Published on December 5th, 2011 | by Ruth0
Wheeling Into The Holidays With Culinary Institute Of America and Handley
We’re suckers for Italian food. We’ve talked about our adventures in pumpkin pasta. Flatbread and pizza are also staff favorites. For some reason we’ve never gotten around to getting a pizza cutter, so we were thrilled to get our hands on the Pizza Wheel from Culinary Institute of America. We tried it out with pizza and, of course, a bottle of red wine (2009 Pinot Noir from Handley).
The pizza wheel has a great heft to it- the stainless steel blade is nice and sharp. We’re told that it’s professional quality. It certainly looks and feels like it, and comes with a life-time warranty. The only downside we found was a bit of extra wiggle in the blade, with no apparent way to tighten the fit. It didn’t stop us from enjoying the way it sliced right through the crust. It’s also great for brownies and cutting big chocolate chip cookies into wedges and… Well, at a point we started looking for excuses to cut things. At $16 it’s a great gift for the foodie (Or foodies?) in your life.
Our Handley 2009 Pinot was metallic and understatedly brassy, a bit more subtle than many California Pinots. We caught traces of mellow herbs, pine and soft nuts. It was light on the nose, but had a strong finish, opening nicely with some aeration.
We think these two products pair well together, but for the sake of safety we suggest keeping the pizza cutting towards the beginning of the wine imbibing this holiday season.