BAR: the art of pizza

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Is there a basil shortage I didn’t know about?

After going to New Haven’s City Wide Open Studios and hearing an amazing artist sing a song about pizza, heading to a pizza place was mandatory! BAR was not too far away and it was early enough for it not to be overcrowded on a Saturday night.

My friend and I decided to be purists and ordered a regular red sauce with mozzarella, adding only basil. I truly believe pizza should be reviewed in its truest form as the addition of toppings can mask a poor quality basic pizza.

When our baking sheet arrived, it was looking delicious! But where was the basil? I mean, there were a few pieces on it, but just not enough. Some pieces (they do not cut actual slices) didn’t have any. Do you need to order double basil? That seems kind of ridiculous.

Aside from the missing basil, the pizza was delicious. I’ve decided that the minimal crust is really just a vehicle for delivering cheese, and whatever toppings you’ve ordered. I would called it a hint of crust, in fact! This is probably why the pizza is served on the baking sheet, because otherwise it would fall apart. The cheese is high quality so I’m fine with their approach.

I do love the pizza at BAR, but as mentioned earlier it’s often crowded so I don’t go here too often. Parking can also be a challenge.


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