First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza

City: Auburn Stop: Little Italy Pizza Cost: Moderate Food Type: Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli While on my adventure to Auburn, we stopped by Little Italy Pizza. It’s an affordable little pizza place nestled on a small, but bustling street. The inside was larger than expected from the outside and the moment we stepped inside I was ravenous. It smells fantastic…

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza

City: Auburn
Stop: Little Italy Pizza
Cost: Moderate
Food Type: Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli

While on my adventure to Auburn, we stopped by Little Italy Pizza. It’s an affordable little pizza place nestled on a small, but bustling street. The inside was larger than expected from the outside and the moment we stepped inside I was ravenous. It smells fantastic and the various pizzas they were working on behind the counter did nothing to help my appetite.

20180428_1549515916445871474362010.jpgThey had high ceilings and relaxed lighting. The cashier was exceptionally personable and patient with me trying to make up my mind on what to try. I’m afraid my choice wasn’t too exciting because I’m rather boring in my pizza preference. I chose a bacon and pepperoni calzone.

The calzone itself wasn’t very… presentable, and nor was it what I expected. But that aside it tasted great. It was stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella and my choices of meat. I wasted no time digging in.20180428_155705893866602660799669.jpg

While the presentation is obviously lacking, it makes up for that in taste. It was fresh out of the oven and the crispness proved it, it had a very pleasant crunch. To my surprise, given what it was, it wasn’t overly greasy and they used plenty of cheese. The provided marinara sauce, which I didn’t even need. They didn’t drown me in pepperoni, I guess they know the most important part of the calzone is the cheese, so for that, I’m grateful. (get it?)

All in all, Little Italy Pizza in Auburn was a good experience. The food was tasty and affordable, and the workers were all incredibly friendly. I certainly recommend this place if you’re from out of the area and trying to eat on a budget!

Environment;  3 out of 5/5

Presentation; 1.5 out of 5/5

Taste; 3.5 out of 5/5

While the pizza was good, it wasn’t remarkable and was slightly above average. Not too greasy which is a plus!

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza

City: Auburn Stop: Little Italy Pizza Cost: Moderate Food Type: Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli While on my adventure to Auburn, we stopped by Little Italy Pizza. It’s an affordable little pizza place nestled on a small, but bustling street. The inside was larger than expected from the outside and the moment we stepped inside I was ravenous. It smells fantastic…

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza

City: Auburn Stop: Little Italy Pizza Cost: Moderate Food Type: Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli While on my adventure to Auburn, we stopped by Little Italy Pizza. It’s an affordable little pizza place nestled on a small, but bustling street. The inside was larger than expected from the outside and the moment we stepped inside I was ravenous. It smells fantastic…

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza

City: Auburn Stop: Little Italy Pizza Cost: Moderate Food Type: Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli While on my adventure to Auburn, we stopped by Little Italy Pizza. It’s an affordable little pizza place nestled on a small, but bustling street. The inside was larger than expected from the outside and the moment we stepped inside I was ravenous. It smells fantastic…

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza

City: Auburn Stop: Little Italy Pizza Cost: Moderate Food Type: Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli While on my adventure to Auburn, we stopped by Little Italy Pizza. It’s an affordable little pizza place nestled on a small, but bustling street. The inside was larger than expected from the outside and the moment we stepped inside I was ravenous. It smells fantastic…

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza

City: Auburn Stop: Little Italy Pizza Cost: Moderate Food Type: Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli While on my adventure to Auburn, we stopped by Little Italy Pizza. It’s an affordable little pizza place nestled on a small, but bustling street. The inside was larger than expected from the outside and the moment we stepped inside I was ravenous. It smells fantastic…

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

First to Paris now to Little Italy… Pizza was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it!

City: Auburn, Alabama
Shop: Mama Mocha’s
Drink: White Russian

I’ve been wanting to come back here since we found it a few weeks ago, before our trip to Homewood. It has a really mellow lighting that is calming and tranquil when paired with the comfortable seating options it really makes you feel right home. Mama Mocha’s has a wide open floor plan with a somewhat disheveled charm that feels altogether welcoming. And though they have a menu with so many things, it’s not intimidating in the least because the baristas are so knowledgeable and patient. 

This evening when we went, it was busy. Like really busy. It’s near Finals time and there were college students lounged out everywhere (some with blankets!). In order to respect them, I didn’t take pictures of my own but took some from google reviews that have been posted.

Mama Mocha's has quite the extensive menu

The view when you walk up to the counter! Look at all of those choices!
My favorite corner of the seating area- that couch is insanely plush!

When I went to place my order, I was tossed up between the White Russian (toffee and white mocha) or the Drunken Waffle (Maple and Heavy Caramel), I asked the barista what she liked better and ended up opting with her advice; the White Russian. It came out the moment I was done paying, and the service was phenomenal.

The drink itself smells a little like candy, which is to say it’s very sweet smelling. Luckily though, it’s not quite as sweet as it smells with a pleasant bite from the espresso acting as a precursor to the somewhat forceful toffee flavor. It reaches a lovely contrast as the flavor disburses. The espresso is certainly potent because I’m not going to lie, I feel raring to go!

If you don’t like toffee, this drink is definitely not for you because the toffee is definitely noticeable. If you enjoy toffee or toffee flavors, then I urge you to give this drink a try. Full disclosure, this isn’t the first time I’ve tried this, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Mama Mocha's date night

Yum!

Instagrameter; 3.5 out of 5/5

for the artsy layout and the cloth covering that could be seen as an interesting backdrop to photos, I give Mama Mocha’s a 3.5 out of 5.

Taste; 4.5 out of 5/5

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it!

City: Auburn, Alabama Shop: Mama Mocha’s Drink: White Russian I’ve been wanting to come back here since we found it a few weeks ago, before our trip to Homewood. It has a really mellow lighting that is calming and tranquil when paired with the comfortable seating options it really makes you feel right home. It has a wide…

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it!

City: Auburn, Alabama Shop: Mama Mocha’s Drink: White Russian I’ve been wanting to come back here since we found it a few weeks ago, before our trip to Homewood. It has a really mellow lighting that is calming and tranquil when paired with the comfortable seating options it really makes you feel right home. It has a wide…

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans

Coffee Abroad; Just how Mama used to make it! was originally published on Java and Jeans