Happy weekend everyone!
On Friday night the Quality Assurance Guy (QAG) and I headed out for dinner. Sounds easy, right? Well, not always.
I have adopted a plant-strong diet. The QAG has adopted a plant-strong halfsies diet. He has cut back on the amount of diet soda consumed, processed lunch meat eaten, and chocolate chip cookies devoured. (Unfortunately that means that some of my baking tools are collecting dust.)
When we dine out, it is a little bit of a production. I always appreciate that he suggests we find someplace that will cater to both of our tastes. Dining out for pizza isn’t always that easy. QAG would prefer pepperoni, I’d prefer green peppers. It’s rare to find a pizzeria that will allow for a halfsies pizza–half meat-lovers, half veggie-lovers.
Our luck turned last night when we stumbled upon Villa Dolce Gourmet Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Middleton, WI. We stopped in to look at the menu, spoke with the owner, and took a quick look at the dining rooms. The pizzeria has a really fun and cozy atmosphere; great decor and lighting that makes for a casual dining experience.
When our waitress started answering our myriad of menu questions, the first thing I told her was that I was going to be difficult–regardless of what I ordered, I’d ask for modifications. Her response, “No problem.” The best news of all, we could get a halfsies pizza. No issue, no extra charge. Mamma Mia! Our halfsies creation was half Garden of Villa (grilled zucchini, red peppers, eggplant, tomato, mushrooms, minus the mozzarella) and half Meat Lovers (prosciutto, Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, tomato sauce, mozzarella).
As you can tell, we loved the pizza. Sometimes plant-strong at a restaurant isn’t filling or satisfying; this pizza was both. It’s worth pointing out that the plant-strong side did not leave the Exxon Valdez oil slick that the meat lovers side created. Oh boy!
We’ll certainly be back at Villa Dolce. The pizzeria has an extensive pizza, pasta, and salad menu. I’m sticking to the veggie pizza! If you find yourself in the middle of Middleton, WI, check it out!
Question: How do you handle dining out with others who don’t necessarily share your eating habits?
(Note: We were not compensated for the dinner at Villa Dolce and paid our own way.)