With much excitement, we went to Co. on Tuesday night. Jim Lahey – the man, the myth (who was in the house!) – has expanded his bread empire with a much-anticipated pizza restaurant. I joined my husband and two friends after they were already seated at one of two long communal tables (they were told that the private, round tables are reserved for parties of five or more). They were seated almost immediately when they arrived at 6:45.
We started with pizza bianca and olives. I would skip the olives next time. Lahey is well known for his pizza bianca – it took me back to studying abroad in Italy – and you can keep the extra olive oil on hand for your pizza crust.
We ordered two salads – radicchio with shiitake, taleggio cheese, balsamic and olive oil and butter lettuce with roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, lemon and olive oil. Both were yummy. I would have preferred for the salads to be served with (not before) the pizza – a minor tweak.
We split three pizzas among four people. Without the olives, bread, and salad, one pizza per person would be appropriate given the size of the pizzas, but we had enough food. We tried…
- Boscaiola – tomato, mushroom, buffalo mozzarella, pork sausage, onion, chili
- Flambé – caramelized onions, parmesan, buffalo mozzarella, lardons
- Ham and Cheese – pecorino, gruyere, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, caraway
The Boscaiola was the top choice among three of the four diners. I was the lone dissenter (it was too spicy!), preferring the Ham and Cheese. This was a complete surprise to me because I am not a prosciutto fan (I know, I know), but this pizza tasted like the most delicious grilled cheese on top of the most delicious bread. I expected to like the Flambé more and, while it was good, it is extremely rich. All in all, the ingredients were high quality, the crust was great and there wasn’t a bad slice among the bunch. The Special Pie – black trumpet mushrooms or black truffle (they were out of the latter) – sounded yummy, but was $38! Recession, anyone?
We wrapped up with three scoops of gelato – vanilla, chocolate and blood orange. The gelato is fine, but I recommend skipping it and saving room for the mini-biscotti that arrived at the end of the meal and would have been perfect with a cup of decaf.
Everyone raved about the meal and ranked Co. among the best pizza they had eaten. I realized that I simply don’t go gaga for pizza, which probably explains why I haven’t bothered to go to Artichoke Basille. But the next time my husband is craving pizza, I am sure that we will be headed to Co. My only real gripe was the wine list, which was rather pricey for a pizza joint and the inexpensive sangiovese that we tried was not good. Also, I don’t love communal tables and I felt like we were being rushed at the end of the meal.
I was not toting my camera (I am trying to do better on this front!), but you can find some nice pictures of the restaurant and the pies here.