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Number 99: House of Georgie’s “Legendary” Pizza with Gravy

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House of Georgie’s

Ever since the September 2009 issue of the Ottawa Magazine published “101 Tastes to Try Before You Die”, an edible guide to Ottawa’s best dishes, I have been almost driven to enumerate the tastes I have already had, catalog them on foodiePrints, and pursue the ones outstanding.

Case in point, gravy pizza. I have long heard that one of Ottawa’s better pizzerias originated the gravy pizza when a slightly intoxicated Montrealer, homesick for poutine, wandered through its doors after a night’s indulgence. He perused the menu for fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Finding no fries, he asked for a slice of pizza and a portion of gravy. The pizzeria was House of Georgie’s (Sorento’s) on 211 Gilmour (at Elgin). The rest is history.

According to the September 2009 issue of the Ottawa Magazine, “fans drive into Ottawa from Toronto and Montreal for the delicacy.” Me, I have already had many opportunities to try House of Georgie’s pizza, enjoying some great delivery pizza, but I kept forgetting to order the side portion of gravy. Here is my first:

Delivery Menu Cover

Delivery Menu Cover

Medium 13" Canadian: pepperoni, mushroom & Bacon

Medium 13" Canadian: pepperoni, mushroom & Bacon

It had all the characteristics of a great pizza:

An abundance of real mozzarella, gently crusted during baking.

An abundance of real mozzarella, gently crusted during baking.

Expertly worked dough to provide just enough chew.

Expertly worked dough to provide just enough chew.

In-house made tomato sauce with quality toppings.

In-house made tomato sauce with quality toppings.

The tomato sauce tasted as if it were carefully simmered. It was much more than just crushed tomatoes, including spices and herbs. The toppings included some fresh mushrooms, spiced pepperoni, and crumbled bacon.

Cost: $19.20 ($17(medium 13″ Canadian), taxes, and including a free 1 L bottle of Coke).

Two weekends ago, I ordered an Extra Large 17″ Combination from House of Georgie’s to take with me to a pot luck dinner party at a neighbour’s. This time, I made sure to include a side of gravy, opting for beef instead of chicken.

Extra Large 17" Combination: Mushrooms, green peppers, and pepperoni

Extra Large 17" Combination: Mushrooms, green peppers, and pepperoni

To demonstrate how consistently House of Georgie’s makes great pizza, the pictures of the Medium Canadian Pizza were taken a year ago.

Again, an abundance of real mozzarella, gently crusted during baking.

Again, an abundance of real mozzarella, gently crusted during baking.

The same expertly worked dough.

The same expertly worked dough.

This time, though, with gravy:

Completing the experience!

Completing the experience!

Gravied!

Gravied!

My thoughts: The gravy added a savoury flavour to an already great pizza. It was somewhat odd to my palate with the bright tomato sauce. The gravy was also very floury. The experience, though, was definitely poutine-esque, the crust substituting for fries. And the melted mozzarella, traditional cheddar cheese curds. I can understand how gravy pizza quenched a poutine craving.

Total: $28.60 ($24(extra large 17″ combination pizza), $0.75(gravy), taxes, and including a free 1 L bottle of Coke)

Would I order it again? The pizza, definitely. The gravy pizza, only after a couple hours’ skating on the Rideau Canal during Winterlude. It rivals Dunn’s smoked meat poutine and beaver tails as signature winter foods in Ottawa.

Particulars:
House of Georgie
211 Gilmour Street
(613)283-3333

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Mild-mannered IT professional by day and food blogger by night, I founded foodiePrints with a single intention, to share my love of all things food. My first post shared a recipe. Many followed. Eventually, I learned Ottawa prepares and serves great food. Thereafter, I started meeting restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, farmers, and other local producers, all good people. Ideas for food-related content swirled in my head. foodiePrints grew into a place to put them. From exploring foreign and domestic cuisines to shopping for exotic ingredients and cobbling together my takes on dishes in my meager kitchen, there are stories to tell. Welcome to foodiePrints. Here, you will find stories about food and drink, cooking, and eating in Canada’s capital. Be it food-related or just food-for-thought, I hope you find something tasty here.

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