Watching Eat Pray Love on the big screen made me want to run home and re-read the book. If you’re like me, you might have found that it didn’t fill you up in the inspirational way that Elizabeth Gilbert’s book did and, if anything, left you hungry for cheesy, carby pizzas. Since flying to Italy can get pricey, I have discovered a solution that’s the next best thing: a trip to Gialina in the City.
A favorite of my friends Preethi and Birt, Gialina offers a menu of fresh salads and distinctly topped thin-crust pizzas. While not a usual fan of thin-crust, I remembered the loving way they had talked about this pizza, the way their eyes had lit up when they described it, and I decided I, too, wanted to feel its warmth and comfort. Taking Preethi’s advice to order two pies (for leftovers the next day), we had an heirloom tomato, arugula, bacon and pesto pie and the Butterball which was topped with potatoes, bacon and gorgonzola. They were extraordinary. (And surprisingly filling.) The crust was perfect and the bacon was baked into the heirloom tomato pizza lending a subtle crunch. One pizza would have done the job quite nicely, but thank goodness we took Preethi’s advice. The leftovers the next day were so good.