Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bridgeport Edition: Twin Oaks Restaurant

Twin OaksTwin Oaks Restaurant is an old-school Italian restaurant in Bridgeport that made its way to the latest 101 Most Unique Places to Dine in WV list.

Twin Oaks"This welcoming, cozy Italian-American restaurant serves up locally famous hoagies, pizza and homemade fries." Sure, sign me up!

Twin OaksI parked outside, walked inside and asked to dine in. Folks are always confused when I dine alone, but I'm used to it at this point. The interior is wood-paneled, wooden-beamed, wooden-chaired and, yes, lots of wood. It's dimly lit with some dated fixtures and accents. There were a few tables of older regulars.

Twin OaksOne of their most popular items is the pizza, so that made for an easy decision. I got the 12" regular with mushrooms. There aren't personal-sized pizzas here, so I knew I would have a lot to take home. But, if it's good, it's worth it!

Twin OaksAs soon as the pizza arrived, I knew maybe I had selected wrong. The crust was thick, bready and not crisp enough. The oven likely isn't hot enough to get the nice crisp on the bottom. Instead, it reminded me more of the kinda of crust you get from a frozen pizza that you cook in a home oven -- again, one that doesn't get hot enough. The sauce was just OK, and the mozzarella was masked by the taste of grease more than anything.

Twin OaksIf you like a more bready, thicker crust, this could be for you. My personal preference is that if it's a thick crust, it needs to be crisp on the bottom. Otherwise, the textures all sort of blend together into mush. Not my favorite iteration of pizza in this little Italy area. Especially with a DiCarlo's so close.

Twin Oaks

Grade: C
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