When I was a kid, and even still as an adult at times, when I saw a new place or an unfamiliar place, I might be hesitant to try it out. And there’s no basis for any of this. Maybe sometime in my childhood the unfamiliar just didn’t appeal to me, for whatever reason. But when you’re a kid, the new is what’s exciting. Same goes for now. Because everything that we know, like, find comfort in, and enjoy now was once well, strange and unfamiliar.
That comfort level may be too far for some as we settle in our routines, and may choose the path of least resistance. Again that path of least resistance was once… Yep…
I love food and many of us do. It’s a simple pleasure. It bring us joy, brings us together, and brings us satisfaction. Pizza in this case can never be strange. I’m all for trying new foods, new pizzas, and new anything. If there is some reservations in life, those should dissipate. It’s too short, even though it feels long at times. And for all the pizzerias in the world, there’s room for another, and there’s room for everybody.
What am I saying here? Sometimes I don’t know. Sometimes I should relax and take it easy with the questions. Sometimes I should just relax and hang out. Ha.
A while back driving through Essex, MD (right outside Baltimore) I saw a sign for Marco’s Pizza (more about their story, their menu, and locations) and like with most discoveries pizza I welcome a new place, and can add it to the ongoing story that will hopefully go on forever…
I saw from the outside looking in their logo and the shopping center it was located in just a buzz and aura about it. Sometimes it’s the energy we create and sometimes there’s just something there that feels right and tells you when you should come in, and when you should wait. Both have that same feeling.
So after a few weeks of writing about and trying other foods, the time was right. A new place to write about, in a town or city I’ve technically haven’t written about, is always refreshing.
I must have been in the mood for tomatoes because the new menu items that stood out to me were the White Cheezy and the Chicken Florentine. And in this instance I didn’t even look at the ingredients or toppings. I felt for some reason I didn’t need to. It’s similar for when going to the movies, I don’t always read up on the plot. It’s more exciting that way to me.
How funny is it that these two pizzas are so similar, yet just different enough. It’s all relative.
What else is relative is how great they are. Look at that golden crust? There’s an art to this. And a certain amount of minutes, timing, and done with the right energy and spirit is going to make an entree that much better. You could be in a bad mood and make the pizza the same exact way, and it won’t turn out like this. This was magical.
I love how they pile on the cheese with this. It’s cheese on top of cheese, and with that crust, I nearly took the toppings for granted.
The White Cheezy with the three cheese blend, feta cheese, and garlic parmesan sauce can compete with all the great pizzas. And as a stand alone pie needs no toppings. But to throw in bacon, onions, and the perfectly cooked tomatoes is a winner. The irony is the bacon is what stood out the least to me.
With the Grilled Chicken Florentine (which may be an exclusive to their Essex location) you’re essentially substituting the bacon for grilled chicken and spinach. And those piece of chicken taste fresh, taste real, and just taste good. Another recurring theme is that garlic parmesan sauce. Maybe I was in the mood for the tomatoes without the sauce. Maybe it doesn’t matter. It was all great.
The folks behind the counter were busy but never looked panicked. They were friendly and that is symbolic of how the pies turned out. These pizzas are on the higher end of what you might pay. My two small pizzas came out to just under $30. But to pay a little extra for quality never hurt anyone. And it’s a few extra dollars well spent.
I like this place a lot and I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. Based out of Toledo, OH, they’re expanding all over the nation. For our pals in Baltimore, there’s locations in Essex and Pasadena, and a few in Northern Virginia. So while it may be a little bit of a drive, it’s worth your time and a great change of pace.
This was wonderful, and I can’t wait to try their pizzas again. Something unfamiliar is now a friend, and I’m grateful Marco’s Pizza is now a part of my pizza experience. I found them, but in many ways it found me.
Peace Be With You.