And thank gosh we did. Penguin Pizza makes some damn good pies. (Their menu also boasts a variety of other options, including appetizers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes, but the real winner here is the pizza).
The first pie we tried was The Pimento ($11.99 for a medium 14"), topped with roasted red peppers, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, and goat cheese.
The second pie we ordered came highly recommended from our friends: the Roasted Eggplant Pizza ($12.99 for a medium), piled high with roasted eggplant, dollops of creamy ricotta cheese, and fresh basil, all drizzled with a balsamic vinegar glaze.
(Sorry for the photos - I forgot my camera and used my iPhone! #badblogger).
I loved the thinner, crispy crust Penguin Pizza makes. Even though the toppings and cheese were plentiful on each pie, the crust still held up to the weight of the toppings. The smoky eggplant with the rich ricotta and the sweet balsamic vinegar glaze was a divine combination in the Roasted Eggplant Pizza, but I think the Pimento was my favorite. I adored the varying textures (especially the crunch from the broccoli), and how can you not like goat cheese on pizza? It's fantastic.
At Penguin Pizza, all vegetarian pies are marked as such with a "V," and gluten-free and whole wheat crusts are also available for each pie.
In addition to great pizza, Penguin also has a decent draft and bottled beer list, as well as wine.
Needless to say, it was worth venturing into Boston for this meal.
Do you normally venture out of your neighborhood for dinner, or do you stay closer to home?