BigA and Stonebridge Let Fermented Pizza Dough Shine

by | May 14, 2019 | Dining, Downtown Eats Guides, Featured, Restaurants

Not everyone should go gluten free, but many people have discovered that consuming an abundance of gluten makes them feel less than their best. But avoiding pizza is the worst! Enter fermented pizza dough – by letting the dough ferment for 24-48 hours and eliminating the sugar that is usually used to quickly activate yeast, the pizza dough has time to ferment and develop flavor with less gluten than the typical dough. Both Biga and Stonebridge Pizza and Salad use this technique along with high quality ingredients for a superior pizza experience.

BigA sits on the corner of Clinton and Houston Streets ready to feed you all the pizza you desire. Chef Giovanni Barbieri attended Italy’s top pizza school and operated restaurants in Italy before brining his extra crunchy pizza to the US. The name BigA comes from the pre-fermented starter used in the dough that gives it its signature flavor and crunch. Barbieri uses Italian stone ground flour and imports toppings for his pies from Italy.

The dough is turned into three different dishes: Tonda, a classic round pie available in traditional or multigrain varieties; Pala, a 20-inch oval pie perfect for sharing; and Biga Crunch, a sandwich made from the same base as the Pala. All of the pies are precooked, then topped and finished to order. We suggest a Sempre Bona Tonda with prosciutto and fresh burrata and a Pala split in two – half Diavola with spicy salami and fior de latte and half Parmigiana Biga Crunch with hand crushed tomato sauce and eggplant. Don’t forget to ask for the house made hot chili oil to top your pick!

Stonebridge Pizza and Salad came to be because the owners invested in hyper-oxygenation technology that resulted in the best tomatoes they’d ever tasted. Many of the ingredients used at Stonebridge come from their hydroponic farm upstate in Schuylerville, NY. By fermenting their dough they are able to achieve a flavorful, light, and crispy crust. The fast casual setting means speed is key, and their pizzas are baked in three to four minutes. Signature pizzas include the Mushroom Fixation with mixed roasted mushrooms and truffle oil; the Spicy Hawaiian with ham, bacon, pineapple, and jalapeño; and the White Pizza with caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, and truffle oil. Make your own options as well as chef crafted salads are also available.

3 Clinton Street
Monday–Friday: 5:00–11:00 PM
Saturday–Sunday: 12:00–11:00 PM

Stonebridge Pizza and Salad
16 E 41st Street
Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Closed Sunday

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