Sunday, May 16, 2010
A trip to Pasta Mista in Towson
To continue the Pizza-thon, we decided to visit Pasta Mista. This little strip mall joint will never attract anyone’s attention, but affordable and filling pizza will. We visited on an early weekend afternoon and noticed a family or two, but mostly what seemed to be college students who revived themselves from the night before, dug through the couch cushions and car seats to buy themselves the most filling, tastiest meal a gathering of discarded quarters could buy.
After sampling their Greek salad and several slices, I would have to say Pasta Mista should get top billing for those who find themselves scooping out handfuls of change from their pockets onto the discontented cashier left to count the pennies, two by two.
Now, as almost an afterthought, we had the pizza. The chicken parmesan did have tender breaded chicken pieces with a thin layer of marinara sauce, but it wasn’t my favorite of the afternoon. Even though it was better than its Fortunato’s counterpart, I didn’t really care for it. The caprese bread was large, tasty, and filling and very enjoyable. The pepperoni and sausage deluxe pizza was a bit too thick for my liking. The effort of chewing and swallowing down the thick bread detracted from the meaty toppings. My favorite of the whole bunch was the chicken pesto pizza. The creamy, herby pesto tied the flavors of the tender chicken and chopped red peppers so well that the Dude would be proud.
So far, here are the results of my pizza-thon:
Best Pizza: Chopped tomato from Fortunato Brothers
Second Best: Chicken Pesto from Pasta Mitsa
Worst Pizza: Chicken parmesan from Fortunato Brothers
Best salad: Pasta Mista. Chef Paolino Café deserves an honorable mention for the salad, but a good house dressing will get me every time.