A Bite of Italy in New Mexico
I’m something of a pizza snob, I don’t deny it. All my life I have been a huge fan of pizza. Though, let’s be honest who isn’t. Right? Well back home in my little home town on Acton, MA there was this little pizza shop that indisputably made the best pizza in town. My Dad would do his best to tell you otherwise but he’s just wrong and will have to admit it now that it’s published. Anyways, it was packed every day lunch and dinner. Just a small mom and pop shop making real Italian style pizza in a brick oven. And, they made some out of this world buffalo chicken pizza which was just to die for.
Ever since I’ve moved away from home, I’ve been searching for a pizza place that can rival that little shop. Today I found it. And even better it is a winery too! In recent months I have started drinking more wine to expand my palate and have been doing my best to learn about the different kinds of wines as well as what to pair with them etc. A huge resource for this has been Club W, but I’ll get into that more on another Tuesday. Regardless, I’ve been drinking more wine and less Beer recently and am officially a fan of good wine.
So naturally today when I found a location that both amazing pizza and amazing wine, of course I was stoked! The place I’m talking about is Luna Rossa Winery in Las Cruces, NM. It is indisputably the best pizza in Las Cruces, NM. I’ve tried several other places that have been recommended to me and they do not compare. Truth be told, I have not been to every pizza place outside Las Cruces, but it’s going to be damn hard to be Luna Rossa’s pizza around here.
The wine was fantastic. I wish I knew enough about it and had enough experience drinking it to be able to tell you more about the specific flavors and the body of the wine I had while I was there. But you were just have to go an experience it for yourself. I got the Cabernet Sauvignon and it was a great dry red wine. The price was affordable at $6 and a heavy poor. I was feeling it after just the one glass! They were offering a selection of 25 wines all grown and made at their facility.
I got the Quattro Fromagi pizza and it was divine. It has Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Brie, and Grana cheese. The combination of a creamy, tangy, and a sweat cheese very unique and left me wanting more. The crust was thin and had just the right amount of chew to it and the sauce was delightful as well. The real highlight was the flavor combination of different cheeses though!
The general feel of the place was very pleasant. You walk in through a nice walled in courtyard with ivy growing along the walls and sitting tables spaced around for dining out in the cool breezy night. Indoors there is a small and intimate feel with wooden tables, chairs, flooring and wooden racks of wine along the walls. Tables are throughout the space with a small bar area where a couple patrons are chatting with the wait staff while doing some wine tasting. They offer wine tasting during all business hours. It is $5 for five flights of wine to sample their selection. And naturally, they allow you to purchase wine by the bottle as well.
I wish I knew more about wine and could tell you details about their wine selection. Rest assured though that it was good! And you should definitely stop at Luna Rossa Winery if you are in Las Cruces, NM and like pizza or wine! Also, if you are at all interested in learning more about wine and expanding your palate check out Club W. I’ll make a post about that explaining exactly what it is next week.