At Merilu Pizza Al Metro, all pies lead to Rome. This Hell’s Kitchen pizzeria sells tasty Roman-style pizza by the meter (al metro) – but don’t let the metric system fool you! Unlike traditional Neapolitan and New York City round pies, Roman pizza extends long and narrow, so selling it by the length is just another way to say “by the slice.” Merilu, like its predecessors in the Italian capital before, creates unique topping combinations on thin-crusted rectangular pies that fit perfectly into the stone-lined gas-powered deck ovens.
If you can’t eat a whole meter, go for the half! The Margherita is a great Roman-Neapolitan hybrid, combining the traditional high quality ingredients of the Naples toppings with the Roman-style pizza canvas. The homemade creamy fresh mozzarella cheese, plum crushed tomato sauce, and freshly cut basil provide the flavor combination that put Naples style pizza on the map back in the 1580’s. Placing those toppings onto the thin Roman-style crust that evolved in the 1960’s, makes for a delicious meal here in 2014!
Though initially designed to eat on the go in crowded city streets, Merilu also delivers right to your front door. The long thin pies with high quality ingredients can take your pizza party for one or more to the next level. Try creative topping combinations including artichokes and olives on the signature Capricciosa or the Jax-Texan complete with hot sopressata, jalapenos, and red hot pepper flakes for an especially spicy half meter of pizza. If that’s not risky enough, then opt for the Triple Bypass, but you’re on your own.
On a personal note, my cat is a rescue and her given name is Maryloo, so it was fitting when she decided to join me for pizza from Merilu today. Of course, she didn’t eat pizza. Pizza is my treat. She had to settle for fish-shaped feline greenies – which she also recommends.
Sean Taylor has been blogging about pizza since he began his annual Quest for the 31 Days of Pizza in 2002. He also teaches and performs improv comedy at the Magnet Theater. You can follow him on Twitter @seantaylor or visit him at www.seantaylor.us.
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