Pastaria x Southern
I don't often write about a single item on a menu, but there are times when I deem it necessary. This is one of those times. This is a food Public Service Announcement...though it's kind of a crappy one, since the pizza is already off the menu. My hope is that we'll see its triumphant return sooner than later and you'll be ready to go get it. If you didn't know, Pastaria has announced they're opening a location in Nashville. In honor of this, they've crafted a very special pizza of the day, a collaboration with Southern, St. Louis' own Nashville Hot Chicken joint.
I went in aiming to only eat this pizza, but two donuts were forced upon me. I was helpless. I had to try them. The one of the left is a bomboloni filled with a goat cheese pastry cream and raspberry swirl, while the one on the right is just your traditional (enormous) glazed donut. Once again, Anne Croy makes something delicious. This is like being surprised that Daniel Day Lewis had a great performance in a film.
The Pastaria-Southern mashup pizza was made as follows: one normal cheese pizza topped with spicy fried chicken skins, housemade pickles, and a lime buttermilk dressing. I've bitched and moaned about wanting a buffalo chicken pizza, my old college favorite, and here it is. The greatest I've ever had. It doesn't take the #1 slot away from the Salume Beddu nduja pizza, but it is very, very close.
If you've had a Pastaria pizza and you've had Southern's fried chicken, you know how good this pizza was. I don't need to rub it in your face. I don't need to tell you how how delicious each crunchy chicken skin was when eaten with the creamy dressed and the sharply sweet pickles.
All we can do now is hope that the Pastaria team will bring it back for an extended stay. Fingers crossed.