Meredith: Giuseppe’s Pizzeria
& Ristorante

Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante Meredith NH Pizza MargheritaThe skinny: On a gorgeous weekend day, we decided to drive north. We chose Giuseppe’s in Meredith so we could sit outdoors and enjoy the weather.

(There really aren’t that many places to eat pizza in NH that have nice outdoor seating, are there?)

Anyone familiar with the Lakes Region is probably familiar with Giuseppe’s, since it’s right in the center of Meredith — one of the most popular areas to drive through in the region. It is beautiful, and we even managed a slight view of Lake Winnipesaukee from our table.

Pizzas here come in a 10-inch mini (starting at $7.50), 12-inch small ($9.50) and 16-inch large ($11.50). Calzones are also made here, starting at $7.50.

It’s hard not to be impressed with a pizza menu that boasts 35 toppings! All of the usual suspects are here, as are choices such as artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, baby shrimp and salami.

And a dozen specialty pies grace Giuseppe’s menu. On an upcoming visit, consider the Pollo Florentine Alfredo ($12.95/$15.95/$19.95), which has Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, spinach and mozzarella; the Gourmet Green Martini ($11.95/$14.95/$18.95), with Pecorino Romano and Parmesan cheeses and green olives; and the perfect pizza for sharing, the Quattro Stagioni ($24.95 for a large), a pesto pizza with four quarters: chicken and broccoli, shrimp and tomatoes, prosciutto and pepperoncini, and roasted red pepper and eggplant.

Review: Deidre prefers a very light pizza on warm days, so we went with the oh-so-simple Pizza Margherita ($17.95 for a large).

We’ve got to say, it was an impressive looking pizza — not simple looking at all. Deidre was pleased with the amount of cheese that topped the pie. Lots of margherita pizzas will skimp on the cheese,  but almost the entire top of the pizza was covered in large circles of fresh buffalo mozzarella. And some of the slices of mozzarella were quite thick; Deidre had to keep moving the slice farther and farther away from her mouth with each bite since the cheese just didn’t want to give. Andrew really appreciated the rich, creamy flavor of the cheese, which is essential in balancing out the well-defined flavors of a margherita pizza.

There was also a little more sauce than we expected — a pleasant surprise. Deidre found the sauce to be very smooth with a great tomato taste. Andrew thought the sauce gave the pizza most of its flavor.

Fresh basil was also generously spread around the pizza, and we thought it added a great ending complement.

Deidre’s favorite part was the crust. A beautiful brown color with the slightest hints of charring, it offered a great chew that wasn’t tough. We also noted that the bottom crust was a little thicker than we expected, but the texture of the crust made this a good thing.

Andrew thought the cold pizza was excellent. Though the crust was a tiny bit tough (hard to avoid with a thin pizza), the rest of the flavors were still very well defined.

Rating: Deidre: 4.5 / Andrew: 5 = 9.5/10 slices

Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante
312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
279-3313, www.giuseppesnh.com

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