Republican party? Democratic party? Pizza party! We may not be able to agree on much as Americans but we can agree on one thing – pizza is life. As a self-proclaimed pizza snob, I tend to be really picky about my pizza. But when my foodie friend Nate planned a pizza party at Taverna San Marco, I bought a ticket right away. Six courses of gourmet pizza? Sign me up!
Taverna opened in San Marco in 2009 by husband and wife team Chef Sam Efron and Wine Director Kiley Wynne Efron. The Taverna San Marco menu is seasonal and offers a fresh perspective on Italian food. The regular Taverna San Marco menu features three different pizzas but Chef Efron created an additional three pizzas to showcase his culinary talents with rustic Italian fare.
First Course: Amuse Bouche
Mushroom, goat cheese, and truffle crostini. This delightful little appetizer wasn’t exactly pleasing to the eye but it was delicious to the tastebuds. But I mean really, is anything that includes truffles bad? Nope.
Second Course: Fungi Pizza
Ricotta, roasted mushrooms, truffle, fontina, and thyme. This was by far my favorite pizza of the night. We kicked things off with a bang. The mushrooms were fragrant, the crust was chewy, the cheese blend was on the money. More fungi pizza, please!
Third Course: Soppressata Pizza
Italian dry salami, fried egg, house-made mozzarella, and san marzano tomato. I am not a fan of eggs in any form. I’ve just never developed a taste for them. (I’ve tried, I swear!) So the egg was pointless to me but the rest of the pizza was good. I really, really liked the sauce.
Fourth Course: Chef’s Choice
Arugula, shaved fennel, anchovies, kalamata olives, and shaved parmesan. (And probably some other ingredients I’ve forgotten.) What the world is this salad doing on top of my pizza? Just when I think I’m a foodie, I try something like this and realize I don’t like quite as many things as I thought. But those kalamata olives though… #pregnancycravings
Fifth Course: Meatball Pizza
Meatballs, red onion, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Another solid pizza choice from Chef Efron. The meatball slices were zesty and fresh.
Sixth Course: S’Mores Pizza
Honey ricotta, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham cracker crumble. Bring on the dessert courses! This pizza was as good as you imagine it would be. Needed more chocolate in my opinion but otherwise delicious and sticky and gooey and yum!
Seventh Course: Caramel Apple Pie
Honey ricotta, salted caramel, and aged gouda. This pizza was just… weird. (Or maybe I was just really full.) Either way I feel like the chef missed the mark with this pizza. But you can’t please ’em all I guess. Bring me another slice of fungi pizza!
Overall, I was really impressed with the freshness of the pizzas. I might not have been a huge fan of all the toppings but that was easily solved with a fork. (Deconstructed pizza is better anyway, right?) I can’t wait to stop back by and try out the regular menu at Taverna.
For more information on hours, specials, and menus, visit taverna.restaurant (yes, that’s their full website address!) or swing by their location in the heart of San Marco.