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Double-Decker, Double the Fun

We have some great gourmet pizza shops in this area with gourmet toppings, flatbreads, and the like.  But sometimes we just need good old-fashioned traditional take-out pizza.  We’d tried a few spots – one was too greasy, one just kind of bland.

Then we tried Angelina’s, with several locations in MA (we tried the Salisbury location for take-out).  Intrigued by something called the double-decker, I went ahead and ordered it without a question.  I was impressed when my husband brought it home and I discovered it was essentially a pizza within a pizza!  The lower crust is wrapped around the upper crust at the edges so that it all holds together beautifully.  You may think it’s just two pieces of pizza on top of one another, but there’s something about the layers of flavor and the thickness of it, all baked together – it’s like pizza lasagne – repeated layers of tasty ingredients.  Of course, eating one piece of a double-decker is like eating two standard pieces, so I filled up more quickly, but I think that at about $16 for a one-topping double-decker this also makes it a great value since it’s the equivalent of two large pizzas in one.

The traditional one-layer pizza at Angelina’s is also great.  We went with eggplant and feta.  The eggplant is lightly breaded for a bit of crunch.  Their sauce is tasty, the cheese is good…it’s comfort food at its best.  We’ll be trying the Angelina’s subs and other offerings soon, so stay tuned!

 

Fun Times at the Flatbread Company

I was first introduced to the Flatbread Company by my friend Mary when I was living in Maine.  I didn’t know that many people in the area when I move to Maine, and I certainly didn’t know where to go for good food on the cheap.  Mary took me to the Flatbreads in Portland and I still remember the pizza I had, even though it’s been about seven years.  It was wonderful – the crust was thin, but not cracker-like, with a bit of heft and chew to it, and everything was natural and fresh, with many organic ingredients incorporated.  My pizza had potatoes, cheese, and herbs.  It was one of the specials that night, and it was fantastic.  iI keep hoping to see a similar one on special again, but no such luck yet!)

I’ve since been to several other Flatbread locations – Portsmouth, NH, Amesbury, MA, and Bedford, MA.  They’re all great, and despite being a chain (most locales are in New England), each location has its own personality.  Part of this may be due to Flatbread’s commitment to staying involved with their communities and using local, organic ingredients whenever possible.  Each location posts a listing of several ingredients and where they are sourced from, making Flatbread a localvore’s dream restaurant.  The atmosphere is casual and family-friendly and the service is always great – I’ve never had bad service at a Flatbread location.  The servers always seem happy to be there.  Each restaurant has a brick oven that’s visible from the eating areas, so you can watch the cooks baking the pizzas (kids especially love this aspect).

The menu at Flatbreads is a bit limited – they know what they do well, and they stick to it.  You won’t find much on the menu other than flatbread pizzas and salads, but you won’t want for anything more.  They also have great drinks and beverages, though, and they change a bit with the seasons – they often have lemonade in the summer and warm cider in the fall, for example.  The list of beers on tap is also great – I had a great Peak Organic Ale on my last trip.

Flatbreads typically has a vegetable and a meat-based special flatbread every night.  I typically order the vegetable special, but we did create our own pizza on our last visit with portobella mushrooms, caramelized onions and Great Hill Blue Cheese.  It was fabulous as always – their flatbreads satisfy a pizza craving without making you feel weighed down.  You can’t beat good, affordable, healthy pizza!