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RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta

As Etta James once famously sang… at last.

RC Gallegos, best known in these parts for his first RC’s Pizza & Pasta out in Kingwood, has finally opened up his new location, RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta on Sawdust Road – having gutted and remodeled what was Steel City Pizza. We sat down with RC on this, the night before his official opening, to sample some of his award winning pizzas and welcome him to the neighborhood.

One of the first things RC will tell you about his pizzas is that they are New York, Street pizza. Which is good to know; because anyone that loves a good pizza (and who doesn’t?) and has tried a lot of them, knows that there are many different styles. In fact, to be fair, there’s probably several dozen types just across New York City. But what makes RC’s pizza NYC Pizza are these three things: a thinner crust (which has an edge, not just flat all the way out), thinner sauce (so as not to overwhelm the crust and leave it soggy), and thinner (or less thick) cheese (for the same reason as the sauce). RC refers to this as an authentic New York City Street Pizza. And he would know, having grown up there and learning his craft in famous pizzerias such as Bleecker Street Pizza, the three-time winner of “Best Pizza in New York by Food Network.

This was a private event, meant to help the staff work a few more kinks out – so this isn’t a full review. But we know you want to know about RC’s, especially if you haven’t been to his Kingwood location, so here’s a little peek at some of the pizzas & sides he’s got cooking up:

We started out with some garlic knots (four of them for $2.75), served with ranch dressing and RC’s own traditional pizza sauce. We could definitely detect the sweetness of the hand-made dough (RC’s own, secret recipe), and appreciated the amount of garlic and butter both in and on each knot.

Garlic Knot appetizers

Our first of four pies on which to feast our eyes (see what I did there?) was the Sicilian Pie (a massive 18″ x 13″ for $18.75). This feat of gastro-engineering is twice-proofed and twice-baked. To ensure all 1/2-3/4″ of that wonderful crust gets baked all the way through, the dough is proofed twice, then baked, then turned over, topped, and baked again. The result was a very nice, baked-all-the-way-through, crisp-but-chewy crust, with just the right amounts of sauce, cheese, and fresh basil. For the carb-hound of us (*cough*her*cough*) it could easily be a stand-alone meal. But we’re told you can actually add toppings should you so desire.

RC's Pizza Thick Crust
RC's Pizza Thick Crust

Next up, we sampled one of RC’s signature pies, the Kennedy Pie (14″ for $18.50), made with RC’s “Great White” sauce, chicken, baby spinach, garlic, and fresh tomatoes, this pizza had a unique mix of flavors that blended together nicely. What’s more, that nice, thin crust didn’t suffer under the toppings, maintaining it’s composure from the first bites to the “bones,” which made for the thin crust lover of us (read: him) to be happy.

The Kennedy White Sauce Pizza

Our third sampling (and just to clarify – the two of us most certainly did not eat four whole pizzas on our own!) was The Godfather (14″ for $18.50), to which we did a little altering of the toppings. The norm is traditional sauce, cheese, pepperoni, smoked ham, mushrooms, bell peppers and red onions. We omitted the mushrooms and added black olives, banana peppers and jalapeños. In hindsight, we should have left well enough alone, or just switched out the mushrooms for one other topping – the black olives, perhaps. With a NYC Street-style pizza, too many toppings overwhelm the crust; especially those which expel any amount of water, like vegetables. So if you go for The Godfather – leave the meats, take away the (extra) veggies (okay, okay, bad pun-work. So sue me.).

The Godfather Pizza at RC's NYC Pizza

Our final adventure for the night was a Grandma Pie (a massive 18″ x 13″ for $16.75). In looking for a way to describe what exactly a Grandma Pie is, I came across the following description: “If a brownie was a pizza it would be the grandma slice.” This seems altogether accurate. The Grandma Pie is a nice, 1/2″ thick crust, made upside-down – which is to say cheese first, then sauce – and with a generous sprinkling of fresh basil. Like the Sicilian, the monstrosity is also baked all the way through (though not twice), ensuring a good, even amount of crusty-chewy texture and no raw, stretchy dough.

Grandma Pizza made upside down

RC’s opens Friday, September 20, starting with a semi-limited menu which will include all of their award-winning pizzas, as well as most all of their appetizers, calzones, Strombolis, and a few other items. As training wraps up over the next couple of weeks, they’ll be adding in the remainder of the full menu, which includes a little something for everyone – from salads to subs, baked and traditional pastas, and of course desserts – as well as offering catering and delivery.

RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta

501 Sawdust Road

Spring, Texas 77380

281 298-GOOD (4663)
RC's NYC Pizza & Pasta in Spring / The Woodlands

Fielding’s Wood Grill

(Updated 9/26/13)

Fielding’s Wood Grill is not just another beer and burgers joint – it’s a Cary Attar Gastropub – and his 33rd restaurant to date. It’s also not a bar, though they do serve alcoholic beverages (or will when the TABC license process is completed). Named for Cary’s great-great-great-grandfather Fielding Hudson, their fresh-ground Angus burgers tops the menu along with their alternative burgers, salads, awesome milk shakes, and fresh cut French fries. Everything is made from scratch, so it’s all fresh and full of flavor… and calories. The 100% Black Angus, all-natural, Texas beef comes from 44 Farms in Cameron, Texas. The goat cheese and meat comes from a goat ranch near Conroe, the low temperature pasteurized, non-homogenized milk and cream (for those fantastic milkshakes) comes from the Mill-King dairy, just outside of Waco, the bacon is cured and the breads are all baked fresh in house.

The sleek interior has a casual yet crisp feel to it along with a modern flair. Experience comfortable booths along the walls while tall tables and chairs fill the main floor space. A center aisle is lined with iPads connected to the available WI-Fi, where you can hop on a stool and surf the web, check your email or even play a game before and during your meal at Fielding’s. We found the staff to be knowledgeable, friendly and eager to please.

Several iPads For Customer Use

So, what about the food? With chef Edel Goncalves (previously of Hubbell & Hudson Bistro) heading up the kitchen, the opportunity to be disappointed is pretty well non-existent. The menu with its interesting choices is not overwhelmingly complicated; Chef Ramsey would likely approve. As we were there on the first day, we’re not quite ready to write a full review. But we sampled a few items, and what we can say is that we enjoyed what we have eaten at this boutique type restaurant so far.

There are a few special items you won’t find at other restaurants in The Woodlands. One of them being the “Baked Fried Potato.” Yes, I said that correctly, the Baked. Fried. Potato. Just what the name describes, this Idaho baker potato has first been baked, then broken apart and deep fried. It’s the new French fry for those of us who like our fries crispy on the outside while being soft and tender on the inside. Both the Baked Fried Potato and the “regular” &rench fries ares served up in a warm, 6″ cast iron skillet. A very unique presentation, and it keeps the potatoes warm for longer, giving you more time to enjoy them with your main entrée. The house-made Truffle Bacon Mustard sauce works well on both versions of the potato.

A specialty of the house baked potato

As we mentioned, we were there the first night, so the liquor license had yet to be issued to Fielding’s, and the very cool looking beer tap wasn’t completely set up – so we weren’t able to taste any of their specialty drinks yet. But if the $5 milk shakes are any indication, they should be something special. Cary says they plan to offer then different varieties of milk shakes for everyone, and an additional nine more for the 21-and-over crowd.

Adult Beverage Service Area

The Spicy Baja Burger (mole spices, poblano, avocado, habanero ketchup, pickled jalapeños, and salsa cruda, on a milk bun [$9.50]) will make the carnivore in you very happy. The Black Angus Beef is served up warm, juicy, and tender, the jalapeños aren’t too hot, and when they combine with the avocado and salsa you get an excellent Tex-Mex style burger. The milk bun(s) are baked fresh and melt in your mouth (not on your hands), creating a very interesting sensation of flavor that is definitely worth a return visit.

Baja style burger with avocado, salsa, and jalapenos

Texas Blue Burger

This burger comes with some really high quality formaggio – and you all know how much I love me a bacon cheese burger. This brings all those flavors I love together beautifully; Point Reyes Blue Cheese (from a dairy not three hours from where I grew up) – which was soft and moist with a sharp, but not overwhelming, saltiness that was exceptional. Though I removed the red onion, I noticed they, along with the lettuce, were crisp. I was hesitant that I would like the fig jam, but like so many things Cary and Edel do, it just works.

Black Angus Burger with Bleu Cheese

So will we be back? Of course we will. Sooner rather than later? Absolutely. And we’ll give you a full report when we do. In the meantime, do we think you should stop in, even before we get there again, even be they start serving breakfast (oh, Heavens, didn’t we tell you? They’re going to serve breakfast!!)? Yes. You really should. Fielding’s is not Gluten-free but, they do offer a Gluten-free bun.

We’ve had people ask if Fielding’s is “kid friendly.” We think it really all depends on what your definition of kid friendly is. While there isn’t a kids menu (*NOTE), with burgers, fries and shakes on the menu, plus the newfangled Coke Remix machine, we’re sure most any kid will be thrilled to be there. Plus that iPad bar could entertain the more tech-savvy of the youngsters. But there is no playground, and no crayons. And with the soon-to-be-available adult beverage service at the bar, it’s likely to be more “kid friendly” in the mornings (when breakfast service begins later this month), at lunchtime and in the early evenings, as Fielding’s is a great place for date night, girls’ night out, and dinner with friends, too.

* Update: Fielding’s does in fact have a kids menu, you simply have to ask for it at the register until the new menus are printed. High chairs are also planned, however, they are simply on backorder as of the date of this post.

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