Earlier this year in Larchmont, where I live, a new pizza place called HomeMade Pizza Company opened in one of the many vacant shops in town. Billed as fresh and wholesome, it definitely caught my eye. On my many visits to Red Mango for frozen yogurt across the street, my kids would beg me, saying “when are we going to the new pizza store?” Word started to get around about it and when the buzz came my way, I felt compelled to give it a whirl. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about having to take the pizza home to bake. I also didn’t understand the hype…until I tasted it for myself. Here’s what so special about this pizza: the ingredients (there’s a choice of 45) are truly fresh, right off a farm, and you can taste the difference; they’re also healthy and more exotic than average; and the concoctions are marvelous. You choose your toppings and they make it right before your eyes.
I ordered the Quattro Stagioni with artichokes, wild mushrooms, Kalamata olives, Fontinella cheese and fresh thyme. Hungry yet? I truly felt like I was in Italy, munching on the tastiest pizza ever. It’s not thick crust, it’s not thin either.
My kids loved the Classic Cheese with mushrooms. Hand-tossed dough, ruby red tomato sauce, and creamy part-skim mozzarella.
Other concoctions include the Fresh Herb (with Chevre cheese); the Miesian with Italian Margherita-fresh Roma tomato, roasted garlic, tons of basil and creamy Mozzarella; the Four Cheese with Asiago, Fontinella, Wisconsin Mozzarella, and Ricotta cheeses; Sausage and Carmelized Onion; Spinach Pie; BBQ Chicken; Wild Mushroom; the Georgia with Cumin-scented Santa Fe chicken, of poblano peppers and Ricotta cheese; the B.L.T.; and the Fireside which has Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and aged parmesan. Okay, now you are really hungry, right? Prices range from $10.95 to $15.75 for a medium size to $12.95 to $17.95 for a large size pizza. I personally love their selection of salads to accompany the pizza. The Big Salad, which I purchased for $7.95 included generous portions of artichokes, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, red onion, and sweet bell peppers over a bed of fresh greens. For dessert, they offer homemade cookies that you buy raw and put in the oven and six kinds of natural ice cream.
I actually enjoyed taking the pizza home raw and ready to go into the oven. It’s wrapped very carefully, the plastic comes right off. There are directions on the pizza that tells you exactly how to prepare it. I loved the way my house smelled while it was baking and it was all just very easy.
HomeMade Pizza Company began with Eric Fosse, the founder and CEO of HomeMade Pizza. His dream was to create a new kind of wholesome pizza and an easy way to bring friends and family together around the dinner table. Fosse spent more than two years perfecting the crust in his home kitchen, as well as time abroad studying the fresh eating way of life born out of local European markets.
Chicago-based HomeMade Pizza Company continues its organic growth and success in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and now New York. They just opened their first New Jersey location in Ridgewood this past week.
Now on the Culture Mom, you can enter to win a $40 Gift Card to the Homemade Pizza Company (locations in NY, NJ, Washington and DC, Minneapolis) and you can use the card at any location. Here is how to win:
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