Rao’s Homemade Roasted Garlic Sauce, A Love Letter

Dear Rao’s Roasted Garlic Sauce,

Every now and then, when I’m browsing the aisles of my local grocery store, an item I’ve never had before is on sale and catches my eye. I don’t remember exactly when it was that I first tasted you, but I do know that it changed my life for the better. I read the ingredients list and was sold by its simplicity and most importantly, its inclusion of roasted garlic. Usually you’re too expensive for my budget at almost $10 per jar, but when I saw you on sale for half of that, I made the fateful decision to make an exception.

Rao’s, you taste amazing.  I prefer you poured over spaghetti, but any other pasta works because you are the star of the show. You’re made up of delicious tomatoes (with some soft larger pieces that remind me of Frank Pepe’s pizza sauce), whole pieces of basil, and those classic chunks of perfect roasted garlic. I make pasta at home so that I have an excuse to eat you. I’ve never been to your namesake restaurants, but I don’t think I’m really missing out that much. Thank you for giving the world access to what I’m convinced is your secret ingredient. The crazy girl buying 4 jars of pasta sauce at a time? That’s me, every few months when you go on sale. Never change.

Love,

Pizza Blonde

The Pizza Blonde Workout Plan

 

The key to any pizza heavy diet is that you should work out at least once in a while. Not shockingly, when I’m at my skinniest it’s while I’m training for a race, and when I gain a few pounds it’s because I trade the gym in for wine/pizza/TV nights.

With the average Neapolitan margherita pizza weighing in at about 500-600 calories, it’s good to know what you need to do to offset your delicious meal. Let’s be real, life is too short to not eat pizza. Without further ado, here is the Pizza Blonde Workout Plan outlining how much pizza your favorite workouts burn. Continue reading

Johnny’s Pizza & Subs – Dorchester, Boston, MA


Johnny’s Pizza & Subs in Dorchester, across from the Ashmont T stop, is certainly catering to people who want fast, cheap pizza. The interior is no frills – you order at a counter and there are a few tables to the side for if you’re not getting your food to go. Definitely don’t bring a date for dinner here. They don’t offer delivery, but you can call ahead for take-out. They’re also cash only and have an ATM inside. I’ve come to Johnny’s because it’s within walking distance of my apartment, and every once in a while I just want a quick bite and don’t want to pay and wait for delivery.  Continue reading

Pizza Guide: Fenway Park / Red Sox Games

 

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Papa Gino’s inside Fenway – not recommended

 

Fenway Park is one of my favorite places in Boston. Aside from the love being thanks to my love of the Red Sox, I actually went to Simmons College a few blocks away and worked at Fenway for a few years before I graduated. Needless to say, I’ve spent a LOT of time around the ballpark and kept a close eye on the many changes happening to the neighborhood and its pizza options.

With concession prices at a ridiculous level, grabbing some drinks and grub before going into Fenway is essential. The ownership has improved a lot of the concession food over the past few years (shout out to Tasty Burger!) but sadly, the pizza is not one of those things (see above.) If you ever find yourself at a Red Sox game or Fenway concert craving pizza instead of typical baseball food, this guide is for you.

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Riddick’s House of Pizza – Dorchester, Boston MA

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The first thing that stuck out to me was that the sauce looks and tastes like school cafeteria pizza sauce… just cheap, and kind of weird/fake tasting. Same with the crust, actually. It was kinda soft and chewy, but without any crunch anywhere. The crust was also sweet. I thought maybe I was crazy tasting that, but my boyfriend confirmed my suspicions. The cheese was also just obviously cheap mozzerella and blah. It didn’t melt together all the way, so you could still see & tell it was shredded. There also wasn’t enough on the pizza to start with. The pepperonis were just generic cheap kind. I feel bad saying it, but this pizza was just not good. Edible, yeah, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to order it ever again.

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Galleria Umberto – North End, Boston, MA

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This place gets a lot of hype in Boston and has a reputation of one of the best pizzas- in fact, they were Boston Magazine’s top pick this year. My boyfriend & I arrived around 11:30 on a Saturday morning, and had to wait in line for maybe 20 minutes. Galleria Umberto’s deal is that they open at 11, and close when they run out of pizza. At least the pizza is always fresh! The line only got longer as it got later in the day- by the time we left, it was going out the door. One plus is that it’s cheap (but cash only)- my boyfriend and I got 8 slices, an arancini & panzarotti, and a drink for under $20.  Continue reading

Red Baron Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza

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Red Baron’s Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza was a mixed bag for sure. It’s getting close to my two month period of eating healthier (less pizza) while I train for my first 10k race, so this week has kind of been a last hurrah. So, when I saw this on sale for $3.33, I thought “Why not?” LOL side note: I just looked up the nutritional info, and the instructions clearly state “DO NOT THAW.” Guess whose pizza thawed while I came to realize that our oven wasn’t working? (Me.) So, take my review with a grain of salt, and note that this is the result of completely butchering the cooking process.

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