“Pizza is a lot like sex. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.”
Well my darlings the pizza I was fortunate enough to taste Tuesday night was decadent good! I had the good fortune to attend one of Austin’s private foodie parties. I was in the right place at the right time when I received an invite by the host and creator of Bola Pizza, Christian Bowers. Christian and his wife Jamie have been perfecting their sauces, crust and ingredients over the past few years. Inviting friends and other local foodie lovers to a bi-monthly party at their home to try Christians latest creations. This soon became a popular gathering of local Austin food bloggers, entrepreneurs and those who truly appreciate food made with love. This is the same impressive duo that bring you Austin Food Journal. Being fairly new to Austin, I know if you are a foodie I am not sharing anything new with you.
When I arrived I found an intimate gathering of friends sharing wine and laughs. I immediately spotted the charming mobile wood fire oven towards the back of the yard. A radiant blue custom tiled oven that gets as hot as 700 degrees to cook the tiny masterpieces in about 3 minutes.
As the sun began to set my belly began to rumble. The fresh smell of basil was in the air tempting me with delights to come. With a frosty Topo Chico in hand I was ready to feast on these pizzas that everyone had been taking about all night. As I watched Christian hand toss the dough and painstakingly place the fresh ingredients on it, I knew this was going to be an extraordinary experience.
The first to come out of the oven was the “Mushroom”; Minced Crimini mushrooms cooked down with Thyme, garlic, shallots and white wine. All that mixed with sweet Ricotta, Mozzarella and black truffle oil. Insert yummy noise here. A savory sliver was all I had before it dissapeared . Luckily another appeared moments later.
The next to come out was the Garlic Two Times .This should be called the Vampire Killer. If you are a garlic fan like me you would appreciate the olive oil poached cloves with sweet ricotta that pair divinely with the peppery arugula and shaved garlic. A garlic lovers dream, just make sure the person your with has one too, otherwise a serious breath mint is in order, but definitely worth every bite.
Christian made two more pizzas over the course of the evening, but the hit of the party and by far my favorite was the Sweet & Sow .Sweet Mission Figs balanced with locally cured Italian style Pancetta. A simple yet heavenly taste of sweet with salty that made my heart skip a beat. Love at first bite! My mouth is watering just typing about this.
The evening came to an end when all the pizza had been eaten, wine had been poured,dessert devoured and hugs given to the host and hostess for their gracious hospitality. I am so fortunate to have taken part of this moveable feast.