Like everyone else waiting to see Chris Bianco and his wood-fired oven, we meandered in and around the area, with a lot of time spent at Bar Bianco next door. It’s an old little house that doubles as a wine bar and makes a great hangout spot, especially since it has air conditioning. It’s kind of like hanging out at a friend’s house, but you have to pay for the drinks.
Once we were seated at the bar, we took in the evening’s entertainment. Bianco really focuses on his work, and he is responsible for every pizza that comes out of the place. He looks tough and unfriendly, but he did catch us longingly gazing at him once, and he politely smiled back in a welcoming way. He knows he has the best pizza in the area, but we think he still appreciates the folks who line up for it night after night.
As for the pizza, it was everything it was rumored to be and more. We enjoyed the Biancoverde—their take on the white pie—and the Sonny Boy, a pizza that added salami and olives to the sauce along with fresh mozzarella. The crust was chewy yet delicate and had a slight char on the bottom and edges, something that we’ve always been fond of. We'd return, like everyone else, time and again for it, although now we've learned our lesson to bring a lawn chair and start our wait right after lunch.
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