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July 26, 2010

Two Boots pizza kicks up its heels at Power Plant

Two Boots pizzaTwo Boots, a New York-based, Cajun-influenced pizzeria, has just put a foot down in Baltimore.

The new Power Plant Live! restaurant celebrates its grand opening Tuesday.

"We're called Two Boots because Louisiana and Italy are both geographically similar to boots," said part-owner Leon Hartman.

The fusion extends beyond the Cajun-Italian cuisine. When I noted that Hartman sounded neither Italian nor Cajun, he said he was the product of "a West Virginia girl and Long Island Jew." His parents, indie filmmakers who love pizza, beer and New Orleans, founded Two Boots in New York City's East Village in 1987.

Two Boots has grown to eight New York locations, plus one in Connecticut and another coming to Los Angeles. Most of those sell just pizzas and salads, but the Power Plant location is a full-service restaurant with po' boys, pastas and jambalaya.

Each location has a signature pizza developed and served there, and only there. At Power Plant, it is The Old Bay Beast, which has crab, shrimp, andouille sausage, jalapenos and, of course, Old Bay.

Two Boots plans to open a second Baltimore location in the Fitzgerald apartment building, near Maryland Institute College of Art. The goal is to open by Thanksgiving.


Photo courtesy of Two Boots

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:46 PM | | Comments (17)


M-mm-m-m-m-! Their pizza sounds really good. I'm glad we as a city are getting an infusion of new pizza joints. IMO pizza is the ideal food,
Catcha is perfect today for this
melts the............

I'm more interested in the US boot's influences. I hope their po boys do this place justice.

Having had "Two Boots" pizza a couple of times in NYC, I have one word - yuck. It's really not very good.

Was there on Saturday. Pizza was good, as was the service. Worth a try.

i tried the muffaletta today. quite good, better than expected, and pretty accurate. fries were also better than expected; i usually don't care for those. nice staff.

Very much enjoyed the Old Bay Beast (sans jalapenos) today. Crab and shrimp are an interesting choice for pizza toppings, but in a good way.

More than likely, one boot in the rear will exit them, like most others, from Power Plant.

When is someone gonna open a REAL NYC pizza joint around here? Baltimore pizza is horrible, unless you like eating cardboard or sponges.

Two Boots is a fantastic place. What an excellent addition to Baltimore. Their pizza is unlike anything I've ever tasted. SO unique and it's a great place for kids and their families.

I agree, my family and I went to Two Boots last night for dinner and it was excellent, the cornmeal crust is very delicious.

I can't wait for the one to open up in the Fitzgerald. Its gonna be rad.

I went last night to Two Boots and had a excellent experience. I'm really looking forward to the one opening up in Bolten hill where I live. There is no good pizza here.

I'm glad baltimore's finally getting a bit more sophisticated in its pizza taste. As a recent transplant from New York, I've missed decent pizza since I've moved here.

"Jane", "John" and "Jack" all shilling for the place. Coincidental?

This is exactly what this city needed. Yay for Two Boots, you guys rock.

This is exactly what this city needed. Yay for Two Boots, you guys rock.

Last night I went to Two Boots and had a great time. This is exactly what this city needed. Best of luck to you guys.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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