Full disclosure here: Sauce Pizza & Wine is a long-time favorite, The food is well-crafted and consistent. Fresh, quality ingredients mixed with sincerely friendly and well-trained service makes a visit to Sauce a pleasure. Plus, the wine choices offer a mix of nice wines at nice prices.
So when I was invited to try their new menu items I jumped at the chance. I was also a little wary. Would the new menu items make the grade?
The answer is “Yes!”
We were greeted by Kristen, the General Manager. She gave us the tasting menu which had, not just the new items, but a few of the regular older options.
We ended up trying just about everything on the menu, thanks to Kristen. Our only real choices were the salads and the wine.
For the salads we chose the new Italian Chopped
and the Quinoa, Beet & Arugula.
For the wine, I had the Feudo Zirtari Nero d’avolo and John had the One Hope Cabernet Sauvignon. One Hope donates a portion of their sales to autism causes.
Dinner began with three different bruschetta: the Caprese, the Roasted Portobello & Artichoke and the newbie, the House-Made Meatballs.
There were two of each and Kristen explained that the normal portion is four, which is more than generous because the bread is thickly sliced and the toppings are plentiful.
The Caprese was delicious with a schmear of tasty basil pesto, ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and a healthy drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar.
We also enjoyed the mushroom/artichoke version with goat cheese and roasted red peppers adding layers of flavor and textures.
But the winner was the meatball bruschetta. Sauce’s meatballs have always been great and I’m pretty fussy about my meatballs. These are tender, perfectly seasoned and dressed in the house red sauce. A little bit of basil and thin slices of mozzarella completed the picture.
The salads also won raves. The beets in the quinoa salad were of the golden variety. There were also apples and smooth goat cheese that melted in the mouth. The red wine vinaigrette was the perfect dressing for this mix of ingredients.
The Italian Chopped, a new item, was a meal on to itself – and we just had a half portion. Tossed with a roasted garlic vinaigrette were salami, pepperoni, pepperoncini, smoked mozzarella, Kalamata olives, yellow tomatoes, red onions, cukes, carrots and roasted garbanzos for crunch.
Kristen noted that all the salads are now available in half-portions.
We then munched on the pastas. Both were orecchiette. One had the house red with a meatball on top, the other was the creamy mac n’ cheese. I’d say more about these but I want to talk about the pizzas.
Kristen had the kitchen prepare two split pizzas. That way we could get a chance to try both crusts: the original thin crust and the slightly thicker, definitely chewier crust.
The thin crust had my usual mozzarella, fontina and basil on one side and potato and rosemary on the other. I’ve always wanted to try the potato and rosemary but wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I liked it. The potatoes were thinly sliced and golden brown. What stood out with this pizza though was the judicious use of garlic. The flavor of fresh garlic was there, for sure, but it blended in instead of overpowering the pie. I’ll order it again.
The thick crust pie was divided into the Supreme and the newest pie, Lasagna.
The Supreme is loaded with sausage, pepperoni, crimini mushrooms, red onions and roasted red peppers. It’s a great take on the classic everything pizza.
The Lasagna has everything you’d find in a good baked lasagna, minus the pasta. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The ricotta was a melty and mild which contrasted nicely with the spicy, crisp meatballs. There was also spinach, mushrooms and fresh garlic. Apparently this pie was one of the winners in the customer designed pie contest Sauce held awhile back and was put on the menu permanently by popular demand.
Speaking of contests – Sauce is currently conducting what sounds like a really fun competition. It’s called Show Us Your #awesomesauce Moments. All you have to do is take a photo of one of your awesome moments at Sauce, then tag if @SaucePizzaWine on Instagram and the use #Awesomesauce.
You could win —— Free Pizza for one YEAR!!!!!!!
Visit saucepizzaandwine.com/awesomesauce to learn more.
We had no room for dessert but ordered the Nutella trifle anyway. Like everything else, it was delish.
Next time I’m ordering the pizza cookie though; I love a warm chocolate chip cookie (it had gelato on top).
What a great evening. Thank you Kristen and your staff. We can’t wait to return to Sauce Pizza and Wine.