Friday, June 22, 2012

I can’t think of a better way to relive my childhood other than going to Hershey Park. The other day, that is exactly what I did.
My friends and I traveled to Hershey, P.A. to kick off the summer. On the way up, we stopped over in Lancaster. Little shops were lined up and down the streets, a good place for tourists to come and check out.
We noticed a place at the corner called the Tomato Pie Café. After mocking the name, we decided to give it a try. The café resembled a coffee shop and seemed welcoming to all. The man behind the counter greeted us, and told us to sit wherever we pleased.
After browsing the menu, I decided on ordering a chicken pesto Panini, and everybody else opted for the Turkey pesto.
Since the place was called the Tomato Pie Cafe, we felt we needed to experience the dish. When the waitress brought the pie out, we were surprised at what we saw. It was in the shape of a pie, dark red dollops of tomato filled the pie crust, which had a crunchy, consistency and was a faded yellow color. When we took a bite, bursts of hearty marinara filled our mouth, mixed with the creamy cheese flavor that was the crust. The flavor was unexpected, but delicious. We were excited with our order, and ready for our main course.
The Panini was served hot off the griddle. Chunks of white meat chicken were sandwiched between two thick slices of crunchy bread. The fresh and garlicky pesto, glued the sandwich together and paired nicely with the mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers. The sweetness from the peppers gave the sandwich an extra kick.
We did not regret our decision to stop off at the Tomato Pie Café. The food was delicious, affordable, and a new experience for all.

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