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Flour: Funghi and Friends… Italian Dining in Moreland Hills, OH

Over the holiday break, I met up with a long-time friend of mine, Jen.  We made plans to have dinner months in advance of my visit to Ohio, but we waited until the last-minute to choose a location.  Earlier in the day, Jen texted me a couple of options, and I decided we should try a place I’d never been to before – Flour Rustic Italian Kitchen in Moreland Hills, OH (about 30 minutes or so from where I grew up).  The restaurant had 3.5 stars on Yelp!, and the reviews were detailed and positive.  Not to mention that the menu offered delicious options, and the wine list had a great selection!

After a few failed attempts to find reviews on a couple of wines, Jen and I decided to share a bottle of the Justin Cabernet, which we both agreed was a fine choice.  Smooth and tasty.

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We also decided to share a few appetizers and see where the rest of the meal took us.  We asked our server about a few of the appetizers and went with her recommendations.  Here’s what we shared:



My favorite was definitely the Whipped Burratta.  It was creamy, and flavorful, but didn’t feel like a “heavy” appetizer.  The stuffed peppers were good – we each had one, but in my opinion, they lacked a little flavor.  I tend to like things on the spicier side of life, so mine may not be the popular opinion.

Paul's Peppers

Paul’s Peppers

Where I think the appetizers really fell a bit flat was in the Fried Goat Cheese Stuffed Olives.  Our server sold these as “amazing”, yet there was barely a hint of goat cheese flavor to them.  Jen and I both felt a bit disappointed with this choice, though we didn’t stop munching on them!

Appetizers: Whipped Burratta, Fried Goat Cheese Filled Olives

Appetizers: Whipped Burratta, Fried Goat Cheese Filled Olives

Where there was no disappointment was with our choice to have the Funghi Pizza to finish off the evening.

Funghi Pizza


The crust was almost like a Naan bread, and the flavors of the mushrooms, shallots, and goat cheese worked beautifully together.  The char-grill and mushrooms gave the pizza an earthy element, and the goat cheese’s creamy texture and slightly tart flavor was a perfect complement.

Funghi Pizza

Funghi Pizza

We weren’t able to finish the pizza, but Jen was more than happy to take leftovers home!

All in all, we had a really nice experience at Flour.  It’s got a chic atmosphere, solid service, and good food.  It’s also always nice for me to spend time with a good friend!  Once again, I failed to take a photo with Jen.  I’m the worst about that!

If you’re in the CLE area and are looking for a good twist on Italian food, I do recommend visiting Flour. And, if you like mushrooms and goat cheese, definitely give the Funghi pizza a try!



Buddy’s Pizza, Dearborn, MI

As I was walking/running through the Rouge River Gateway trail in Dearborn, I suddenly had a craving for Buddy’s Pizza.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I work out because I like to eat.  A lot!

So, I called Buddy’s for a take-out order, and told Sally (the woman who answered the phone) that I couldn’t decide between their Redwings pizza and their The Henry Ford pizza – both not on the regular menu, both with bleu cheese, and both delicious (and unhealthy) treats!  Sally chuckled when I asked her to pick one and surprise me, but she quickly said  “Okay, it’ll be ready in 15 minutes!”.

Buddy's Pizza, Dearborn, MI

When I showed up at the Buddy’s Pizza take-out counter, I was presented with a small Antipasto salad (Buddy’s has a fantastic Antipasto) and a four slice pizza.

A 4-square pizza, but what kind? And, a small Antipasto

She had chosen The Henry Ford pizza, which has bacon, sausage, tomatoes, bleu cheese, and spices.  It totally hit the spot!

The Henry Ford pizza, up close and personal.

Sometimes it’s not about giving up total control to the service staff, but even just being indecisive about a few things can lead to a fun surprise during a meal!

PS. I love that Buddy’s caters to Gluten-free eaters – especially since my brother has Celiac’s and can’t eat gluten.

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