Well it’s innovative to me. The Italian Market of Annapolis is one of those venues that’s going to need a few visits to fully appreciate and grasp everything that’s going on.
Because it feels like a stadium or an arena from the outside. And I almost felt intimated walking in. But I made myself feel intimidated. No one else made feel that way or can make me feel that way.
If I told you I drove by numerous times and wanted to go in, that would be a mix of an understatements and also exaggerations. Sometimes you just don’t notice what’s hiding in plain sight. For many things it’ll always be that way. But with the Italian Market (here’s their menu, their contact info, upcoming wine tastings, and their extensive selection of cheese and pastas) that’s over and done with. I’m a fan and it’s going to make multiple visits to fully appreciate what’s going on.
I came specifically for the pizza this time, not realizing that this coliseum like vibration was inside. There’s a waterfall in the middle of this place. I would have presented a picture but there were so many people around that it wasn’t possible. I had no preconceived notions about this place. I liked the idea of going in with no idea what’s going on, the crowd, the busy times, or what’s on the inside.
Don’t judge a book by its cover or anything else. Not yet at least.
I’m glad I got there when I did. It was almost the nick of time as the line was growing by the doorway, and there were barely any seats in the house. People were (hopefully patiently) waiting for their food taking upwards of 20-30 minutes. That’s what I overheard at least. I’m going to safely assume it was worth the wait.
The pizza was getting decimated and serendipitously I was able to grab a cheese, pepperoni, white vegetable, and meat lovers to go. I got 2-3 meals out of this, so I took time to savor, reheat when needed, and appreciate my food on a much more patient and deeper level.
And on that note, while I waited, I was in awe of their wine selection, along with their cheese, pastas, and various other grocery items. There were parts of the store I likely never got to explore and one short visit is not going to be enough. This is going to be an experiment in something amazing.
Apparently I’m the last person to find out about this place, as it seemed all of Annapolis (pizza history lesson here) was there (well it was lunch time), but this was a madhouse and chaos in the most beautiful of fashions. Maybe it’s my perception but people seemed pretty excited and elated to be there. I know I was. I hope recurring visits would bring about that kid in a candy store feeling. I’m leaning towards yes.
The pizza is good to great. Again, for how crazy it was tasty, crisp and didn’t feel like it was rushed or reheated poorly. Surprisingly, the meat lovers was my favorite of the four. I could say I was in a good or something just felt right about it. By default, the cheese is also solid. It’s a good balance of everything. And the white vegetable was also a winner.
Again like last week, not life changing or knock your socks off, but just really good pizza. I imagine whole pies would even taste that much better. I believe my four slices were only $12 and change, which seems like a bargain to me. I know a whole pie may have run me the same, but that’s for next time. There will be plenty of next times.
If you haven’d had the opportunity, I highly recommend a visit, even if just to get a bottle of wine to go. It’s all so beautiful.
The interior is immaculate and has a charm all its own. I look forward to many visits down the line.
Thanks so much. Have a great weekend, and peace be with you.