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Monday, March 28, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Ricetta's Brick Oven Pizzeria has two locations.  There is one at 29 Western Avenue, in South Portland Maine.   The second location is at 240 U.S. Route One in Falmouth Maine.  We visited the South Portland restaurant.  I have to mention that Ricetta's has been voted the best pizza in Maine in the Portland Press Herald's poll every year since 1990! 

The large dining room has a glass partition separating it from the pizza-making area, so you can watch your pizza being made.  There are two large brick ovens used for the actual baking, and it's fun to observe.

You can watch the homemade dough being kneaded and tossed and stretched into shape.


You can watch it being placed in the brick oven, and watch the flames being stoked.  huge, long-handled wooden "spatulas" are used to place the pizza on the hot bricks, and to remove it when it is done.

While you're waiting for your pizza to cook, you can relax and enjoy the casual atmosphere in the dining room.   If you're not in the mood for pizza, Ricetta's has an extensive menu which includes mouth-watering appetizers, calzones, lasagna, chicken or eggplant Parmigiana, Italian meatloaf, and scrumptious desserts.

At lunch time (from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) on weekdays a pizza buffet is available.   In addition to


a variety of pizzas, with toppings such as sausage and mushrooms, peppers and onions, fried eggplant, or pepperoni, there's also a dessert pizza, shown below, which has a pineapple and brown sugar topping.  (sorry that photo isn't quite as clear.)  I was disappointed that the pizza wasn't as hot as I would have liked it to be, but in all fairness, we arrived during the last half hour of the buffet.  Not a fan of buffets, I would order a pizza next time, so I know it would be piping hot.  This time, though, I agreed to the buffet, as that was what my husband wanted.

The pizza buffet includes a soup and salad bar as well.  Hubby chose to have some corn chowder which smelled wonderful!  It was made with chunks of potato, carrots, celery, and corn.

There were several salads to pick from.  I saw a traditional tossed salad, Caesar salad, and pasta salad and a couple of dressing choices.


The salads included fresh mushrooms, purple onions, romaine and iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and black olives.  There were anchovies available if you wanted to add them.

I had a sort of cherry chocolate cheesecake creation for dessert.  It was served in a glass that was a bit larger in diameter and about twice as tall as a shot glass.  There were layers of graham cracker crumbs, cheese cake, chocolate mousse, all topped off with cherry preserves.  Yummy, to say the least!

Unfortunately, the South Portland dining room is closing, although they will continue to make deliveries to the surrounding area.  The Falmouth store is larger and newer and a very pleasant place to enjoy Italian cuisine.    If you make it to Falmouth, Maine, you really need to try this award-winning pizza!


Note:  I was not compensated in anyway for this review.  We paid for our meals, and the opinions expressed are totally mine.


EVA

26 comments:

tsonodablog said...

YUM. It's late but my mouth is watering for pizza. Wonder what's in the fridge?

EmptyNester said...

Yesterday, Hubs and I were disagreeing on the state of AZ--he said, "But they have the Grand Canyon." I replied, "The Grand Canyon does not impress me. What impresses me is the food in Maine!" LOL

Brian Miller said...

those deserts are so cool...we went a place that had similar a while back...and pizza, is always a good thing...going to get me some for lunch today

Muffy's Marks said...

I read your blog earlier and the pictures were there. Now I opened it and no pictures. Sorry, I don't know of a solution!!
P.S. I love good pizza!!!

Kristina P. said...

This sounds like a place we have, called, aptly, Brick Oven. It's so good.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Sure sounds like my kinda place! I sure wish those brilliant young folks at Google would quite playing around with code on Blogger. A few days ago it kept automatically sticking in all kinds of opening and closing italics tags before & after every single new paragraph. I kept deleting it, and it would keep adding it back!! Then the other day even though I could upload a bunch of pictures, it would only let me select one a time to add to the post! This may sound stupid and simplistic but try logging out and then logging back in. It worked for me once. You can also try logging into draft.blogger.com or regular blogger.com whichever one it is that you don't usually use.

Happy Sunday!

Al Penwasser said...

You just can't get a good pizza outside of New England. People may disagree, but you just can't.

Opal Stevens said...

I'm your newest follower :D

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tattytiara said...

Oh I'm glad I can't see photos - that's all it would take to get me ordering in tonight!

The Broad said...

Al Penwasser is right. New England does have the best pizza! I'm going there tomorrow -- after this post it's a good thing...

K A B L O O E Y said...

That all sounds so goooood. Now I want pizza! BTW: don't know how to fix your picture dilemma, but the other day, when I opened up my blog, it looked like it was written in Swedish. It was all umlauts and unreadable. I just closed it up and avoided the issue for a few days. Now all looks fine, but it was jarring, to say the least.

tattytiara said...

Stickup Artist just commented on another blog that there's a known problem re uploading photos via Internet Explorer, and that people are being recommended to try a different browser.

Lazarus said...

Eva, sounds like a great place but the photo thing with Blogger is annoying. I find that Blogger has a lot of glitches at times. For the photo issue, sometimes it will only let me post one photo and then it freezes and refuses to allow any others. What I do is click out of "new post" onto another tab, like "monetize" or "statistics" and then come back into your post and it will allow you to post one more photo. You have to keep going out and coming back in to add more pictures. When will they fix this annoyance? Who knows...

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: Hope you found pizza in there!

Opal: Thanks and welcome!

rosaria said...

I tried four times to post a comment without success. The post had a tough time loading. I wonder if the mention of all that good food loaded down blogger. LOL.

p.s. they ought to pay you for all your troubles listing and tasting all these yummies.

River said...

I love those long handled pizza shovels, I've always wanted one.
I had a pizza for lunch yesterday, well, half of one, but it was the frozen kind.

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Now THAT'S my kind of place!!!!!

dana said...

What a horrible disappointment not to be able to see your photos! I'm glad you said something or I'd just think it was my computer.

Firefox gave me that same problem until I figured out that it "might" be my search engine. I switched to Google Chrome and it cleared up.

Gaston Studio said...

OMG, it took FOREVER for your page to load; maybe you should check for a virus dear girl.

Love some pizza and never turn down cheesecake.

Eva Gallant said...

Opal: Welcome aboard!

Rosaria: I keep hoping....I usually inform the restaurant as I'm leaving of what I'm doing and give them one of my cards, but so far, no takers. No free meals, coupons, or anything. :(

Pat said...

I love pizza, and when we travel it's hard to find a good one, especially since I grew up in the Chicagoland area, where, in my personal opinion, they have some of the BEST pizza. But we did have some brick oven pizza here in Scottsdale and it was pretty good. And recently we ate at a pizza place.....the pizza was delish! I later found out it was a Chicago-based pizzeria! No wonder!

Deb said...

I saw about the S. Portland location on the news and wondered how it was. I won't do buffet's either - figure if I'm paying for dinner I will be waited on and brought food that others weren't picking through (I hope)!

So many places to pick from in your Neck of the Woods! Look forward to this weekly feature of yours!

Midday Escapades said...

I am so ready to make the trip to Falmouth, Maine for this pizza!!!! Your Sunday rocked!

Elenka said...

I just heard this morning that they are closing...I had no idea there was one in Falmouth. We''ll have to check it out.
I still like Flatbread the best.

Fragrant Liar said...

I love those small shops. They're usually the best and most in need of patrons.

Do you say Falmouth like Foul Mouth? Cuz that's the only way I can hear it...

Unknown Mami said...

I love me some pizza. That dessert looks pretty good.