Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Trattoria E Pizzeria de Enrico in Columbia
Trattoria E Pizzeria de Enrico is a casual institution around here. It's part of a small group of Italian spots, and it was one of the first places that people recommended when they started to comment on HowChow.
Last week, we ordered a whole pizza because fresh always seems better than the slices that they sell individually. Way too much for two -- especially because we split a calzone beforehand. This is pizza with the basics -- cheese, sausage, and thin-sliced mushrooms. We dug in.
No grease spots. That's how you can tell Trattoria kicks out pizzas with more ambition than the chains. Even cooling, the cheese stays delicious. The crust stays crisp, but still chewy with a thick sauce and the right balance of all the ingredients. With the calzone, you get an extra cup of sauce for dunking. Trattoria doesn't sell new jack pies like Coal Fire or Facci, but I plowed through at least one slice too many because that made a great dinner.
Oddly, it made a totally different leftover. After a day in the fridge, the dough flattens. Reheated, it crisped into something thin and more like Coal Fire. Delicious in round two as well.
What is your pizza place? I can't enough pies to tour the entire county. Amazing to think that I ate pizza five days a week through college. I am shocked that I survived two in a week now. I'm convinced that Facci and Coal Fire sell the gourmet pizza around here. Trattoria does the best standard pies that I know. Where else?
Trattoria E Pizzeria Da Enrico
8630 Guilford Rd
Columbia, MD 21046
NEAR: This is in the King's Contrivance Village Center. This is south of Rte 32 and east of Rte 29. King's Contrivance has the new Harris Teeter, a Bagel Bin, and a CVS. Take the Eden Brook Drive / Shaker Drive exit from Rte 32. Follow the signs south to Eden Brook Drive, which goes right past King's Contrivance.