Pizza Thursdays at Grill 23
Back in ‘08, when we were adding a couple hundred more seats to the second floor, we had to shut down for a spell. So I saw this as a great opportunity to take my guys on a field trip. We’ll do this now and again - go harpooning for swordfish, hunt wild animals at the zoo, erect houses for those in need, that sort of thing. It broadens our perspective and helps keep us humble. Indeed, journeys such as these inform much of what we do at the restaurant. So, back in ‘08, I decided to put my pilot’s license to good use and take us all to Naples for a two week pizza making apprenticeship. Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “But you don’t serve pizza at Grill 23,” which is mostly true, and when we try, no one orders it anyway. We did have some success with lahmajun, at least we did after I transliterated it from Arabic. In retrospect, I probably should have listed it in English from the get go. But for the most part, you’re correct. We don’t serve pizza at Grill 23. However, all that has recently changed with the newly introduced Pizza Thursday. It’s not for our customers, mind you, but only for a select few who dare to venture down to the pastry kitchen around 6:15 pm. Really it’s become one of the highlights of my week. When we visited Naples I was so busy fulfilling my chaperon duties, I barely had time to pay attention to the master pizza makers. On the other hand, I’d never seen Mark more at home, so while I make a fairly good pie, Mark has become a pizza samurai, if you will, so transcendent is his work in this regard. This past Thursday, as you can see, he made two buffalo vegetarian chicken patty ranch dressing pies, another with cheese and a bounty of fresh herbs, and yet another one simply topped with marinara and cheddar. I’m telling you, if that Mark fellow weren’t a married man, he’d be a heck of a catch!