Hampden: Birroteca

Perhaps my favorite thing to eat is pizza. And the pizza from Birroteca in Hampden is no different. Fun fact: Birroteca is owned by Robin Haas, the same genius behind another favorite of mine, Nickel Taphouse.

Birroteca
Birroteca

A friend and I met for dinner at Birroteca and decided to share a few things.

We started with a Caesar Salad, the salad was very traditional and had ciabatta croutons. However I wish the dressing would have been slightly creamier.

Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad

Next, my friend and I shared an order of the Papperdelle. The pappardelle was topped with wild boar bolognese, and ricotta salata cheese. The pasta was incredibly fresh and you could tell it was homemade, the cheese also added a nice creamy texture to the dish. This was probably one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had in a while.

Papperdelle
Papperdelle

And lastly, we obviously had to share a pizza, it’s what Birroteca is known for after all. We went with the Locavore pizza. The pizza was topped with mushrooms, onions, pecorino, fresh mozzarella, EVOO, and arugula. I’m a huge fan of fresh vegetables on my pizza and this was no exception to the rule. The arugula added a nice freshness and cut through the pizza grease.

Locavore
Locavore

If you’re in Hampden and looking for great craft beer and pizzaBirroteca is sure to satisfy you!

Birroteca is located at 1520 Clipper RdHampden.

Know of any other pizza places or restaurants in Hampden or in the surrounding areas that I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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For more great pizza nearby, Hersh’sThe Arthouse, or Forno.

Want to drink and have reliable transportation? Consider Lyft or Uber! (Follow the link for a discount on your first ride.)

Looking for a place to eat? Check out Rachel’s Baltimore Restaurant List.

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