Friday, February 3, 2012

stone hearth & clown shoes

Everything you need to know about Stone Heath Pizza Co. can be read in this post from a dinner at their Porter Square, Cambridge location last June. Refresher: tasty organic pizzas, fantastic craft beers, killer meatballs, passionate owners and a deep dedication to locally sourcing ingredients and products. (Including - Clown Shoes Beer, Pete & Gerry's Eggs and Firenze Gelato). Last Wednesday Stone Hearth played host to about 20 bloggers at their newest location in a Citgo Gas Station turned modern pizza parlor in Allston. Clown Shoes takes an unpretentious, unabashed approach to brewing beer and they are doing so locally in Ipswich, MA. The Clementine is a zesty Belgian style white ale, it acts as a refreshing aperitif and pairs perfectly with the light, clean salads served ranging from Spinach and Avocado ($6.95) to the Fennel Salad ($6.95) where the shaved anise flavored vegetable accompanies black olives over crispy romaine hearts.
The India Pale Ale which Clown Shoes describes as "seductive" and "bodacious" is aptly titled Tramp Stamp and the Brown Angel is dubbed "A sexy American interpretation of an old-school brown ale." I love their sense of humor and predict good things for beer this good. I can't wait to see where else they show up around town. These beers pair exceptionally well with the pizzas and additionally the skinny strips of garlic olive oil infused Parmesan Flatbread ($3) served with Melanzana ($4) a sweet roasted eggplant spread. Definitely preface some pizzas with the pop-able Cheddar Covered Olives ($5). Cloaked in a cheddar cheese dough these plump green olives stuffed with sun dried tomatoes are baked giving them a light and healthy quality. Speaking of pop-able, you would also be wise to order some housemade mozzarella cheese stuffed Meatball Poppers ($.8.50) in either their spicy or signature tomato sauce, or a creamy roasted onion and herb sauce. Oven fired at 600 degrees, the pizza crusts embody an inherent crispiness, with just a little char and a hint of chew. Get your fill of greens in the Divine Goddess a mash up of spinach and broccoli highlighted by local ricotta cheese. The Farm Fresh uses a mozzarella cheese base and packs on worthy vegetables including cherry tomatoes, charred red and yellow peppers, artichoke hearts, Yukon gold potatoes and green olives. The toppings are evenly dispersed over the thin crust so they never seem to weigh the pizzas down. Original creations incorporating some meat include the Bacon & Blue and the Prosciutto & Pineapple. Both are table favorites. We also got to try Firenze's Purple Sweet Potato gelato, wonderfully colored and wildly flavored, this frozen confection company is onto something.

It was great to see lots of friends and eat delicious foods (and catch up over a pitcher of St Germain cocktails afterwords at Russel House Tavern!) Many thanks Stone Hearth for all they do, keep up the admirable and honest work.
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21 comments:

Meghan said...

I am sad I missed the gelato. . . I will just have to return soon. I have been craving Stone Hearth pizza all week!

Elizabeth said...

Their food and the people make me so happy. Love it

Megan said...

I love your pictures. This was so much fun! And so was sharing that pitcher of SGCs. :)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

You know my love for SHP. It looks like you ladies had a wonderful meal!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Awesome pics! I want more gelato. And pizza. And fine, beer. ;)

Shannon said...

love stone hearth, and i never get sick of their thin crust pizzas :) even better when the company is so stand-up!

Tracey said...

I obviously need to get over the Cambridge more. This looks like such as fun place!

Lin @ BeantownEats said...

I was disappointed when I couldn't get out of work in time to make this. Everything looks incredible!

Hogger and Co. said...

WOW, clown shoes sounds hilarious - my hubby would love that they brew locally. We'll have to check them out.
Great photos - I love visiting your blog for where to eat in MA!

Jenny Woolf said...

Great looking pizzas. But I never heard of turning a gas station in to a pizza parlour before....

Amber said...

So you can get gas and pizza? That is certainly one stop shopping.

MelissaNibbles said...

The divine goddess sounds delicious!

Simply Life said...

I've really been wanting to try their food- good to know about the new location! Thanks!

Kevin L said...

MMMM Love Love Love Boston Pizza. New follower on GFC

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Have a great day )

Kevin L said...

MMMM Love Love Love Boston Pizza. New follower on GFC

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Have a great day )

Jen said...

The food looks great and I love that the location used to be a gas station!

Ameena said...

I love the quirky name of this restaurant! And it looks delicious. Everything. :)

Happy Sunday my friend!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Wow your photos are so much better than mine! This was a fun night, I just used the eggs this a.m!

Ola said...

the pizzas look so delicious!

BoozeinBoston said...

That gelato looks fabulous!

MOLLY GALLER said...

Your photos came out beautifully! I love the design and layout of the review and the pictures, especially the line up of the bottle labels! It was so great to finally meet you in person! Look forward to dining together again soon!