Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Getting a little plumper with Plum

We were invited to come and try out Plum Pizzeria & Bar, which opened last August. We were welcomed warmly by Alex Alexopolous Co-Owner, Executive Chef, and Wine Director. As you may have guessed from his name, he hails from Greece and so does his partner-in-pizza, Adonis Nikoloulis. So why Italian? Well, their experience working at Patsy's in The Village and their passion for Italian wine drew them towards taking what they knew about pizza and improving on it. They make everything they can fresh, in house, including all the sauces, mozzarella, pepperoni, and pasta.

Insalata Caprese
Home made mozzarella, impossibly fresh tomatoes, freshly roasted peppers, house made pesto, a balsamic reduction, and extra virgin olive oil make such a fresh caprese salad that you'd swear it was summer.

Penne Alla Vodka
The bacon added an intense smokey flavor to this house made traditional tomato cream sauce.

Yellow Pumpkin Ravioli with Pistachio Sauce
Seasoned with lots of nutmeg, this dish was voted favorite amongst a few non-cream sauce fans. It was almost sweet enough to be dessert!

Fettuccine Carbonara
Peas, meaty wild mushrooms, and Italian bacon add lots of delicious texture to this light cream sauce. Like with the vodka sauce, the bacon adds an intense, smokey flavor.

Rigatoni all Bolognese
A nice hefty portion of ground veal and beef make this classic and simple tomato sauce my runner up pasta choice.

The Pizzas!
And now we finally get to the pizzas! From front to back: 1/2 plain & 1/2 mushroom & pepper, garlic & pepperoni, and sausage & onions. Surprisingly, my favorite was the pepperoni! Usually I find pepperoni pizza too greasy, but the homemade pepperoni added tons of spice and flavor with none of the unnecessary grease.

No sagging here
Alex told us the secret to his crisp pizzas are the PLUM tomatoes (eh? get it now? Plum!) that he uses, which add lots of yummy, tomato flavor without lots of juices that make a sloppy slice. Plus, the temperature controlled, gas-powered brick oven make sure that the crust comes out to the same satisfyingly snappy texture every single time.
Chocolate Mousse Cake
The desserts at Plum are one of the few things not made in house. Instead Alex has them made by some local pastry chefs that he knows. He allows them complete editorial freedom so the dessert menu changes frequently. We all managed to finish this incredibly rich & decadent slice of cake despite the fact that we had just tried 4 different pastas and pieces of pizza!

We also loved all the wine pairings. For a casual little pizzeria, Plum has an impressive and extensive wine list, because Alex believes you don't have to pay $60+ dollars a plate to enjoy a good wine. This makes it the perfect spot to meet up with good company. It's casual and affordable, but without sacrificing on getting some really well prepared food and a magnificent glass of wine!

*My meal was provided by the restaurant as part of a Press Dinner.

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  1. such a fun and delicious night! now i could really go for another couple slices of that pizza!

  2. Yah I definitely need to go back and just order a pie to be able to enjoy without 4 pasta courses in my belly!