Saturday, July 14, 2007

Weekend in the City

Sign says:
Pizza Margherita - 85 NIS/Kilo
Pizza with toppings - 85 NIS/Kilo
4 cheese or ham pizza - 90 NIS/Kilo

A friend of mine recently said about Tel Aviv – “our weekends in the city are so much fun; they are like taking a mini-break while staying home”.

Take, for example, this past weekend – it was punctuated with the best food & sea related activities this city could offer. (Weekend means Friday and Saturday, as we go back to work on Sunday)

Casual lunch on Friday was at Pier 23, where you can munch on Fish n’ Chips (with spicy Thousand Island dressing) and cool Mojito’s as you look at waves crashing on the Tel Aviv Harbor. Walk a short distance to Arlekino, where Italian ice cream is sold in cups indicating the length of time it will take you to finish them (mine said 3:15 minutes, and I could choose as many different flavors as I could fit into it).

At night, we went to the foodie-must-see Ratatouille, and Saturday found us at the beach, playing cards with friends and eating some of the best cantaloupe of the season.

We concluded our day at the new chef pizzeria Tony Vespa in central Tel Aviv (actually a next door neighbor of Arlekino). The pizza is sold by weight (not by the slice). The crust is super crunchy and slightly sweet; the toppings are imaginative (I chose one slice of eggplant and Bulgarian cheese, and one of courgette, arugula, mushroom and tomato, which was a little bland. I also tasted a basic Margherita from one of my dining companions and found it to be just perfect).
Eating this thin crusted pizza will not leave you with a greasy, heavy feeling, but just wanting more.

Walking out, sun kissed and full bellied, we were feeling quite lucky to have all this so close to home.

Pier 23: Pier 23, Tel Aviv Harbor
Arlekino: Dizingof 267, Tel Aviv
Tony Vespa: Dizingof 267, Tel Aviv