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Traveling Gourmand – Broadway Pizzeria (Tuscaloosa)

Still catching up. Man, this is a slump.

There are now two places in Tuscaloosa that I will go to for pizza.

Broadway Pizzeria, on Rice Mine Road just across the Holt-side bridge and two buildings down from where I work, is a very tiny, unassuming little eatery. When you enter, you can see the brick wood-fired pizza ovens in the back of an open, small kitchen and dining area. It’s a very casual establishment, perhaps a little low quality, but none of that matters because, ultimately, you go for the food.

Now, in actuality, I’ve never had their pizza. I’ve only been twice, and they serve enough options to let me forgo getting the pizza. The difference between Broadway and my favorite pizza place, Little Italy, is that Broadway doesn’t serve pizza by the slice. That, and Broadway delivers. You can get a 7-, 12- or 14-inch pizza with a decent variety of toppings, 19 in all. I think Little Italy has more, but the selection is still pretty comprehensive with nine types of meat. They also have sandwiches, pasta, calzones… even muffeletta and a hot dog.

The first time I went, I had their baked spaghetti. Meat sauce was extra, but the spaghetti came out in this tin about 6 inches across, completely caked with cheese. And by completely caked with cheese, I mean this looked like crème brûlée, but with a layer of cheese instead of sugar. The sauce was perhaps not as zesty as I prefer mine to be, but it wasn’t bad. The dish also came with toasted garlic bread, and it was some of the tastiest bread I’ve ever had. Perfect crunch to softness ratio, as well as a very wonderful, but not overpowering, garlic, salt and spices flavor.

The second time I went, I ordered the calzone.

Fair warning: The calzones are MASSIVE.

This thing was about 12 to 14 inches across, as though they had just taken a big pizza and folded it in half. The calzone came with some warm marinara sauce, which was delicious. They can have up to six toppings inside, from the same toppings list as the pizza. I had sausage, pepperoni and jalapeno peppers, and that meal was lunch and dinner for me. Still, before I realized how ridiculously big the calzone was going to be, I had ordered a slice of their cheesecake. Now, I find it unfortunate that cheesecake is always a bit expensive… particularly because it’s my dessert vice. If somewhere serves cheesecake, I will probably buy it. I’ve even had cheesecake shipped from New York’s Junior’s Cheesecake. Now, Broadway’s cheesecake isn’t the best I’ve ever had, but that’s because I’ve had Junior’s. If you like cheesecake even a little bit and happen to be in New York City, do yourself a favor and try Junior’s cheesecake. It is phenomenal. So, it’s not Broadway’s fault that it isn’t the best. Broadway’s is really quite good, though. The crust was fantastic and moist, and the cake itself had a good depth of flavor, though not as rich as I tend to like it.

All in all, these guys seem to know how to cook. I’ve only been twice, but I’ve had great meals both times, and neither were their specialty. And I’ve never heard someone complain about their food. I think I might try them for lunch when I go to work this week. It’s definitely not a bad choice.

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Sing, Sang, Sung – “Mutiny Below” By Ludo

Okay. I really hate doing this when I don’t have anything legit and meaningful (or fake legit/meaningful) to say, but I hate putting up a post that says “I don’t have anything to say” even more. I’ve spent most of the day re-watching “How I Met Your Mother” episodes and finally watching “TRON: Legacy” (which was awesome, by the by, and please someone tell me I’m not the only one that thought creepy British guy with cane looked similar to Tom Hiddleston, the actor who plays Loki in “Thor” and “The Avengers”), and precisely nothing has happened today to spur my argumentative bone. I have some things I want to write about, but today, I wasn’t really feelin’ it.

So, instead, I ended up going out to eat at my favorite pizza place (and possibly favorite place, especially to eat alone, that isn’t Ruan Thai) in Tuscaloosa, “Little Italy” in hopes of finding something to do. Or playing some GTA IV on my laptop. On the way there, I listened to my mp3 player, on which played the song “Mutiny Below” by Ludo, one of my favorite bands.

The song is about ex-lovers. One, the singer, who is trying to finally get over the other, who left. And now, the one that left has come back, wanting one more night together.

Not fun, that’s for sure.

Anyway, I’ve mentioned the band before at least once, and I’m quite likely going to mention them again many times. For now, it is what I offer to you. Please enjoy.

“Mutiny Below” – Ludo

Here I am at home again
This rainy avenue
Put me in my proper place
I’m not the one for you
But you’re here now
Can you come in
It’s freezing

I found a way to burn your face
And sear the words you said
You made me feel alive again
I wish we’d never met
But you’re here now
Can you come in
I’m freezing

I finally let go
And learned to live without you
After all those weeks alone
But now you’re back for more
I’m trying to fight it off
But there’s a mutiny below

There were nights when I was sure
Your love was all I had
Pining at the door you left through
God it hurt so bad
But you’re here now
You’re making eyes
I’m breaking

I finally let go
And learned to live without you
After all those weeks alone
But now you’re back for more
I’m trying to fight it off
But there’s a mutiny below
I finally let go
But there’s a mutiny below

Just one more night
You ask so tenderly
A softer side
I’d longed so long to see, yeah
So long
You slip inside
We’ll work it out
Tomorrow

I finally let go
And learned to live without you
After all those weeks alone
And now you’re back for more
I’m trying to fight it off
But there’s a mutiny below
I finally let go (I can’t)
I’m trying to fight it off (Live without you)
But there’s a mutiny
If I’m left by myself
I can’t hang on
Let me go

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