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Special pizza sauce with fennel? Help me crack secret recipe from a Connecticut-man

Have you tried fennel pollen? There's a good discussion at .

Jan 17, 2012
NovaVeg in Home Cooking

Best Pizza Near Cooper-Hewitt?

Thanks again for the recommendation for San Matteo -- it was great! The setting was very nice for such a small and simple restaurant, and the staff was very friendly. As luck would have it, one of my friends speaks fluent Italian -- that obviously didn't hurt. We started with espressos, each individually crafted with impressive equipment. We ordered one pizza with buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto, and one pizza with butternut squash and smoked mozzarella. I'm vegetarian so I only had the latter, but it was delicious. The squash was pureed with spices, and essentially replaced the sauce. The crust was the perfect balance of crispy and chewy. We also couldn't resist ordering one of the day's specials -- gnocchi with pesto sauce. The gnocchi was made to order and was perfect. We finished with the coffee cream at your recommendation, which was a tasty way to end a great meal. Thanks again!

San Matteo
1739 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

Apr 17, 2011
NovaVeg in Manhattan

Best Pizza Near Cooper-Hewitt?

We're here now and love it -- and we haven't even gotten the food yet. Feel free to to stop by if you're in the neighborhood. :)

Apr 16, 2011
NovaVeg in Manhattan

Best Pizza Near Cooper-Hewitt?

Okay, thanks. We'll plan on San Matteo, which is slightly closer to the museum.

I get what you mean about bad pizza. It's just that most of what you think of as bad is still better than most of what people here (DC) think is good. :)

San Matteo
1739 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

Apr 15, 2011
NovaVeg in Manhattan

Best Pizza Near Cooper-Hewitt?

Thanks to you and gutsofsteel for the recommendations. I've just read the Yelp reviews for both places and they look fantastic. However, they both look more like Italian restaurants and less like NY pizza joints. I think we're hoping for something more like greasy dive and less like gourmet woodfired. Thoughts?

Apr 15, 2011
NovaVeg in Manhattan

Best Pizza Near Cooper-Hewitt?

I'll be visiting the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (2 East 91st Street) from out of town on Saturday, and my friends and I would like to stop for lunch afterwards at an authentic New York pizzeria. We're looking for something fast, casual, and inexpensive, and somewhere within walking distance of the museum. Any suggestions?

Apr 14, 2011
NovaVeg in Manhattan

Confit Byaldi -Ratatoille: Plating

hala, thanks very much for the tips and photos, and congratulations on your anniversary and your plating. :) Any chance you could describe the spatula technique in a bit more detail?

Nov 11, 2010
NovaVeg in Home Cooking

10 Things to Cook for One

There's nothing wrong with the noodle part of ramen noodles -- it's the "seasoning" packet that comes with them that's the problem. The author clearly discards this crap, leaving just the noodles. His point is that the noodles are cheap, convenient, and portioned for one.

Feb 15, 2009
NovaVeg in Features

Valentines day dinner on a budget in Alexandria/Arlington?

You might try Tempo or La Porta. La Porta has much more atmosphere, and live piano or jazz during certain times. Las Tapas may also be a good choice, since you can easily scale the meal.

Tempo Restaurant
4231 Duke St Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304

La Porta Restaurant
1600 Duke Street, Alexandria, DC 22314

Las Tapas
710 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

visiting DC

2 Amys is great, but like everyone says there's usually a bit of a wait. I still think it's worth it for the pizza and calzone. It's not Metro (subway) accessible, though -- don't know if that will be a problem for you.

I just went to Founding Farmers for the first time about a week ago, and really enjoyed it. The staff were unusually friendly, and the large menu had a lot of interesting things. I recommend the friend green tomatoes appetizer, which was nicely breaded and seasoned, and served with two interesting dipping sauces. I had the butternut squash ravioli entree, which was also quite tasty.

Two Amys
3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Group Dining in Tysons

I love Maggiano's -- the food is good, the prices are very reasonable for the portions, the atmosphere is classier than your usual chain restaurant, and a large group can order family style and try a few different things. The main dining room can be a little noisy, but you can also ask to be seated in the part that's sort of in the mall, where it's less crowded.

Maggiano's Little Italy
2001 International Dr, Mc Lean, VA 22102

Huntington, Fairfax Co.? (south of Alexandria)

Old Chicago Pizzeria (on Huntington, between Rt. 1 and Telegraph) has great pizza and breadsticks. Just try not to touch anything. :)

Dried, Shredded Tofu and Seitan

Not sure if this is what you're talking about, but check out

You can get seitan in any major grocery store these days. Whole Foods has the whole range of soy products. Seitan's not too hard to make yourself, either. Just Google.

Where can you get a good Calzone - Arlington/Alexandria

This is not really responsive to your question, but just in case any dairy-free folks clicked here.... I ate at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington (Arlington) a couple of nights ago, and was amazed to find a vegan calzone on the menu. I'm vegetarian (I eat milk and eggs), so I was pretty sure it would be terrible, but I ordered it for research purposes and to reward the restaurant for their efforts. On the menu, it contains vegan pepperoni, vegan cheese, onions, peppers, and spinach. You can make whatever substitutions you want, though. Although the price was $11.95, it was enormous.

The dough and sauce were excellent. The vegan pepperoni is not my favorite brand (which is Lightlife), and I found it salty rather than spicy. The cheese was nothing like ricotta and melted mozzarella -- it was just shredded soy cheese. But with everything wrapped up together, it had most of the right flavors and textures.

If you're vegan or you can't eat dairy, I think you'll be thrilled to be able to order this, and it doesn't taste bad at all. If you eat traditional calzones regularly, this dish isn't for you.

Oriental Star in Alexandria Commons

I agree with all the previous posters. I'm vegetarian, so merely having the option of so many "vegetized" dishes keeps Oriental Star on my list. But other than variety, there's nothing going for this place. There's nothing really wrong with it, either. It's just run-of-the-mill, except for being able to get everything in a vegetarian version. But even that's not done exceptionally.

I'm Vegetarian; She's Not

I'm looking for a nice (but not necessarily super fancy) place to go with my girlfriend for dinner for my birthday in a few weeks. I'm vegetarian (I eat milk and eggs), but my girlfriend isn't. We'd like to go somewhere that's not completely vegetarian, but still has plenty of interesting vegetarian options. Any suggestions?