And a review of Hinterland Brewery
We welcomed 70 degree weather in Green Bay the weekend of November 7th, 2020. It was election day part 4. The sun shined pleasantly and a gentle breeze carried cool air in through the windows. It was the last gasp of summer, and in it, many people went out into the world to enjoy what they could before the cold settled in again. This was a perfect day for me in every regard: the weather was perfect, and I felt good. I can’t remember the last time those two things came together in perfect harmony.
My husband and I took advantage of the day as much as we could, doing shopping that we had been putting off for months and sitting down for a snack at Hinterland Brewery when we went to the West Side of town for the first time in awhile together. Their outdoor seating has a great view of Lambeau and the whole of Titletown, so sitting out there in the sun and the breeze, enjoying a beer over a plate of hummus and pita bread, felt like the most right thing to do in the world.
--While most of the pictures below are from Copper State, the latter portion of this post is a review of what I love most about Hinterland. We had a lovely day at both!
La Nostra Strada Pizzeria in downtown De Pere opened this week, serving Italian street pizzas in what is my first experience with this style of pizzeria. I missed their soft open Wednesday night, but I couldn’t let another day go by without a visit. So, on my lunch break Thursday afternoon, I stopped in to pick up a few slices for my husband and I to try out.
Strada, as it goes by on Facebook, is conveniently located on Broadway street just a few blocks before the roundabout, and right next to Afogatto Bar. Day two, on a thursday afternoon, they had a small line waiting to grab slices for carry out. Social distancing was enforced with those little markers on the floor to tell you where to wait while others were ordering, and the short wait gave me enough time to admire the decoration inside the building.
I will always appreciate a new restaurant in an old building that maintains those gold painted, individual plate ceilings. They kept those around during whatever renovations needed to occur for them to set up the adorable interior of Strada. The seating area by the window, while not actively spaced for social distancing, is occupied by visitors in a way to maintain that distance either way. The front area of Strada doesn’t allow for as much spacing as some other locations have done since the 25% capacity order, but it looked to me that anyone visiting knew what they had to do to eat here safely. I also noticed a back room for seating and a bar along the back wall for individuals, so there is plenty of space for customers eating inside.
This Italian Street Pizza style location offers a case of pizzas every day, displayed as you enter the line. What’s there is what you can get, and if you’re ordering a full size for home, they display what you’re looking at on the wall so you know the sizes ahead of time. Given that my husband and I are interested in different types of pizza, I believe I will always be stopping in here for two different slices of pizza rather than a whole. All of the pictures I took while at Strada are displayed below, and after that is the actual review of what I ate.
When I included Glass Nickel Pizza Co. on my weekly restaurant updates, my husband mentioned a few days later he considered them to be the best pizza he’s had in town so far, excluding any pizzas from the major brewpubs. This was news to me. He never told me this! Prior to COVID-19, Glass Nickel had apparently been one of his office’s favorites to order as a treat to the crew, so with this knowledge, we ordered delivery from Glass Nickel on Sunday evening.
They’re clear with the expectations they have for achieving contactless carryout and delivery, and they give them to you in a big pop up box after your order online. This is just good business during the pandemic, and it’s something I can appreciate both as a person who hates the awkward exchange that comes with delivery anything and as a person in a global pandemic. They also have a texting system that informs you of when your order has been received and when it has left the building. Plenty of warning so you can get your pants back on before you have to get to the door.
In this house, we don’t eat red sauce pizza, or at least we don’t eat it when my husband is around. My husband has a lifetime dislike of any tomato based sauces, so we decide on pizza places based on what kind of white pizza we are able to get from each location. Glass Nickel is currently doing a promotion where they have staff created pizzas on the menu as a special, and one of those was the foodle noodle which spoke to us immediately.