It just might be, because when I mention Giolitti Fine Italian Market & Delicatessen (here is their lunch menu, their dinner menu, more about them, and contact information) to friends who live, work, or spend time in the area, either they haven’t heard of it, or didn’t realize they make pizza. I was one of them.
I found this place by accident. But I don’t believe in accidents, or any of that. No such thing.
The charm of most Italian markets is at least from my experience, they were built way before what we have today. They were both chains, box stores, and all these corporate entities we see today.
For over 25 years Giolitti’s has been serving the Annapolis community, and has sustained a loyal following (for those who know about it, and plenty do for the others that don’t…), that these chains would envy.
I discovered this place actually heading to one of these more well known stores, but knowing how important it is to support local, and at worst window shop and browse, I wanted to see this for myself. And how beautiful it is…
Along with a plethora of great wines for purchase, a charming ambiance, friendly staff, and an overall good energy, is just some of the many reasons why this place is thriving, and boy it is it thriving. On this particular day, the place was packed.
On a recent search for pizza in the area, I was getting the sense that I was running out of new options (My love for Annapolis all around can be found here.) but the universe and a little searching has its benefits. The truth is, I will never run out of places to talk about. And in the chance that I do, I can always revisit, as more than enough time has passed on some of my favorite pizzerias and places in general. I will revisit several in time, but first things first.
How about the pies?
I’ll admit that I’ve been spoiled by Italian delis and markets food and pizza in general. My standards and bar has been raised. I have expectations now. I want the best. But good and great is well, sometimes good and great enough.
I adore Neopolitan style pizza, and I’ve had it probably more times than I realized. One of many things not to take for granted.
I went with their simple cheese and made it half pepperoni, and then the Giolitti’s Special which is Prosciutto, Arugula, and Gorgonzola. On the latter the substituted spinach since they were out of arugula, and I’ll have more to say on that in mere moments.
The cheese and pepperoni is just good pizza. No, it’s not the best I’ve ever had, but that crust, that dough, the way it was heated brought me such joy and comfort. Joy and comfort is good. The greasy style of cheese and pepperoni has that feeling of many pizzas shared with family when I was kid, in present times, and hopefully in the future. This is a great slice and great pie, the more I think about it.
The Giolitti’s Special is something I must have again. I think the arugula would have made this so much better. I have to be honest here. I like spinach and it doesn’t take away from the pie, but I don’t know if it adds anything. I actually found the pie with just the prosciutto and Gorgonzola to be just fine. But it’s one of those, I can’t wait to try this again at full strength kind of things.
But there’s no need to quibble and no need to complain. This is a great place, was a great experience, and the pizza is definitely worth it. And quite affordable too.
Local business always has a special place in my heart, and so does Annapolis. That combination is why I will be back time and time again, to try many of their other foods, grab bottle of vino, and maybe have a pie or two again to share with friends.
This is a place to share with friends, family, and anyone that brings you joy. This place brings me joy, Annapolis brings me joy, and I love this market and our state capital so much.
More next week? Hmmm..
Peace be with you.