Yesterday the Soprano Litigator and I went across the street to Due Amici for lunch. Due is one of the cornerstone restaurants in the food corridor that makes Gay Street the coolest street in downtown Columbus. It’s a more high-end lunch spot than some of its Gay Street brethren and, come cocktail hour and dinner time, is a place to see and be seen.
I normally don’t have pizza for lunch, but yesterday pizza sounded like just what the doctor ordered. I opted for the sausage and onion pizza, whereas the Soprano Litigator went with the veal meatball and pasta — which also looked very tasty, indeed. When my pizza came, it was great, with a flavorful sauce, big chunks of sausage that had a snap when you bit into them, and a golden brown, crunchy crust. I attacked it with gusto (and with knife and fork, incidentally, so as to avoid unsightly spotting on my suit, white shirt, and tie).
But here’s the thing: the pizza is just too big for lunch. Even for someone who is hungry, as I was, a pie with eight pieces is a lot. Long after the SL had finished her meal I was still carving away at the remaining pieces until my plate was empty. I suppose I could have asked for a to-go box, but I don’t like lugging them around. In my view, when you order lunch you should receive a meal that is reasonably consumable by one reasonably hungry person over the noon hour. In short, careful portion control is key. Due’s pizza stretches the outer boundaries and is geared more to someone with the appetite of a truck driver rather than one of a nearby office worker. Perhaps the name Due Amici — “two friends” in Italian — means the portions are intended to be shared.
Due isn’t alone in this. How often have you gone to a restaurant and received a plate that is groaning with two much food — typically, an oversized mound of french fries to accompany an already sizable cheeseburger? Even those of us who proudly boast of being charter members of the Clean Plate Club can’t possibly down so much food. We leave some on the plate and then feel guilty about it, knowing the food will be wasted. It’s an area where I think the great restaurants in Columbus could become even better.