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Friday, March 31, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Folino's Pizza in Shelburne

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge Scallop and bacon pizza - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Scallop and bacon pizza
Sometimes, sharing lunch with a friend is the best way to dine on a dime. Examining the online menu, I determined that I could have an inexpensive, balanced meal at Folino's in Shelburne — if I split the cost of a pie.

The wood-fired pizza joint is located on Route 7, in the same complex that is home to Fiddlehead Brewing Company. It also sits directly across the road from Shelburne Vineyard, which means that food tourists and locals alike frequent the spot.

The proximity to local booze also means it is very easy to BYOB. Guests are invited to buy a growler or canned beers at Fiddlehead and tote them across the hall to drink alongside their pies. Folino's even provides frosty glasses to keep the brews cool.

We started with the only non-pizza item on the menu: a green salad ($6.50) topped with peas, goat cheese and shredded beets and carrots, with a little cup of balsamic vinaigrette on the side. It's a simple combination, but the execution was pleasing. The peas were fresh and crunchy, and the culinary cliché that is beets and goat cheese is common for good reason.
click to enlarge Salad at Folino's - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Salad at Folino's
It was hard to decide on a pie — I was tempted by the chipotle-drizzled Fire Kracker Shrimp. But we settled on a Surf and Turf white pizza with scallops, bacon and cheese ($17.50). The New Haven-style crust was excellent. It had just enough of the wood-fired character to add interest, but not so much that it tasted of char. Lemon zest gave the pie a surprising citrus-y kick.
click to enlarge A Folino's staffer puts a pizza in the wood-fired oven - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • A Folino's staffer puts a pizza in the wood-fired oven
Scallops are so delicate that cooking them to perfection in a roaring hot oven can be tricky. If I had one suggestion, it would be cooking the whole scallops separately, slicing them, and tossing them atop the pizza before sending it to the table. The bacon and cheese were winners, as they almost always are. Overall, it was a fun and unusual pizza.

I look forward to stopping by again, with even more friends, to try some Fiddlehead beer and a few more pies.

P.S. After dividing the check, my half of the salad and pizza came to exactly $12 (before tax and tip).

Dining on a Dime
is a weekly series featuring well-made, filling bites (something substantial enough to qualify as a small meal or better) for $12 or less. Know of a tasty dish we should feature? Drop us a line: food@sevendaysvt.com.



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Suzanne Podhaizer

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Contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the former Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose,... more

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