Our third visit to Casella's (1107 Emmet Street in Charlottesville) was especially memorable because there was a large group of Coast Guard JAGs (military lawyers) there, happily celebrating the completion of a week's special training at the UVA Judge Advocate General's School. Good vibrations flowed forth from the JAG assemblage.
To start our supper, three of my family members and I ordered Casella's pleasant little house salads. The greens and other vegetables were nice and fresh, and this time the croutons were less hard than on our earlier visits. I requested crackers but was told that none were available. (I didn't think to ask for bread instead….)
After the salads, our waitress Gabrielle brought the boys' pepperoni pizza, our daughter's meat stromboli, and one slice each of the veggie pizza for Henry and me.
The boys enjoyed the pepperoni pizza.
The contents of Sarah's stromboli (Italian sausage, pepperoni, grilled fresh mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and mozzarella cheese) tasted good. The smallish serving of meat sauce was better with the addition of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and parmesan cheese. (In the accompanying photo, the container of meat sauce appears large because it is in the foreground.)
“Perfect” describes the crust on the superb veggie pizza. (The crust on the boys' pizza was a bit tough/chewy, and the crust on Sarah's stromboli was over-browned.) Onions, green peppers, and mushrooms, plus a good tomato-ey sauce, and not-at-all rubbery cheese added up to make our veggie pizza platonic.
Henry and I enjoyed the house red wine; our sons ordered soft drinks. Sarah stuck with water and a lemon slice.
Overall, the meal was quite satisfying, our waitress sweet, and the ambience jolly.
A fine time was had by all.
Copyright © 2006 Patricia B. Mitchell.