I had something at dinner the other night that brought back some very fond childhood memories. When I was very young, probably around 5 years old and living in Waterbury, CT, my brother played for a soccer team. His soccer team was sponsored by an Italian club called the Pontelandolfo Community Club. Every year there was a festival a lot like Taste of Bethesda, but with only Italian food. My most vivid memory from these festivals was the fried dough. Just think of a blob of pizza dough about the size of a fist flattened out, deep-fried and served with a small dish of marinara. Sometimes it wouldn't be cooked all the way through and it would be a little gooey on the inside. Mmmmmm. It was best like that. There were carts that would sell it for $2 a piece and every year when we'd go, we'd head straight for the fried dough cart.
When I was 13, my family moved to PA and I wasn't able to find any fried dough until I moved down here after college. There's only one place I know of that serves fried dough on their regular menu and that's Cesco Trattoria in Bethesda. I remember when I first saw it on the menu I was overjoyed. "Holy sh*t!" I remember saying, "They have fried dough!" Although it didn't really come close to the memories I have of fried dough in CT. It's just a bit too dainty. I mean, it comes in a "stick" form for God's sake. It's heresy I tell ya!
The other night, though, I had some fried dough that sent me soaring back to my childhood in CT. 2 Amys had a special fried dough with "saucy" lamb meatballs. I know you're all probably sick and tired of hearing about 2 Amys and I promise this is the last post in which I'll mention them for a while (cross my heart and hope to die), but it was seriously good. Exactly as I remember it from childhood. Anyone know any other places that have fried dough?! I gotta have more!