Gaga Pizzeria

Hubby came home one one day telling me that his foodie coworker friend, Lianne, was raving about this pizza place in the beltline area and claimed that we needed to try it ASAP.  We’ve dined with Lianne before so I trust her opinion and a quick search on Urbanspoon revealed some pretty steller reviews so I was sold.  I picked hubby up from work one day and it was still pretty early in the afternoon – we wanted to avoid getting caught in rush hour traffic (ugh!).

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We walked in and was immediately greeted by one of the owners – Chef’s Gaga’s husband and was offered wafer cookies to snack on.  He was super friendly and since it  was our first time there we asked him what he recommended.  He was super helpful in asking questions about what we liked and if we would be having something to drink with our meal.  He recommended the Signora Gaga to us – mozzarella, spinach, olives, prosciutto, figs and bococcini.  I was pretty much sold when he mentioned figs since I love them in all forms.  So we ordered that and a Mafioza – mozzarella, ham, pepperoni, capicola, garlic, hot peppers and oregano.  We were told that it would take him about 7 minutes to make the pizzas.  Fine with me as I wanted to browse through their grocery area anyways.  Yes, this place actually has a tiny area with a few shelves filled with unique grocery items. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for foodstuff. Continue reading

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Braised Beef Shank

beef shank

Lately, I’ve been trying to base my cooking on whatever cut of meat is on sale for the week.  A little while ago, beef shank was on special and I wondered what I could do with it.  Not too many dishes popped up when I did a search on the internet and it doesn’t seem to be a very popular cut in western cuisine either.  I’ve only had beef shank before as a cold starter dish in Chinese restaurants but have never tried to make it myself so I decided this was the time to start. Continue reading