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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Chowdown in Cowtown - Part 2

Saturday morning was not good. Not only had the Knuckleheads blown a lead at home against Columbus, but we were all nursing prairie sized hangovers. Several bottles littered the kitchen counter, including a Beaucastle Chateauneuf-de-Pape, which I trust we enjoyed earlier rather than later! Unfortunately, according the Parm and Janine, the best cure for a Calgary hangover was shopping therapy in the Kensington district.

We started at Mike's place of work: Kensington Wine Market. A really top notch store ... the beer selection alone is worth the visit. The condition I was in that morning however made sampling an impossibility, and purchasing unlikely. Okay ... I did manage to bring home a couple bottles of single malt, but nothing else. If you're in the area, check it out.

A couple furniture stores and an "accessory" shop or two later we felt up to lunch. Parm had pre-selected Pulcinella, home to "authentic Napoletana pizza." The subject of pizza is oft discussed amongst my dining friends, most often as to how much it sucks in Vancouver. The site and smell of a real wood burning oven in Pulcinella gave me real hope for a rare treat.

We started with Fungi Fritti ... deep fried oyster mushrooms with a Gorgonzola cream sauce. This would prove to be the best dish of the trip for me. At first, the mushrooms seemed tough and lacking of flavour. But soon it became apparent I couldn't stop eat it! The cream sauce added another depth of flavour to the mushrooms, and seemed to soften some of the tougher bits.

Napoletana pizza, to me, is all about the crust. Sauce is equally important, but the crust takes centre stage. Pulcinella nailed the crust ... nicely chewy with a little bit of char.

However, the toppings fell far short of what they could have been. We ordered the Quatro Stagioni (Four Seasons) and were treated to canned mushrooms and processed ham. Spring and summer were just fine ... nice buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil and artichokes. But canned mushrooms? Especially when they have oyster mushrooms in the kitchen! So close ...

Dessert? Why not? It's not like we were dieting or anything. I just may have discovered an equal to the Hamilton Street Grill's Gingerbread Pudding ... the Pulcinella Tiramisu. Their take on this classic dessert involves panatone rather than ladyfinger cookies. Awesome!

A little bit of prosciutto and some nice mushrooms on that pizza would go a long way to pushing this place over the top.

1 comment:

  1. That is a long way to go to get something that might only be nearly as good as the HSG's gingerbread pudding.

    Save your airfare and just pay the $8.00 for the gingerbread.

    All hail the Gingerbread!!

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