Ricotta Sucks

2010 January 11
The ricotta is spreading...

The ricotta is spreading...

I needed some math help recently, so to defray the tutoring costs I took my tutor Paul to Homeslice.  As usual, I let him pick the toppings, and he chose ricotta. I’m used to ordering some different toppings on my half of the pizza, and I’ve never liked ricotta, but this time I thought I’d try it out and not nix it on my side.  Big mistake.

I’ve never liked ricotta since I figured out as a kid that there was some chalk-colored slime taking up valuable real estate in my lasagna.  As I’ve matured gotten older, my tastes have changed and I now enjoy many things that I hated as a kid, like spinach, beets, potatoes, eggplant and most beans.  I hadn’t given ricotta a chance in recent years and figured this would be as good a time as any to try it again.

Wrong, it still sucks.  It doesn’t have much taste, but it’s gooey texture feels like cream-flavored gravy.  It was one of three toppings on our pizza (ricotta, garlic and sausage for Paul and ricotta, garlic and spinach for me), and the white, colonizing blobs just tasted like meh.

Paul thought that the ricotta was simply a wash: neither adding nor subtracting to the pizza.  Good for him, I hope he enjoys the leftovers.

Vanessa, our last waitperson (we started with Shane but ended with Vanessa due to a shift change) suggested that ricotta balances out more intense flavors, like anchovies and basil.  Maybe it does for her and others, but I’m not a fan.

Cost: $19.50
Total this year: $99.00

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 January 11

    I like ricotta. Adam says that getting extra cheese on some things (sandwiches/pizza) is just a waste of calories. Might as well just enjoy your favorite cheese plain instead of diluting it.

  2. 2010 January 12
    kelly permalink

    i sometimes sneak scoops of ricotta out of the tub with a spoon like it’s yogurt — so good! but then again, haven’t met a cheese i don’t love.

  3. 2010 January 13

    To each their own. As you two devoted readers probably know, I like salty foods, and ricotta tastes pretty salt-less. It’s the only cheese I don’t like. Well, I don’t like cottage cheese. Is that cheese?

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