Ken Leighton 3:37 p.m., June 18
A Pizza New Zealand
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But the main thing is the opulence. Serious-looking art on the walls.
Feel like a lawyer at his club here. Carla would love this.
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…?