|Pizza and pasta at Facci|
The Italian restaurant on Johns Hopkins Road has been a popular spot since it opened more than five years ago, but it never welcomed or excited us as much as we expected -- especially since it is one of our closest options.
While I've been slow with the blogging, we have eaten a few times at Facci, and we loved all the dishes. First, we remembered that wood-fired pizza is so much better right out of the oven. We've done take-out a few times. It's good, but Facci's pizza is crunchy magic when it skips right from the fire to your plate.
|The wood-fired oven|
This is part of my "While I've Been Out" series to restart the blog. Late last year, the blog got some serious competition. I'm still working out how to keep writing while I'm doing so many other new things as well. Tomorrow, my suggestion for a great local adventure for exercise and delicious food. (Plus puppies!!!)
Lil's Chow never declines noodles. So he has been pleased by our second discovery: That Facci now makes many more pastas in-house. I assume Facci expanded the pasta-making when they opened a second location in Turf Valley in Ellicott City. Instead of two or three options, there is an entire menu section -- from simple fettuccine through gnocchi and stuffed ravioli.
|Spaghetti with all-the-parmesan-he-can-get|
I'd recommend an exploration even if you're one of the people who hasn't visited in a while. Facci had rough service in the early years. I remember being turned away so brusquely that we didn't return for a long time. But the Facci folks were really great on both visit. On one visit, our waiter worked with the bartender to find a wine that fit exactly what Mrs. HowChow wanted. On both visits, folks have catered to Lil' Chow with multiple cheese gratings -- each Parmesan shower making him happier to suck up his spaghetti.
Facci has changed impressively over the years. They expanded onto a patio. They added a special bar with artisan meats and cheeses. I'm not at a happy hour stage of my life, but I recommend it for anything from fancy dates to casual happy hours, from 5 pm toddler dinner to late-night drinks.
The second Facci is in the Turf Valley shopping center. The original is on Johns Hopkins Road in a shopping center full of food, including Kloby's Smokehouse for barbecue, La Palapa Too for Mexican, and Tandoor Grill for Indian. In the blog's main political statement, I need to emphasize that they aren't in Laurel. The post office thinks they're in Laurel, but the center sits west of Rte 29 just south of Columbia. As I've written, I love Laurel. This just isn't Laurel. This is Tribeco.