Sunday, May 20, 2007

Da Paolo Pizza Bar

Went to Da Paolo Pizza Bar at Chip Bee Gardens, with a relative of the family that owns the outlet. Fantastic. My friend has shot photos, unfortunately I'll have to get her to upload it soon. I guess.

Nevermind, I'll try to describe.

We started off with Fried Calamari, which was I guess battered and fried to the right consistency while the squid was nice and chewy inside; the touch of lime was nice. At least it wasn't oily.

The Meatballs were wonderful though. The meat flavour really shone through, which was quite laudable. The least you'd expect from Da Paolo. Nice tangy tomato to wrap the flavours in.

Then our mains featured three Pizzas to be shared amongst five. The Pizza alla Fiorentina was first. The base was nicely crisp and just to the right texture, not too thick but giving enough to chew upon; on top was egg, and fresh spinach, as well as salami (if I'm not mistaken).....and it was nicely done, honestly. The blend of flavours was nice and like I said, the base was so flavourful u just wanted to eat more and more, ...oops, there goes the whole pizza.

The Pizza with Rocket Leaves and Parma Ham and Cheese was nicely done as well, the Arugula leaves providing a nice bitter contrast to the saltiness of the Parma Ham, while the parmesan cheese shavings wrapped it around nicely to give that tanginess. A good combination of bitter, salty and sour. They were fairly generous with the ingredients, and were of good quality too. Again that went down very fast.

Nothing could however beat the pizza with marscapone cheese and black truffles and mushrooms. The truffle oil / truffle shavings gave the pizza and incredibly buttery and musky flavour and aroma, which went brilliantly with the soft marscapone cheese. The little bits of mushroom were there not overpowering the flavour.... But just adding to the nice texture and the muskiness of it. This was more than exquisite, very much worth the $24 tag for the pizzas (the rest were $19).

Desserts were a little disappointing though...I had the varlhona chocolate cake but it was too cakey for me, I should have ordered the triple chocolate mousse.....i like it when you have warm chocolate oozing out from the middle (fondant), but this one only the fudge bits really tasted anything chocolatey enough for my was still good dark chocolate with the flavanoids of good dark chocolate, but that was really small, too small for $8!

Overall, a great pizza place! I tried my friend's lemon merengue and it went pretty nicely. Should've ordered that!

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