was excited to know what vegetable would go on top, as the menu leaves it open-ended.
To my pleasant surprise, I got a Christmas looking pie. The red and greens looked so beautiful. This was a visual I’m grateful to have captured.
The pizza was good but not like the aforementioned Constantino.
I love eggplant but maybe it didn’t fit my palate. I love asparagus, red peppers, and spinach as well. As individual veggies I loved pulling the pieces off and noshing on them on their own. For me, as a pie the flavors may have gotten lost in the shuffle.
And I had no problem finishing it but it wasn’t up to the level of the previous choice. I know some people love it and will continue to. Maybe my expectations were very high.
This only means I need to keep coming back and on a significantly regular basis. I want more pizza pies! I love this place and I love everything about it. There’s a history and authenticity that you don’t get with the newer shops, the chains, and the box restaurants. I’ll support local establishments like this as much as I can. They deserve the business.
And speaking of supporting local, the timing of this post is no accident.
The Holidays In Highlandtown kick-off celebration takes place today. I will be attending and hope to see you there.
It’s a neighborhood I’ve fallen in love with much more recently. There’s so much character and so much soul that I can’t help but be drawn to it.
Look forward to seeing ya.
Happy Holiday Season!