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Monday, March 31, 2014

Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing …and pizza too, dammit!

Since 1996 Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing has been a key lynchpin in the revitalization of the Court District while consistenly brewing some of the best beers in town. A recent example of their craft is the Tickled Fancy – a white wine barrel cask conditioned ale. Bright, dry. Exemplary!

Another remarkable product from CABCo – though mostly overlooked in the shadow of nearby Fong’s Pizza [see blog post] – is their tidy thin crust pizzas. Mondays are "Half Price Pizza Nights" from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., which made an ideal opportunity for myself to order a pair.

CABCo’s Margherita pizza starts off with dough brushed with olive oil, then topped with Roma tomato, shallot, basil and mozzarella. The crust is crisp with some appealing chewiness. Diced Roma dominates in flavor and impart a visual meatiness, while mild shallots lend a background savoriness. The basil influences, but doesn't grab top billing. Mozzarella is consistently melted all the while dotted with spots of tasty browning.

The Graziano Italia takes its name from the Graziano’s Italian sausage used on the build. Add to that pepperoni, mozzarella, and a fire-roasted marinara sauce. The end result is mouthwatering with just enough meat and cheese on that delightfully crisp and chewy crust. A simple build, unencumbered with fancy-ass toppings. Its a perfect little pie!

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