favorites of lately: may 2015

in-n-out dip
5. repurposed in-n-out milkshakes: fries here have no real mojo until dipped into the ultimate have-it-all shake, the neapolitan.
saiko sushi
4. saiko sushi: building off the Coronado OG success, the new North Park location is throwing down some baller moves with high quality fish and a no-nonsense sake list.
negroni trials
3. negroni trials: things are getting heated as Jason switches the variable from sweet vermouth to gin. results due in this summer.
lunch dates
2. lunch dates: the hunt for the right wedding venue requires immediate reflection and sustenance. happily, the search has resulted in a series of indulgences at some of san diego’s prime lunch locales.
sharing with jack
1. sharing with my nephew: as this little munchkin readies his palette for the great big world of food, he inhales small bites from all plates brought to the table. keeping up with his quickdraw snatching abilities requires a thorough scattering of goodies while he lacks the ability to eat with efficiency.
BONUS:
wine of the month
wine favorite: Gosset – Grande Réserve, Brut Champagne NV. creamy and indulgent with apple and caramel aromas to emphasizes the richness of the style. to be paired with anything from butter noodles to caviar.
urbn pizza of the month
pizza favorite: URBN pepperoni, arugula & roasted garlic pie: eating pizza in the company of strangers requires the discipline of a Pai-Mei pupil so as to not eat into other people’s portions. i think i reached a new level of serenity during polite conversation over this pie.
kill bill 2
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Pizzeria Luigi & Temecula Zinfandel

Let’s begin the great 2015 San Diego pizza adventure with the basics: pepperoni pizza from Pizzeria Luigi, a no-fuss pizzeria often listed by locals as a favorite, paired with 2009 Reserve Primitivo from Wiens Cellars of nearby Temecula Valley. The bottle was a gift from a fellow sommelier with the sole stipulation that it could only be opened with pizza by its side. So be it.

altogether luigi and weins

Though its origins have been genetically tracked back to Croatia, Primitivo is the Italian name for the varietal we know better as Zinfandel. With this nominal borrowing, it’s not surprising to find some stylistic leanings towards the more acid-driven wines of Italy. Acid in wine is a great accompaniment to most food, especially foods high in acid themselves like tomato-based cuisine. The acidity in this Primitivo is balanced enough to stand up to hearty pizza sauce while the tannins, textured and dusty, are a perfect complement to rich cheese. Though somewhat leaner than the ass-kicking abv levels of 16% found elsewhere in California, this Zinfandel is thoroughly New World in style, driven by ripe fruit aromas and a full body. The generous heaps of dark raspberry and blackberry fruit provide a lovely, uncomplicated counterpart to every saucy bite of pizza.

It’s easy to get smitten over an abundance of sauce on a pizza, especially thin-crust, since it’s so rare to find naturally in the wild. The chewy crust holds up well under the weight of the bright, herbaceous tomato sauce so generously spread on while the pepperoni slices supply a faint but distinct spiciness. Any lengthy focus on minute details beyond this would only take away from the experience. Like the wine, this pie isn’t built for complexity. Pizzeria Luigi supplies straightforward New York style pizza relying on classic flavors without being overly complicated, which is perfect for an indulgent night of Parks & Rec in sweatpants.