It's not all that often my mum will be interested in going out somewhere to eat these days, or checking out somewhere so specifically. Both she and dad, since they are both excellent cooks, much prefer how much cheaper it is to cook at home.
But, when something does pique my mum's interest, I'm more than happy to stoke her curiosity!
So on one of the first day's in September, where a promise of summer was in the air and my legs were bare for the first time in quite a while (ooh la la!), we popped down to Rita's Cafeteria for a spot of pizza.
The cafeteria swirled in aromas of cheese and baked bread as you stepped in, I happened to be in one of those 'hangry' food blogger moods (as recently brought up by Poppet's Window), and the smell just drove me wild!
Rita's has got that kind of chic-pizzeria look a lot of new places seem to have these days. Clean white kitchen tiles, warm wood everywhere else. It's got that clean but rustic and homely feel.
They happened to be out of gluten free bases (this seems to be happening so often these days…), so we just opted for a regular pizza.
We got the mushroom offering, in the medium size I think (whatever is the smaller of the two offerings), and ah, there was a hint of truffle oil which just drove the senses mad.
I loved how cheesy it was, with the cheese stretching around all over the place and the toppings were great, fresh and quite abundant. I think I found the base a little firmer than I'm used to, not something I minded, but just something a bit different.
One other thing I loved was the portion size. The pizza (which I think was 11 inches maybe?), was cut into quarters, meaning that mum and I got to have two slices each and we were quite comfortable after that. So for a guy, maybe a large pizza might be the way to go, but for a girl's lunch out, medium is a perfectly appropriate size to be naughty, but in moderation.
Oh a whole, I quit enjoyed the light and bright vibe Rita's had at lunch. I look forward to popping by again to try out the gluten free offering, provided it's in this time!
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