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Is pizza going up-market?

It sure looks it here. Jes’ popped in around nine at night. Place looked so danged enticing, what with its little white portico and red barn paint job.

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This is Park Blvd Wine & Pizza (4615 Park Blvd, between Madison Ave. and Spalding Place; 619-546-7430).

And they kinda promise pizza as, like, something to go with your wine. OK. I'll bite.

Nice and woody inside, chocolate walls, lots of hanging glasses, shiny granite sit-up counter. Actually, pretty upmarket wine-barish.

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Startin’ to sweat a little. May be over my head. But Dustin gives me a menu and I see the pizzas are pretty dang reasonable.

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Dustin

Entry-level 10-inch pizza with “house made sauce” and mozzarella is $7.50. Sausage, peppers, onions, and jalapeños is $9.50.

Actually, I just want a snack at this late hour. Dustin points out three appetizer-type pizzas – they call them flatbreads - that go for $6.50. Great!

There’s the lemon-roasted chicken flatbread, a “medley of mushroom,” and one with roasted tomatoes.

I go for the chicken, and the cheapest glass of red, a zin for $5.75.

Head through a door to their “patio,” actually a passageway up beside the little house.

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But boy they’ve done a wonderful job here, transforming it into a long little sitting room with great art on the walls and a beautiful leather couch to sink into.

And coffee table art books, plus photo books about New Zealand. Turns out the owner, Shannon Spearing, is a Kiwi. (Don’t see kiwi on the menu, though there is a Kiwi pork pizza for $10.50.)

My lemon roasted chicken flatbread has garlic, herbs and capers. Love those salty little taste-kickers. And yes, it sure helps that wine go down.

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But the main thing is the opulence. Serious-looking art on the walls.

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Feel like a lawyer at his club here. Carla would love this.

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As I leave, I look up to see what the name was again. Park Blvd Wine &…that’s the only problem. It’s hard to remember. Maybe they should call it Chez Shannon. Chez Kiwi? Sheikh Iwi? Or A Pizza New Zealand…?

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