in Northampton, MA
When they gave out the 'funky' template for
Pizzeria and Cafe
was somewhere near the front of the line. The decor is
the employees are funky, and if we had met Sam himself, we have a
feeling he's... well, you know.
funky is it at Sam's?
Well, when we walked in, a local blues
band's rendition of Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me To Do" was
coming through the loudspeakers. Someone sat down at an
piano and started playing Beethoven's "Für Elise" and they didn't turn
down the speakers. It was that funky.
have to confess that when we visited
Sam's on a drizzly Saturday night
in September, we were hungry. Very hungry. Cary was
hungry he was whining. No
I wasn't. Anyway, our enjoyment of Sam's pizza may
have been somewhat colored by a strong appetite.
navigated between the tables to get to the back counter, which featured
a variety of large round pies with various toppings. We
on a gigantic cheese slice each, and a shared slice of what looked like
a Margherita pizza (but wasn't).
was a comfortably cool evening and we decided to have our pizza at one
of the outdoor tables, so when the slices came out of the big gas-fired
oven, we paid and wound our way back outside quickly so we could dig in
fast. We were hungry, you know.
If you've been around our
site, you know that we generally put the crust first. If the
dough is wrong, it pretty much doesn't matter how good your toppings
are and If you get the dough right, you can put just about anything on
makes a good
dough, and they put just about anything on it. They've got a
repetoire of about 100 different pizzas and they keep twenty or so
going at any given time.
The crust is thin, but not wafer thin, with a noticeable crunch.
It's light, which makes the enormous slices manageable. The
is bready, which we like, and had a sourdough-ish quality that
separated it from the usual New York-style. A good late-night
slice, as long as you're not going right to bed!
The slice that looked like a Margherita (but wasn't) had a
cooked sauce (instead of San Marzano tomatoes) under the fresh
mozzarella and some pieces of fresh tomato, along with big basil
leaves. It was flavorful (although not what we'd expected).
Sort of a hybrid Marinara/Margherita. Maybe we'd
order it again, but with so many different pizzas
choose from, probably not for awhile!
picture's not so good but the pizza was
Whenever we visit
a town we've never been in, there's always the
hope of finding remarkable -- or at least, very good -- pizza.
pizza was perhaps not remarkable, but it was very, very good.
...and our friend
Pam told us that the homemade cannolis are
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