On Tuesday my office was closed due to the madness, and I spent the day inside with my stir-crazy pup. Once the dust (errr- rain?) settled, my friend Kate (who had been stuck inside studying for an exam all day) and I stretched out and ventured over to Beckrew Wine House for some vino and bites.
I had been wanting to try out this Upper Kirby spot ever since it took over the old Tasting Room location and opened back in January.
And here's Kate looking adorable under a dome lamp:
The honey & chevre crostini was light and playful. The sweet truffle honey balanced nicely with the creamy goat cheese chevre and almonds. While the walnut pesto & parmesan crostini was my favorite of the two, this one certainly was also an excellent choice.
Folks, if you've never tried raw honeycomb, I urge you to do so.
The fresh, textured honeycomb - albeit waxy of course - was a delightful treat. Spread atop a piece of bread, the sweet comb was outstanding. It was yet another light, enjoyable starter. Perfect for sharing with a buddy!
Oh, but y'all?
Served with a side of freshly grated parmesan, the funghi pizza is topped with cremini and oyster mushrooms and a light layer of mozzaralla. The mushrooms are incredibly textured, chewy, and pronounced, so if you are a mushroom-hater, do not get this pizza. But if you are a mushroom-lover like me, and you enjoy the intricate composition of mushrooms, this pizza is for you. The asymmetrical, uneven, fluffy dough was actually a welcome, perfect vessel for the 'shrooms and cheese. Also, the pizza was incredibly peppery, which Kate and I were big fans of. The end result was an interesting, unique, careful dish, bursting with flavor and texture. It was by far my favorite thing we ate that night!
(like I ever *actually* need an excuse.)
The lombardia pizza was unfortunately probably my least favorite dish of the evening. Topped with gorgonzola, spinach, and sliced green apple, we were pretty excited about this one, but it ended up falling flat. I expected the spinach to be sauteed, but it was raw and a bit overpowering. I could hardly taste the gorgonzola, a surprising discovery since it's such a pronounced cheese, and the few thiny slivered apples did not do anything to enhance it. I would not order this pizza again.
But I WILL order the funghi pizza again and again and again and again.