Pasadena: Getting Pizza at The Luggage Room
I’ve been hearing about Luggage Room for a few years now. Although I knew it was a pizzaria I was still surprised by the menu. They serve mostly pizza with a handful of salads and other starters. I thought they would have pasta or other Italian dishes but this is strictly a pizza place. The three of us each got a pizza though one could probably feed two comfortably, especially if you got a salad to share.
We started with the bacon-almond dates stuffed with goat cheese. I might have to try my hand at making these simple bites. I loved the goat cheese with the slightly sweet dates and the almonds gave it a nice crunch.
My friend wanted to get the kale and quinoa salad which I was reluctant at first. I was thinking about the chopped salad with salumi but she had it before and said the kale was better. It turned out the kale was very good. It was lightly dressed with good olive oil. The quinoa didn’t bog down the kale and added to the general attractive plating.
I usually go for either sausage (with onion and green pepper) pizza or mushroom pizza. Yes, I like other kinds but those are my go-tos. I opted for the Mushroom Party, a blend of both oyster and crimini mushrooms. There was also shaved fennel and sweet onion. I wished the fennel and onion had been roasted more. It wasn’t quite crunchy nor was it softened enough but in a weird in-between state. But the biggest culinary crime was the mushrooms were under-seasoned and tasted slightly sour. I only had about a slice and half. I couldn’t even finish my second slice and was encouraged into stealing slices from my friends’ pizzas.
One of my friends got the Shattuck Avenue; a beautiful pizza with burrata, piquillo peppers and roasted garlic. This would be the vegetarian pizza I’d recommend.
My other friend got the Gladiator with Lindy & Grundy sausage and Salumeria Biellse pepperoni. This was awesome and my favorite.
All three pizzas though had really great crust. I like it when pizza is slightly chewy with crust I actually want to eat.
Next time I’ll try the Fallen Angel (Lindy & Grundy sausage, shaved fennel and roasted peppers) or the simple Margherita.
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