...the only type of marathon I will ever run.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Food 5K

Food marathons require planning, time and energy. Just because all three aren't readily available doesn't mean you're stuck eating at one boring restaurant. The Food 5K is a mini marathon, only covering two restaurants, but allowing for a wide variety of new food experience. We did a Pizza 5K recently, trying both new pizza places on La Cienega:
Vito's Pizza
It's not as good as Mulberry. That's basically all I have to say, as everyone knows LA doesn't have good pizza. Yes, Mozza is good but it's different. Thin crust New York Style pizza just doesn't exist here (I haven't tried Casa Bianca yet). The closest thing is Mulberry Street Pizza in Beverly Hills.
The Margherita is simple with tomato, basil and mozzarella. The Garibaldi is a margherita pizza with meatballs, fresh tomatoes and jalapenos.
Stone Fire Pizza
From the people that brought you The Belmont and Spanish Kitchen. Geared towards a drinking crowd, Stone Fire Pizza has an extensive menu of drinks, snacks, pizza and desserts. Sports plays on the flat screens positioned above booths on the large patio. We were the only customers at 1pm on a sunny summer Saturday. The menu suggests beer and pizza pairings so I started at the top with the Blue Moon and arugula and prosciutto pizza. The beer was ice cold and, as it's a wheat beer, went down perfectly on the warm day. The pizza was difficult to eat, with the tough prosciutto pulling the entire pizza apart on the first bite. It was very tasty, however, with a flour-dusted crust and fresh arugula.The Food 5K and 10K are part of the training regimen for a dedicated food marathoner. They also supplement well when schedules don't permit a full marathon.


At 12:54 PM, Blogger furry_feline said...

Mulberry's Pizza is actually not bad, a little expensive but isn't all pizza, especially Mozza.

How much pizza is involved for Pizza 5K??

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Food Marathon said...

Papa John's has cheap pizza, but you get what you pay for. A Pizza 5K could be as simple as two slices from two different pizzerias.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Personally, I'm glad to have Vito's in the neighborhood, especially if they eventually start staying open as late as advertised (that's twice now I've stopped by for a late night snack and been left standing in an empty strip mall parking lot).

Mulberry's used to be my jam, but I always felt they went way too light on the cheese.

Have you tried Albano's on Melrose? The quality has been a little up and down lately (when I've gone), but when they get it right (which is more often than not), it's the closest thing in LA that I've found to Joe's Pizza in the West Village.

P.S. Good seeing you & Rob again on the 4th.

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Food Marathon said...

I'll give Vito's another shot next time I order delivery.
I was not impressed with Albanos the one time i had it, but it was delivery on a Sunday afternoon, which might have been a bad time to try it.
Good to see you too. We'll have to go it again before the summer ends.


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