We were nervous. Our reputation was on the line. But, the intrepid Pizza Guru needed to taste the pizza at Triangolo, so we met him at a designated parking lot and set out on our venture to find a truly good pizza.
Set deep in the Carpini valley, the mysterious town of Pietralunga seems an inauspicious place for a pizza worthy of consideration. The omens were not looking good when we arrived. No table outside, so we awkwardly camped around an indoor table facing the TV screen, when lo and behold a table outside became available. Pizza Guru has a six sense about these things and he was ON that table before we knew what happened.
The table was reset and we explored different uses for the little paper bag that is used to hold the napkin and silverware. This is a weird phenomenon that happens around here, your silverware gets put into a totally useless little bag. Does this happen anywhere else, or is there a powerful silverware paper bag cartel operating in Umbria?
As our mixed antipasto plate was put in front of us, the next bad omen occurred. Pizza Guru’s fork was so flimsy it bent at the touch of salami. While I wondered about Pizza Guru’s strange powers, he was waxing on about a pizza place near Lago Trasimeno that has the most perfect pizza knife; it has a serrated angled tip that just slices right through crust.
And now for the moment of truth. His pizza arrived and I tried not to look, or be too anxious. But after a few bites, Pizza Guru set down his fork, looked around and pronounced, “This is a fine pizza.” Whew. It’s a serious business, this eternal search for goodness. We must respect the pizza.
Renegade Paul threw all caution to the winds and ordered the “Doppio” pizza… behold its awesomeness, covered in anchovy and caper cream. It just blows a purist's mind.
And as for the gelato place next door? I had a fig and walnut gelato that truly rocked. Mitch, are you paying attention? Fig and walnut. The walnuts were in syrup, the figs were fresh. It sent shivers to my core.
N.B. Confidentiality agreement prevents us from posting any actual photos of the Pizza Guru.