Jitomate Gourmet – a unique, compact gourmet sala, modestly but deftly decorated for gourmet presentations – is known for its bada-bing Italian pizzas, reputed to be the best pizzas around (a cliché these days – but not at lakeside), chiefly because their standards are authentic and they offer variations you may not have encountered before.
An added subtlety to the pizzas is the crust. It is thin and crispy and made of “happily sour” dough, a pizza base you might only find in Napoli, the beloved birthplace of the famous dish.
But aside from the pizzas, Jitomate Gourmet offers up a unique palette of Italian gourmet dishes, featured mainly as specialties of the house, among which are interesting twists on portabella al brie in a pomadoro or champiñones-garlic sauce, a light, flavorful panela served up Mediterranean style, a salad that in Spanish says “Salad for the Hungry” (or “let them eat salad”) and it is just that. Packed with enough for two, everything’s fresh and dressed nicely in a house dressing.
More than a review, this is a declaration to all readers to understand that Jitomate’s second name is Gourmet. Just as the pizzas are gustatorially special, so too are the restaurant entrees and specialties (featuring duck and rabbit dishes done Italian style), all splendidly conceived for a must-try gourmet menu. Girard (your chef) has been fashioning Italian food since he was 14 years old and has learned how to take everything Italian up several notches. And he will tell you all about it with great exuberance.