I must be the world's ugliest pregnant woman. My food adventures of late have done things to my body I previously thought it took sperm and an egg to accomplish. First a number of visits to pizzeria Piranija, and now more of the same to Picu darbnīca. But that's okay. Everything for you, dear readers. In obesitas veritas.
”i must be the world's ugliest pregnant woman”
So, my body is no longer my temple, but my bean bag. Is my art worth making this kind of sacrifice for, or has the experience actually been pleasurable? If you've read my review of Piranija, you'll know that I enjoyed that one. And yes, I'm happy to say that Picu darbnīca rubbed me the right way too.
The much thicker crust at this pizzeria makes the pizzas more of a crossover between the European, thin crust style pizza and the American/pan pizza style. But just like Piranija, Picu darbnīca suffers a bit from a rather dull menu. Most of the pizzas are just various combinations of two handfuls of ingredients*. Therefore, how much you'll appreciate the pizzas at this joint is highly dependent on which pizza you choose (duh...). I tried the Funghi pizza, and... well, let's just say that there's a natural limit for how tasty cheese and mushroom on bread can be. Instead, one of the more adventurous ones, the New York (with garlic sauce and two kinds of meat), became my favorite. The garlic sauce really provided the extra complexity that many pizzas are lacking. The oddly-shaped, flat Calzone might look like it's been run over by a trolley bus, but it was pretty satisfactory on the tongue. I was a bit more hesitant towards the Happy Shrimp pizza (shrimp, tuna, olives, onion), though. I didn't quite get what's so happy about it. Also, how much you'll appreciate the pizzas depends on how well you can withstand the heavy onslaught of cheese. If you don't start feeling slightly nauseous after about half a pizza, it's a sign that you should probably start eating more healthy. They might want to consider easing up on that stuff.
”in obesitas veritas”
Overall, I'm happy to find another alternative to the massively overpriced pizzas you will get at Čili Pica and the expensive and small pizzas that many Italian restaurants have on offer. Picu darbnīca serves tasty and affordable pizzas which will easily make two separate meals, if you're a person of smaller stature. Just remember to stay away from the most simple ones.
* how about adding a kebab or falafel pizza with spicy sauce, white kebab sauce, piri piri and fresh garlic? A Greek style gyros pizza with tzatziki?