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since we were in New York,
eating pies out of a coal fired oven!
WHERE do I start??Let’s tell you a little about them!
An Italian family a generation out of Naples, he grew up in Chambersburg,
the Italian section of Trenton.
Tomato Pies is what they called pizza.
Not mass produced, not cooked off in a conveyor belt oven after being made on an assembly line, but hand crafted by your relatives and friends in small neighborhood storefronts. That’s what they do at Salvatore’s.
From their website:
In the pizza industry, there are many ways to cut corners. We don’t. Our flour is high grade, and un-brominated. Potassium Bromide is a known carcinogen that is banned in almost all the world except the United States. In fact, if you buy a pizza in Canada that contains Potassium Bromide, the box would have to have a warning label similar to a pack of cigarettes. Consider that next time you see a sign that says “$5.00″ pizza.
Our tomato products are simply the best you can get in the United States. We add no sugar to the tomatoes, and use locally produced fresh herbs to craft our sauce. The crimini mushrooms we use are grown here in Wisconsin, as is the Zucchini and other vegetables.
And then there is cheese, Wisconsin produced cheese. We add no sugar to our dough either. We ferment the dough in order for it to develop a natural sweetness. Our sausage and pesto is made in house. All this of course means that our food and labor costs are a bit more expensive, but you can’t beat the result. And besides, my grampa Pasquale would be incredibly upset if he found out we were cutting corners. Because we use as much local products as possible, our menu will change a bit with the seasons.
At Salvatore’s, we firmly believe in creating comfort food that you can feel comfortable feeding to your family.
So– they hint at being expensive. For a gourmet 16 inch, hand tossed pie, we don’t think so!
We had the #8 – “Fat Uncle Tony” that runs $18.99.
It starts with their basic tomato pie on a hand tossed crust that you can see them make through the open window to the kitchen. Add a sauce made with Stanislaus Tomatoes and Grande whole-milk (no part skim here) mozzarella, a little provolone, and fresh basil. Top that off with Applewood smoked bacon, house made sausage and Pepperoni and we have only one word: Delicious!
You can see their current menu HERE
Now, let’s talk about how child friendly they are…. AMAZING!
1) They brought some fresh pizza dough out for Miss Sarah to practice her pizza tossing skills — and we got to take it home.
2) They have a complete play area with mini kitchen, play food and even an artists wall to display the fun pictures that are left behind by budding Picasso’s.
3) They have a variety of cute plates and cups for little people.
4) They even made that special smiley face pizza for her to take home and have for lunch tomorrow!
Round all of that off with a warm decor, classic 50s-60s “Rat Pack” standards playing in the back ground, 10″ Gluten Free Pizzas, House Made Bread, and a nice selection of bottled beer and wine makes for a neat, family friendly place to enjoy.
I can’t wait to go back and try the #5: with Prochiutto, house made pesto, roasted garlic, feta and whole milk-mozzarella cheese! Miss Sarah can’t wait to go back and “make more pizza”.
They DO deliver, but I suggest you venture in for the full experience – it’s more than worth it.