Back to Fiamma

As regular readers of this blog will surely know, Fiamma on Buffalo Road has been one of my favorites since my first visit there in October 2012. So it didn’t take any arm-twisting to get me to accept an invitation for my wife and me to join two friends there for dinner on New Year’s Eve.
After being seated, we shared some appetizers, a Caprese salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella, and a plate of mussels in a spicy tomato sauce. They were very good, but I did not want to overdo it on the antipasti, or the complimentary bread, because I was saving room for the pizza.
Fiamma is not just a pizzeria; it’s a full-service restaurant, and they offer several pasta, meat and fish dishes. I don’t doubt that those are very good, but I simply can’t bring myself not to order pizza when I’m there.
I was leaning toward the Montanara pizza, which is topped with sliced potatoes, among other things, but instead – maybe it was the festive holiday mood – I decided to try the stella, which is unique among Fiamma’s pizzas. The crust is formed into an eight-pronged star, and each prong is wrapped around a nugget of smoked buffalo mozzarella. The whole pie is topped with mozzarella, olives, sausage, arugula and cherry tomatoes.
The pizza was so pretty, I hated to cut into it. But after taking the leftovers home, I realized that the individual slices made for very nice Christmas-tree-shaped pizza.
The toppings provided contrasting flavors, which varied from one bite to the next: a bit of saltiness from the olives, some sweetness from the tomatoes, and the underlying bitterness of the arugula. But there …read more

Source:: Rochester NY Pizza