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52 BRAVA MAGAZINE | MARCH 2014 GO+DO SAVOR PHOTOS COURTESY OF SALVATORE'S TOMATO PIES, THE ROMAN CANDLE PIZZERIA AND GRAMPA'S PIZZA FAVE PIES THE DISH WINE El Valiente: Salvatore's Tomato Pies This popular scratch-made menu staple, named after a Madison-based band, features hanger steak marinated with chipotles and garlic gets friendly with house-made chimichurri, portabella, roasted red peppers, queso fresco, chevre, caramelized onions and cilantro before baking in an old-fashioned 650-degree brick deck oven. 503 W Main St., Sun Prairie. Vegan Destroyer: Roman Candle Pizzeria All notions that vegan pizza can't pack a punch are destroyed by this lactose-free find. The spinach, toasted pine nuts, green olives, red onions, red pepper puree and fresh basil aren't anything to scoff at, but the star of this primo pie is the drizzle of house-made spicy fireworks sauce. Three locations, in Middleton, Fitchburg and Madison's Willy Street. Barberini: Grampa's Pizza Thin and crispy crusts are the foundation for interesting ingredients like local honey. Sound strange? Combined with ricotta, garlic, Calabrian chilies and tomato sauce it just works. But if that's too off 'za beaten path, there are 27 topping options for building your own tomato pie. 1374 Williamson St., Madison. –Corey Dane, Madison's community director for PIZZA PAIRINGS Red sauce: With a traditional pizza, nothing beats an Italian Barbera. It's juicy with just the right amount of acidity to stand up to tomato sauce and perhaps some peppers. My personal favorite: Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera ($16). Topped up: For a casual pizza night at home when you are looking to spice it up a bit with flavorful toppings, try The Curator Red from South Africa, a delicious blend that's predominately Syrah and full of fruit flavors with a mouth-filling texture ($10). For an extremely budget-friendly choice, try Ca' Momi Rosso di Napa, a luscious, easy drinking all Napa Valley red wine ($8). White pizza: Vina Robles White 4 is a beautiful white blend from California with richness and acidity that pairs deliciously with a creamy white sauce or olive oil base and many tasty toppings. This wine is complex, fresh and interesting. ($13) Mangiare bene—eat well! –Karen Eigenberger, Steve's Wine-Beer-Spirits We can't wait for local farmers' bounty to start filling our larders. Haven't purchased your community supported agriculture (CSA) farm share yet? Head to the CSA Open House, where you can sign up for a share at one of 35 farms, meet the farmers and purchase milk, meat and eggs. Monona Terrace, Madison. SAVE THE DATE MARCH 23 1-4 P.M.

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