Monday, January 10, 2011

Adventure #36: Bola Pizza

We trekked across Republic Square park, past the one man band, past the cupcake stand, past the unbagged puppy poop . . . on a true pizza adventure. We emerged from the throng to find our destination: a husband, a wife, and a trailer. We had found it - Bola Pizza.

Why downtown? Why at the SFC Farmer's Market? Why at 11am? We'll let their homepage copy do the convincing: "As good or better than just about any pizza you can buy in a 500 mile radius of Austin." - Addie Broyles, Austin American Statesman. How could these pizza adventurers turn away an opportunity to test such a bold pronouncement?

Enough with the rhetorical questions! On with the pizza. We had the Pep Star: Peppadew peppers, Pancetta, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and High Self Esteem. Bola makes a point to emphasize their use of only local ingredients. This doesn't matter much to me (gasp!) What does matter is the tremendous quality of these ingredients, leading to a sum that was a good as the parts indicated. Special praise goes to the pancetta, which was like eating delicious crispy fat, and the sauce, which was simple and effective. The only thing not outstanding on this pie was the crust -- it was merely good.

Best pizza within 500 miles? I'm not convinced. Worth a trip to the farmer's market on Saturday morning? You bet your mule.

- Ian

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