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August 22nd, 2019

Crust & Craft, Restaurant, Review, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Wood Fired Pizza, Local Beers, Southern Delaware, The Art of Wining & Dining, Delaware Beaches

Good for the whole family. That was my first impression. Neighborhood feel restaurant located at 18701 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Tel. 302-313-5029 Check the menu at http://www.crustandcraftrehoboth.com

Love the restaurants on Coastal Highway. At this time of the year parking is hard to come by so the restaurants on this main road at the beaches have plenty of parking.

I had not been to this restaurant for a long time. New ownership by SoDel Concepts since this past year.

Crust & Craft is modern, lots of lights, open kitchen concept…..see the wood fire oven right there past the counter.

It was around 2:00 p.m. when we arrived. We decided to share a salad and a pizza. The pizzas are 12 inches; perfect for sharing. They have plenty of beers to choose from.

We ordered the Wood Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It arrived looking beautiful with butternut, Moody Blue, Apple, a maple vinaigrette dressing, pumkin seeds topping the salad. Great combination of flavors.

It was not until later that I was thinking about this salad and looked at the photo closely. I remember there was something missing. The salad was to have the brussels sprouts wood roasted. They were not really roasted. That roasted flavor was not there. We ate it and did not complain. All in all, it was really good but it would have been better if they would have been roasted.

Our choice of The Funghi Pizza did not disappoint. Parmesan Bechamel, Kennett Roasted Mushrooms, House Cheese Blend, and delicious caramelized onions. It was delicious!! The perfect size for two people.

Having had good service, good food and an affordable price, I can tell you that I cannot wait to go back.

Remember to check my Facebook page AboutMyBeaches.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the Summer 2019!!

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June 22nd, 2016

New Foodie in Town, Sophia, Kid Friendly Restaurants, Half Full, Restaurant, Pizza, Lewes, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, A New Post by Sophia, Kids Eat at The DE Beaches

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Hi there. Here I was this past week-end when the weather was glorious.  It is what I love the most. Playing on the beach with my family.  Well, there is another thing I like to do just as much and that is eating.  I am Sophia and I am a new foodie in town.  Looking for places that kids are welcomed and not rushed.  It is the beach, afterall, you should come here to relax and chill out.

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Half Full is the restaurant that we went to eat the other night.  It is in Lewes, Delaware, located at 125 Second St.  Tel. 302-645-8877.  It is open from Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.    Website?  http://www.halffulllewes.com.

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My Grammy and my Mom were there too.  Half Full is celebrating their first year in this location.  I guess it is about my age.  I just took my first steps and this is a milestone.  I am growing up.  Everyone has been laughing and clapping at my way of walking.  I will master it and then they will be sorry because I will be all over the place.

At Half Full you order at the counter and then they will bring you the food at the table.  Our table, and this is a tip from me to you, was inside.

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It was a corner booth.  It is perfect for little ones like me.  You can also eat outside on their porch but my Mom thinks this is the best one.  There is also a high table that I have sat before.  Yes, I do get around.

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Some of you might think I should be home in bed but to tell you the truth it was not late and I also took a late afternoon nap.  So I was ready for some tasting.

The first thing we ordered was the Cold Board.

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It is a composed salad of two cheeses, sopressata, roasted red pepper and tomato, Kalamata olives, which I so love, and garlic sauce.  I am not into the garlic sauce but I love everything else.  You can tell by the photos by Grammy took.

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Two pizzas were ordered.  These pizzas are thin and crispy.  They are sooooo good.  You are going to love them and so will your children.

In the background the pizza was Have It Your Way….you customize it.  Tomato sauce, caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes and Kalamata Olives. That was my Mom’s.

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In the foreground my Grammy’s was The Lobster & The Leek…Canadian lobster, creamy leek confit, cognac tomato sauce.  My Grammy said she had forgotten how good these pizzas were.  I totally agree with her.  They were yummy!!

It was an early evening in Lewes.  The town was quiet.  Stay tuned for my next post.

Night Night!!

November 3rd, 2015

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Crust & Craft, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Pizza, Pasta, Bar…Plenty of Parking!! Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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“A retaurant is a fantasy-a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast.”  warner leroy

Crust & Craft opened in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, about 4 weeks ago.  Pretty impressive to see this locale transform itself into a really nice looking place.  And, the food, pretty awesome, as well.  The address is 18701 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-313-5029  Website?  http://www.crustandcraftde.com.

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You can find Crust & Craft on Facebook!  Please note that it will be opening this week-end for lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.

My friend, Cathy and I arrived very early.  By the time we left every seat on the house was taken with the exception of one table.

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Some pizzas were coming out of their oven….you can customize your pizzas!!

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The menu is divided into Hearth…Bruschetta.  Then, Ocean which are starters from the sea.  Continuing with Earth which are seasonable veggies.  Fire means 12″ wood-fire pizza and finally Stone which is their housemade pasta.

Our strategy was to order more than a few dishes tapas style.

From the Hearth we ordered the Roasted Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, Pecorino, and Balsamic. I don’t know what it was but the combination of the roasted squash and the rest of the ingredients on that toasted bread was perfect.

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The Ocean brought us Wood Roasted Octopus, Olives, Potato, Oregano, Jalapeno, Lemon Maionese.  The octopus was tender and had a definite wood roasted flavor.

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Earth…the Beets, Ricotta, Greens, Poppy Seeds, and a Lemon Vinaigrette.  Loved it!  The Lemon Vinaigrette gave it a bit of a tangy taste.

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Stone…The Pumpkin Zucca, Mushroom, Squash, Sage, Brown Butter, Peccorino, Pumpkin Seed….This dish was excellent.  The pasta absorbed the pumpkin flavor.  It was one of my favorites of the evening.

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Of course we did not need any dessert but we did have it….Choco Tacos made out of Pizzelle, Mascarpone Semifredo, and Nutella…..Decadent, so much so that Cathy and I took off for the Rehoboth Boardwalk to walk off this one.

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I would like to thank our server, Brittany, for taking care of us in such a speedy way.  Her recommendations were on target.  Loved everything we ordered.

I almost forgot to tell you that Crust & Craft partners with local farmers and craft beer artisans….Congratulations and wish you much success.  We will be back!!  Have to try the pizza.

See you soon!

A Little Bit of This A Little Bit of That

A Little Bit of This A Little Bit of That

February 6th, 2013

Talia’s Tuscan Table, Deli, Pizza, Pasta, Catering, Dine In, Take Out, Restaurant, Review, Boca Raton, Florida…Nice!

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Did I forget to say, that everything is homemade?  The mozzarella, the ciabatta bread, and cannoli.  The prices are so reasonable, the friendly atmosphere, smiles, and music are free!!

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Word of mouth…don’t you love it?  Andrew took Brenda, who back in October told me.  Now I am passing the word on to you.  Plenty of places to eat in South Florida.  Everyone knows that.  Some of them, stand out. And, this is one of them.

Talia’s Tuscan Table is located at 4070 N. Dixie Hwy., Boca Raton, Florida.  Tel. 561-362-0874.  Website?  http://www.taliastable.com.  You can also check it on Facebook, where you can see other commentaries and check what specials they are offering.  Talia’s opens at 11:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Closed on Sundays.

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I drove south from Delray on Federal Highway, took a right on Spanish River and then a right on Dixie.  The restaurant is in a small strip shopping center, right as you make the right turn. You cannot miss it.

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Like I was saying…the music was playing and you could tell the customers were regulars; the usual suspects.  I decided to talk to some of them and you could tell they meant it when they said the food was delicious.

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Frankie said…have a menu, you don’t have to look at the walls.  There were menus on the walls.  Frankie is a part owner, Danny is the other owner.

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I asked Frankie…if this is a customer’s first time…what would you recommend?  What would be the dish that will hook you?  No hesitation there.  The Bronx Bomber and the Michelanglo he said.  Bring it on, that’s what I want, I said.

Talia’s is a restaurant that is very casual, you can dine in, sit on either table outside, or take out, like I did.

The music got a little louder and Frankie was smiling…Nice!

OMG, a sandwich was coming out of the kitchen.  It was called the Galileo Cheese Steak with roast beef, cheddar, onion, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing.  If mine were that huge I was going to be in trouble.  Calories out the window, for sure.

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Have some bread, Frankie said as he place a place full of garlic ciabatta bread with a wonderful smell and so warm.

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How about some mozzarella?  They make their own.  Put it on the bread.  I obliged.

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Next sandwich coming out of the kitchen was the Fermi.  Portabella, roasted peppers, tuscan beans and organic lettuce.  It was the only sandwich on the menu that said it contained 195 calories.  I was not counting calories, that’s for sure.

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The customers let me take the pictures.  You could tell they really loved Talia’s.  Some of them were known by their first names.

A Citrus Seafood Salad came out of the kitchen…looked very nice!!

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Frankie said…do you like cannolis….is the Pope Catholic?  Two cannolis to go on the house.  Drink on the house, as well.

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My bag carrying the sandwiches was heavy with 2 hefty sandwiches.  They said “adios” and off I went.

Each of the sandwiches could have, definitely, fed 2 people.  They were truly amazing.  Here is what they were:

The Michelanglo with herb chicken cutlet, eggplant, mozzarella and roasted peppers.  The chicken cutlet was thin and perfectly breaded, a perfect pair to the rest of the ingredients.

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Frankie had asked me if I liked hot peppers….bring it on.  The next one was the Bronx Bomber.  This one had salami, capicolla, mortadella, ham, provolone and hot peppers.  Another winner!!  Very very Nice!!

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Please note that wine and beer are available at Talia’s.

Thanks to Frankie for his suggestions and to Brenda for showing me the way.

Have a good one!!

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July 15th, 2011

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Nation’s Summer Capital, Congratulations!!, Not Just one Award but Two!!

 

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Congratulations to a well deserving town for keeping it “real”.  Rehoboth Beach has received two awards this year.  It came 6th within the top 10 Boardwalks in America.

Check http://www.saveourcityrehoboth.org/16-blog/news-articles/60-rehoboth-beach-boardwalk-named-one-of-the-best-in-us-by-national-geographic.html.

Then, both, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach are among the only 4 beaches to earn 5 stars for water quality.  They are the new “Superstars”.

Check http://www.saveourcityrehoboth.org/17-blog/newsletter/57-award-ceremony-for-us-cleanest-beaches.html.

During the summer the Boardwalk Grub is what people love.   And, a good day at the beach is the icing on the cake.  Check the pictures of summer in Rehoboth Beach.

Pizza – Three of the best places; you decide.

Grotto

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Louie’s

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Nicola

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Popcorn?  Fisher’s; my favorite is always the caramel.  Pretty addictive.

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Candy?  Plenty to pick and choose at the Candy Kitchen.

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Salt water taffy?  Dolles has always been known for it.

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Shall I dare to say French fries?  Thrashers among the best and most well known.

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The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk; for walkers, checking out the beachgoers, going to the rides, just sit down and take a break; or perhaps stay for some music in the evening.

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The Facts!!

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And then, there is nothing better than a dip in the ocean on a hot summer day!!

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So, come on down!!  Downtown Rehoboth Beach is waiting….still so much to discover…

Talk to you later.

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February 13th, 2011

SPoT Coffee, Delray Beach, Florida, Restaurant, Review, South Florida, Palm Beach County

 

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To me, there is no life before coffee.  I love it in the morning and there are times when I enjoy it in the afternoon, as well.  More so on a chilly day.  I consider it a ritual since I drink it every day. 

Just opened a few weeks ago is the newest addition to the eateries in trendy Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.  SPoT Coffee is their name.  Located at 44 East Atlantic Avenue.  Tel. 561-455-4041.  Website?  www.spotcoffee.com.  You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

I went to check it out because they have been working on that corner for quite some time; teasing us with “soon to be opened” signs.  Was it going to be the place to go for coffee or just another coffee shop?

This company’s offices are in Canada and New York.  In existence since 2004.  Delray is not only a destination for vacationers, but for new businesses, as well.

I wanted to try their coffee because it seems that there are so many coffee shops in every corner of every city, but a lot of them over-roast their coffee; giving it a sour taste. 

SPot Coffee is in a great corner.  Its doors open to the sidewalk and tables are scattered around.

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There is also a cozy corner with sofas in case you want to make yourself feel at home or read the paper.  Art depicting Atlantic Ave. is also on their walls.

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The coffee selections are on a top board.  I decided to have a Mocha.  The Mocha is only prepared with whole milk.  I could not wait to taste it because so far this year I can say that the other great cup of coffee I have sampled was at One World Cafe in Baltimore, Maryland.

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I did not have to wait long and I can say that it was delicious.  I sat outside and really enjoyed it.  Creamy, nice and hot; great aroma.

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Besides coffee, SPoT Coffee also offers other beverages, baked goods, signature sandwiches like focaccia sandwiches, wraps and pizza.

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A blackboard is posted every day with their offerings. 

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I only can vouch for their coffee, at this time.  Did not try anything else.  It is so good to have so many choices and to see the patrons enjoying themselves.  I wish them much success.

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Please note that SPoT Coffee also has coffee for sale and catering is available. 

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Have a great day!!…talk to you later…

February 9th, 2011

Mellow Mushroom, Delray Beach, Florida, Restaurant, Review, Pizza Bakers, Gluten Free Pizza, Village by the Sea, South Florida, Palm Beach County

 

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My status is:  I am on a quest; to find the best gluten free pizza.  But, the reality is that there is no comparison to the real thing.  Thankful for the fact that restaurants are trying their best?  You bet!!!

In the past year as I visited Delray I noticed Mellow Mushroom.  They are pizza bakers but they also have calzones, hoagies, appetizers, salads and lots of different types of beer.  It seems that they do draw a nice crowd, whether is for lunch or dinner.  It was not going to happen since it is a pizza joint and my husband has a gluten allergy, therefore, he has to eat gluten-free.  So, I forgot about them.

Surprise, surprise.  I got an e-mail that listed different restaurants throughout the U.S. with gluten free items in their menu. Mellow Mushroom was listed.  I called them and they said that they offered gluten-free pizza every day.

This past Monday we paid them a visit to see for ourselves.  My husband just wanted a thin, crispy crust pizza.  He said it would make his year if he got that.

Mellow Mushroom is located on 25 S.E. 6th Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483.  Tel. 561-330-3040.  Website is www.mellowmushroom.com/delraybeach.  You will also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

As you come into the restaurant you will find that it looks like it is an easy going place; funky decor.  Just like a lot of businesses start, this one was started by friends back in the day.  Yes, 1974 and near Georgia Tech.  At present, the headquarters are in Atlanta.

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It is a franchise; individually owned and operated with its own twist and theme throughout the restaurant; adding local color.  Mellow Mushroom is open Mondays – Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 until 12:00 a.m. and Sundays from 11:30 until 11:00 p.m.  Please check the website for specials.

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On with our dining experience; I don’t want to get off track.  We were seated immediately and it was about 8 p.m.  The restaurant was comfortably crowded.  We ordered something to drink.  And, that is when we decided that the restaurant was going to be disjointed.

Waiting a long time for those drinks to come we already had seen the menu and knew what we wanted.  One person wanted the calzone.  I wanted the tossed salad with a balsamic dressing.  And, you know already what my husband wanted; the gluten free pizza.  Toppings?  Green peppers, onions, ground beef, and mushrooms. 

The waitress was friendly and finally she arrived with the drinks.  Our order was then placed and my husband was waiting in anticipation for his thin crust pizza.

For the time of the evening, they took a long time.  I do know that they cook to order, but it took a long time.  Then the calzone came out, then my salad and then the pizza.  At that point, another round of drinks was ordered and the waitress had forgotten my balsamic dressing so she was to bring that, as well.

The calzone was okay, but nothing to write home about. 

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I was dissapointed with my salad because the tomatoes were limp; almost like they were past their prime.  Two sad slices of bacon on top.  Plus, I still did not have the dressing and I ordered it again.  By the time it arrived I had eaten the toppings on the salad so only lettuce was there.  Not worth taking a picture.

I must admit that the pizza looked great.  Again, it will never be the real thing but for someone that cannot eat regular pizza, this was a real treat.   We did have to send it back to get it more crispy, though.  I had a few slices myself, and I will say that I will come back again for it.

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That was the experience.  Lukewarm, I guess.  Definitely, worth checking again.

 

Talk to you later…you know I will…

November 21st, 2010

Nicola Pizza, Rehoboth Beach, Pizza, Review, Delaware Beaches

 

After spending a few hours with Pete, my handyman, I decided to order a pizza from Nicola.  I deserved it.  Pete drove me crazy and there was nothing like a slice of pizza for instant gratification.

This is the 3rd time I have ordered pizza in a week.  Right in downtown Rehoboth Beach, all those 3 pizza joints are within walking distance of one another.  So, you have your pick.  And we all do; it is a matter of taste. 

Like Ed, a resident from Rehoboth, who says he can eat pizza every day and has given me other places to try.  He has his preferences of what type of cheeses should be used, thickness, and toppings.

Last night there was a show on t.v. and it was all about the pizzas in New York City and Chicago.  New York pizza won.  The difference between the 2?  The thickness with New York having a thin crust and Chicago was deep dish pizza.

I made my call and ordered a small cheese, well done, and thin.  They asked me if I wanted a pan (personal) pizza or the regular.  Of course, the regular.  It would be ready in 20 minutes and it was.

Nicola Pizza does not need any introduction here at the beaches;  it is also an institution that opened up in 1971.  It is a family business.

They are located at 8 N. 1st Street.  Tel. 302-227-6211.  The website is www.nicolapizza.com.

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Nicola is proud to inform its patrons that they drain the fat from the beef, blend three kinds of cheeses and use homemade sauce.  No additives or preservatives are ever used.

You can dine in or take out and Nicola has a new location right on Rehoboth Ave., around the corner from the original one.  I ordered my take out pizza from the original location.

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Involved in the community and helping organization to raise funds.  For that purpose, just give them a call for more information.

Nicola has specials during the winter and stays open year-round for lunch and dinner.  They are also the home of the Nic-O-Boli, which is ground beef, their fat free pizza sauce and a blend of cheeses rolled in fat free dough, then baked in the oven.  They do also offer specialty Nic-O-Bolis, as well, like no beef, low carb, and a few more.

Nic-O-Bolis can be bought by the case, frozen.  I have given them as gifts before and always appreciated.  Just pop them in the oven.

I drove home with my hot pizza and already my car was full of that smell. 

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I rushed into the house and showed it to my husband, who as you know cannot have it because of his gluten allergy.

I have not had Nicola’s pizza in some time and I thought it was very good.  It was thin, crispy and well done.  And, the sauce was flavorful and did not overpower the pizza.  It came out just like I ordered it.

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This time I had a couple of pieces and froze the rest in case I had a craving later on.

Later in the evening I decided to make a gluten free pizza myself.  I had bought gluten free pizza dough.  The pizza looked good.  I added cheese, my own sauce, peppers, onions, mushrooms, anchovies, and sun dried tomatoes.  It came out too “doughy” .  I will have to perfect it.

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Have a great day!!

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