By JOHN E. BIALAS
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
1:15 p.m. Time for my third annual Cruisin’ the Coast with Bubba and Nancy, who pick me up at my house for a ride in Bubba’s classic car to make a trip from Gulfport to Bay St. Louis and then a stop in Long Beach before I get back home.
The reason for the stop in Long Beach: Lunch at Joe’s Italian Ristorante on Klondyke Road.
I ordered the sausage calzone, Bubba got a pepperoni pizza and Nancy went for the chicken parmesan.
When the delicious-looking food was brought to the table, I knew I would be in the zone. Actually, I knew I would be in the double zone because I got two huge calzones that could feed four people.
I ate about two-thirds of one calzone and it was a platonic and abundant experience.
The giant roll included provolone
The sausage was in the form of crumbles, and there were a lot of crumbles, and they were quite tasty.
A cup of marinara topped with parmesan for dipping or pouring came with the calzones and the marinara was savory and a little chunky and it was so addictive, I would like a
Bubba’s pizza looked so good I had to take a picture for this post and make it a reminder for me to get a pizza my next time at Joe’s.
This was my second time at Joe’s, the first being when I went with Bubba and Nancy during Cruisin’ in 2018.
I made a promise to myself I would not wait until Cruisin’ in 2020 to go back.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
I waited just one week for a return trip to Joe’s, this time for takeout at 6 p.m.: Pepperoni pizza with double cheese and one order of garlic rolls.
I forgot to mention that me, Bubba and Nancy got garlic rolls the week before and they were excellent.
After I brought my takeout home, I had one of the excellent rolls and then two slices of pizza.
The first thing I think of when I get a pizza is this: You have got to trust in the crust. I trust in Joe’s crust. It could stand alone as a meal. It’s that good, especially the ends of the crust.
Bubba has a theory I have never heard of. It’s the ingredients-to-crust ratio with 80-20 being the best.
My pizza was 80-20. I don’t know if it was because of the roll I had before the slices, but the pizza tasted buttery and garlicky and I really like buttery and garlicky. The slices were light and thin and I felt like I could eat three or four more.
Oh yeah, the pizza was peppy, too, and enough is left over that my dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, will be buttery, garlic