Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mission Pizza Napoletana

I happily broke my rule of not eating at a restaurants’s opening night last week. We were so excited about Mission Pizza Napoletana coming to Downtown Winston-Salem, plus no one in my house wanted the chicken I had planned and if I didn’t have to cook, even better.

About Mission Pizza, owner Peyton Smith’s vision was born in Naples, nourished with a pizza food truck equipped with a clay oven (known as Forno Moto) and eventually has come to life in the Arts District on Trade Street. Located in the old mission building, which has a new corrugated aluminum facade, inside you’ll find a dimly lit, cozy place with high and low seating, a bar and an open eat-in kitchen with a great view of a massive pizza oven. The Ferrari of pizza ovens, honed from volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius. It cooks a pizza in 90 seconds and at 1000-degrees. So, about that pizza….

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It’s hard to decide which pizza to order. They all have fresh, interesting ingredients. No “supreme” here. With ingredients like, buffalo mozzarella, arugula, pancetta, sopressata, chiles, egg….you pretty much know it’s going to be special.

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Mr. foodie and I shared a Diavola…a bit spicy with sweet sopressata, tomato, fresh moz, chiles, basil and honey. The crust was light, chewy with a barely there char and it was bada boom!!

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Let me also add that there’s not a typical cheesy pizza that you might be used to for the kidlets. And on this menu, if it doesn’t say it has cheese, then it doesn’t come that way, however you can add it. We ordered the Marinara for our kids. At first, they were very skeptical….

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But I scraped that beautiful garlic and basil onto my pizza and those kidlets transformed into cheese-less pizza fans right before our eyes.

Oh and we got dessert. Panna Cotta with wine soaked pears and Tiramisu. But it was devoured by all of us so there’s no picture. And the wee boy who last week suddenly didn’t like Tiramisu, now loves it again. Go figure. This child continues to talk about the pizza and tiramisu. The panna cotta was awesome. So thick, not at all watery or gelatinous. Just custard-y goodness.

Oh and they don’t just have Coke in a bottle, it’s Mexican Coke. Good stuff. It’s a little sweeter than the American version with real sugar. Go ahead and do what I did and let your kidlets have all they want. 🙂 There’s a small selection of Italian wine and craft beer as well.

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So if the opening night is any indication of what awesomeness is in store for the Arts District, then you can be super-excited about getting a taste of Naples. Congrats, Peyton, your patience has been rewarded. It’s about time we had a real pizza place in that section of Downtown.

Look for the corrugated aluminum front of the building…they are still waiting on their sign and their front door is slightly hidden by a little alcove. Oh and the food truck? Still available for when you need the pizza party to come to you.

Mission Pizza Napoletana
707 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem


Beyond the Triad: The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar-Southpark

You know, sometimes you get to  visit a hip and happening place that simply lives up to the hype…don’t you just LOVE when that happens? There’s nothing worse than getting (or giving) a recommendation to a restaurant that has raves and then you get (or the recipient of the rec gets) less than stellar service or food. Happy to say that wasn’t the case at the super popular The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in Charlotte.

My foodie friend, Ashli, told me The Cowfish was one of her favorite places to eat in Charlotte and a few of my blogger friends also recommended it. I can see why…I mean it’s like my two favorite concepts in one place…Sushi or Burger?…at The Cowfish, it’s YES, PLEASE! I’ve been following their growth the past few months after their appearance in Fire in the City so when an occasion to head to Charlotte for an evening of fun presented itself, we excitedly headed to South Park.

It’s definitely a busy place…no need for super passionate food bloggers to encourage folks to eat there. They are there. And for good reason. It’s inviting, invigorating and well…let’s go ahead and talk about food and service.

The menu is huge…you could get overwhelmed…but you have these Cowfish “experts” there that want to “present” the menu. Sarah, our server, shared with us the various sections of the menu, what they meant, what she liked, what was popular and then we were left with the still somewhat daunting task of deciding what to order. We got a cocktail each (me the 1/2 price Itsy Bitsy Tini-Weenie Fresh and Berry Great Martini and Mr. the Bacon Maple Manhattan). We were starving and ordered a fresh and tasty appetizer that hit the spot.


The Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos with 5 crispy wonton chips topped with our famous Crab Rangoon Dip, spring mix, housemade guacamole, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, sliced seared rare blackened Ahi tuna and microgreens. Awesome…so fresh, the crab rangoon dip was marvelous on top, given it a creamy contrast.

Next we decided on two items The Cowfish is known for…a sushi roll and something called Burgushi…which is a sushi roll using beef and burger ingredients in interesting ways. We were intrigued by “The Prime Time” Filet & Lobster Roll which features Filet Mignon, portabella mushrooms, asparagus inside, topped with lump crabcake, baked and drizzed with a spicy cream sauce. Heaven. I’m craving. Typing this is somewhat painful!


Sometimes the iPhone just doesn’t do the beauty of a dish justice does it? Well we had a very dimly lit room which was fabulous and it’s better to not use the flash…but here it is with the flash 🙂
The other roll we ordered was the Tropical Storm Roll, from the regular sushi menu. California roll topped with 3 layers of fresh sashimi (tuna, salmon and yellowtail), then topped with Japanese cream sauce, sweet brown sauce and sriracha. Each pieces is then covered with multi-colored tobiko (flying fish egg) for a fantastic presentation. Served with a side of wasabi yuzu dipping sauce.
That’s The Cowfish’s own descrip from the actual menu. I can’t mess with perfection. It was a terrific presentation and the flavors were bam!
What a great place to spend lunch or dinner. Really great service and food. Top-notch all they way. Locally-owned and they just opened a location in Raleigh. Now if I can just convince them not to let those cities have all the fun and drop a spot right here in the Triad….hmmmm….
For now, when you get Beyond the Triad, you definitely have a sure bet at The Cowfish.
The Cowfish–South Park Charlotte
4310 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC
The Cowfish–North Hills Raleigh
North Hills- CAPTRUST Tower
4208 Six Forks Rd, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC

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