Little Pecks, the Tavern Bar, and near perfection


Well surprise, surprise, surprise…

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, but sometimes I don’t expect the obvious.
Of course the folks that are super particular about food are going to produce great pizza.

The gang at Clark House Hospitality are very particular about what they serve.
From their fancy-pants Foie Gras, to great wines, cocktails or coffee, right down to the proper selection of mustard to accompany their amazing pretzels, these folks know how to please.
They know hospitality….. Hell, they even make great POPCORN.

You can be confident you’re going to get great food and drink at any of the CHH establishments.
Of course they’re going to put out an amazing pizza.

I’ve been spending the past few months eating my way through the pizza of Troy.
While CHH pizza wasn’t on my initial list, I figured I should give it a try.
I knew they were making square-pan pies. Since this is a fairly easy pie to accomplish, I expected a decent rendition from CHH.

I wasn’t expecting quite what I got.

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Superbowl Squares

Alternate titles..
size matters -or- it’s ok to be square

When the kids were little,
and I wasn’t paying attention to pizza as much as I am now (read OBSESSING),
and admittedly, the money was tight in our household,
if we were feeding a crowd we would order a giant SQUARE, 24-cut pie.
Kid’s birthday parties, cub/boy/girl scouting events, or larger family gatherings,
they all got a large SQUARE-cut, (or two).
We (my wife) determined we could feed a ton-o-little kids with one of those big square-cuts.
It was all about maximizing our pizza dollar.

Fortunately, my family has been blessed with multiple decent neighborhood pizzerias,
one of which does a pretty good, large square-cut pie. (Chris’ Pizzeria)
They offer a 12-cut square, and a 24-cut square.
That 24-cut was our “go-to” crowd pleaser.
Those 24-cut, pizza-behemoths are 18″x 24″, with each slice measuring about 3″x 6″,
and almost 3/4″ thick.

I don’t remember the value back in the day,
but now-a-days that 24-cuts runs about 19 bucks.
In comparison, a typical large, 18″ round, 8-cut in our neighborhood runs about $13.
That square’s about 80 cents a slice; allowing about 3 slices each, it’s only $2.40 per person.
(Your typical large round pie is about $1.60 a slice.)
So, if you’re feeding 8 people you’ll need 3 large round pies @ $39,
or one large 24-cut square @ $19.

To maximize your pizza dollar and feed the largest crowd for the lowest cost,
the big square-cut is the way to go..

Frugality aside, my Italian mom instilled in me a commitment to always serve more food than needed, especially for guests.
If you run out of food it’s because there wasn’t enough; that shame outweighs any pride in what you served.
Maybe order TWO large square-cuts.
They make some of the best left-overs ever.

Although our choice for the big square-cut was originally rooted in a financial analysis, it’s actually very good pie. Don’t feel too badly for my guests.

So with Superbowl Sunday approaching, I feel it’s appropriate to review this cost effective, crowd pleaser.
Do you get a large square-cut when you’re feeding a crowd?

If you don’t, you should consider it..
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