Oh the joy…
This is both restaurant review and utter celebration. Honestly, several days later and I still feel like crying with joy!
Jonathan, Sanam and Jon and I went into the lovely bohemian town of Paia in Maui for the day. We were there to explore and meet a new friend and meet up for lunch. Dania who does marketing for the Maui Edible Magazine recommended that we meet at the Flatbread Company down the way because of its locally sourced food and organic goods. I sighed inwardly, because although I knew that I could have a yummy salad there, the idea of eating a salad while everyone around me ate an amazing pizza made me a bit sad inside.
Off we went and it was a lovely place with an amazing aroma of bread in the air, which I promptly inhaled with gusto. I figure if I can’t have the bread internally, I can at least savor the smell right? Oh my lovely readers… You have no idea what happened to me when I looked through the menu, and on the bottom of the first page I read that gluten free flatbread was available. I even surprised myself with the wave of joy that rolled through me. Do any of you remember Snoopy? There are scenes when he is overjoyed and he dives up into the air, nose first, while spinny in utter happiness? This is what I felt like! PIZZA! For. me! I get misty just thinking about it.
So of course I ordered myself a pizza! Half pesto salad and the other half a mozzarella, goat cheese tomato and garlic mix that was to die for. See for yourself:
Rather then having a tomato sauce, it had garlic olive oil and seasoning. The cheesy goodness on top had me singing, moaning and closing my eyes on a frequent basis. I ate the whole 12 inch pizza myself with the exception of the slice I gave Jon to taste. The food was great, the service was impeccable and the pizza was delicious. I swear, its still one of the hardest things to deal with, having to deny myself pizza on this gluten free/celiac journey. But Flatbread Company? You can bet your little bootie I’m going to be going there often while living here in Maui.
This place is really great and worth a trip to the north side. Here is a little blurb about their mission from their website:
~Quality and integrity of ingredients
~Clean food without pesticides or chemicals
~Support of organic farming
~Use local foods and support the community farms
~Create a restaurant where children, adults and employees
may renew their spirit
~Create a company where advancement is based on
performance not politics
~Create a restaurant that reconnects us to nature
~Educate people about the connection between food and nature
~Give back to the community with benefit nights and sponsorship
If you ever find yourself on Maui go visit. You might see me there.