Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hearth and Harvest for Pizza

Last night Katie and Bill were out and about with Henry (looking for AC for their very warm upstairs) and called to see if I wanted to meet them for dinner.  I'd heard that Hearth and Harvest on the very northern tip of Saratoga Lake was a good place to go, so I met them there.  It's on Stafford's Bridge Road, across the bridge from the Skidmore Boat House.

When I pulled up, Bill and Henry had just been down to the water to look at fish.  The restaurant inhabits a very colorful spot, complete with a brightly painted kayak-rental hut.  The restaurant itself is painted in cheerful colors as well, with a lively green exterior (and a nice deck overlooking the docks).  Inside, it is clean and uncluttered, with yellow painted walls and simple wooden tables and chairs, which look like they might be from Ikea, very basic.  There are paintings on the walls of the main dining room, which is at the opposite end of an open room that houses a large pizza oven and the pizza-making station. It makes for interesting viewing while you wait.

The menu offers soups, salads, pizza, beer, wine, and desserts.  Bill and I shared a house salad with chipotle ranch dressing, and it was great.  It had a real kick, and we both liked it alot.  Katie had a house salad with balsamic dressing, and loved it.  She and Bill shared a barbequed chicken pizza, and raved about it.  I ordered a pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, and sausage.  It was also very good.  Henry didn't order a thing, but shared in the abundance of our dinners.  He and I had taken a few walks outside (because he's 2 and doesn't  understand why his apple juice order wasn't delivered immediately!).  We walked to the end of the docks and looked into the water at little sunfish.  We walked over to a glider swing under the trees and hung out there for a while.  We went back toward the water to check out kayaks and he sat in a kid-sized Adirondack Chair.  He was very busy.  We had a long conversation but I don't really know most of what he said.  I just kept saying "That's right.  You're such a smart boy!"

Pizza arrived and we rejoined Katie and Bill.  The pizzas are gorgeous, with crusts that are very, very thin, almost cracker-thin.  The toppings are portioned perfectly -- not too much and certainly not too little.  These are not hearty pizzas.  One large pizza (around $18.00) might feed two people who aren't terribly hungry.  The small pizza ($9 or so) might leave you wanting more.  The price might seem steep to those of us who are used to grabbing a $2.50 slice at other favorite pizza places, but here you are paying for all-organic, wood-fire grilled pizzas, and I think it's worth it once in a while.  If you want a mixed drink, you'll have to wait.  Right now, Hearth and Harvest serves only beer and wine, and soft drinks (and in Henry's case, apple juice). 

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great place! Thanks for sharing your opinions on it. :) I'll have to check it out the next time I'm back home in NY. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!