Last weekend I visited Niagara Falls. It seems to be on its way to becoming an annual trip, as I was there around this time last year as well.
Last year we took a ride on the Maid in the Mist to get up close and personal with the falls. As cool as it was to get blasted with the mist from the falls, I was thoroughly unprepared in the wardrobe department, and the blue ponchos we were provided only did so much to help. Nevertheless, it was a great experience. However, I will admit I did enjoy staying slightly more dry this year and observing the falls from a little farther away.
After I returned to New Jersey, Mike came down to visit for the week. We decided to give ourselves a break from making dinner at home and treat ourselves to dinner out at Nomad Pizza in Hopewell, NJ.
I was extremely excited when I saw how much cheese there was. It was like a soft cloud of snow on top of a bed of beautiful greens. Simple and light – a great first course for a pizza dinner.
We selected the Spicy Sausage Pizza – Italian tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese (key if you want to be at the top of my best pizzas list), fresh basil, Renaissance Sausage spicy sausage, caramelized onions, parmesan, olive oil, and sea salt.
This was a perfect pizza. I absolutely love fresh mozzarella on a pizza. It reminds me of Italy, and I think it just makes the pizza that much better. The spicy sausage was just crumbly enough, with the perfect amount of spice. The fresh basil added a refreshing burst to each bite. I also loved the crust – firm and crispy enough in the center to support the toppings but very chewy on the outside without being too thick and heavy. And then there were the caramelized onions – in my opinion, they were what really brought the pizza to the next level of amazingness. They were dropped onto the pizza in small mounds, they had a delicious caramelized sweetness, and they absolutely melted in your mouth.
I love it when food inspires me, and this pizza, especially those onions, certainly inspired me to try my hand at caramelizing some onions in the near future.
Seriously though, this was an amazing pizza. I would highly recommend it.