Sunday, November 09, 2008

A win win

Last night the Cheetahs held the top-seeded team in the league to a one-all tie, despite the other team appearing as if they were 3rd graders. There was one girl on the team almost as tall as I am! Not that that's saying much, but I was pretty proud of Bean going head to head with a girl who was easily over a foot taller! Bean did get whacked pretty hard in the hand with the ball resulting in her nail being pulled back. Lots of blood and some green faces on the part of the other moms (seriously, it was a squick injury), but no tears and she got right back out there.

Afterwards we went to a little Italian joint called Tony's Pizza and Pasta. Tony's is rapidly becoming my favorite "red sauce" Italian place. First, it's BYOB, None of this 6 bucks for nasty chianti that tastes like drain cleaner smells. Nope, you bring what you like.

They bring out baskets of garlic knots and a big bowl of gorgeous thick marinara for dipping. And they give all the kids a big hunk of pizza dough to play with.

We had eight adults and eight kids and the bill came to 20 bucks a family including a really generous tip. The waiter could not have been nicer and was totally unfazed by a booth of loud six-year-old girls. The rest of the place was loud enough that the girls didn't annoy the rest of the world. It was heaven.

A large meat-eaters special pizza is ten dollars! A house salad is $1.49! You want pasta dishes? They have everything you could ever want and most of them are under $8 and are huge portions. The pizza is thin crust and excellent. The tomato sauce isn't distinctive - which is fine. The toppings are very fresh. I enjoy gourmet pizza, but sometimes I just want a regular, American-style, stringy mozzarella pizza but done on a better level than the delivery guys.

It's not gourmet Italian fine dining. This is a neighborhood joint that specializes in good quality freshly made Italian food that doesn't break the bank. Frankly, the world needs more places like Tony's. And did I mention the BYOB? Because it's BYOB!

I looooooove BYOB!