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Thursday, October 18, 2012

First Look: Sauce on the Side Tosses Up Fresh Calzones and Salads Downtown

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The menu at Sauce on the Side. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • The menu at Sauce on the Side.

As Porzel tosses a ten-ounce ball of dough into the air to stretch it out to pizza size after taking down an order, Maciariello expertly assembles a "Smokehouse" salad ($6 for a small; $8 for a large) with butter lettuce, charred corn, pancetta, smoked cheddar, pear tomatoes and basil, ensuring that each and every bit gets coated in a bit of housemade ranch dressing.

click to enlarge Brendon Maciariello with a "Smokehouse salad." - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • Brendon Maciariello with a "Smokehouse salad."

The dressings and sauces clearly play an important role but act only as a side note to enhance the vibrant flavor combinations. If you've ever stared at the moon, imagined it made out of cheese and longed to leave teeth marks along its silhouetted edge, now's your chance. The practically football-size, half-moon hand pies come chock-full of evenly distributed cheeses, veggies and meats.

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