That’s Amore

By Jonathan Baca, Guest Writer

Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria, located in Nob Hill at 2929 Monte Vista Boulevard NE, is a temple to thin crust, savory sauces, and globs of gooey mozza­rella, and as New Mexico’s only certified, sanctioned Neapolitan restaurant, they take pride in getting the little things right.

In order to be certified as an official Neapolitan pizzeria, pizza chefs must train with the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, the official governing body of thin-crust, Italian style pizza, at one of their training centers in Naples or New York City.

Owners Gabriel and Kimberly Amador trained with APN president Roberto Caporuscio at his num­ber-one and number-two ranked pizza joints in the Big Apple, and came home to start the state’s first officially recognized parlor.

Neapolitan pizza differs from the average pie in sev­eral key ways.

First and most importantly is the wood-burning oven, which is Amore’s red-brick, fire breathing behe­moth, and was imported straight from Italy.

Pizzas start off no more than three millimeters thick, and are thrown into the oven at a staggering 905 degrees for only 60-90 seconds, in an attempt to get that perfectly thin, crispy crust.

Several of Amore’s key ingredients must be sourced directly from Italy, and their mozzarella, sauces, dough and bread are all handmade in-house, something that was hard to believe, but makes a big difference once it is eaten.

All other ingredients are sourced from as close to home as possible, and Amore has partnerships with sev­eral local farms for veggies and produce.

Amore also has a very extensive wine list, along with a decent selection of local and imported beers. They also serve some unique Italian sodas and other Italian inspired drinks.

So first things first: the pizza.

All pizzas are thin crust of course, and are about nine inches. They are suggested as personal sized, but along with an appetizer, salad or dessert, are really big enough to feed two. There are three different sauces: tomato, white cream, or “rose,” which is a mixture of the two.

Prices for pizza range from $7.15 for the absolute bare-bones to $10.95 for the carnivore special.

There are several vegetarian selections, like the Vegetariano “Trophies of the Garden” pizza, which fea­tured house-made mozzarella, basil, roasted red pep­pers, artichokes, roasted mushrooms, olio and a choice of sauce.

The crust was surprisingly floppy and blonde on the bottom, suggesting that it may have been slightly undercooked.

But when cooking time is 60-90 seconds, it follows that the lines between undercooked, perfectly crispy and completely burned are very thin ones.

Although it was not as crispy as one would hope, the crust had a pleasant texture and was fresh.

The house-made mozzarella was superb, with a bright, tangy flavor and perfect consistency. Instead of being shredded and evenly distributed as cheese typi­cally is on a pizza, Amore uses one or two big globs of cheese per slice that are plopped down and allowed to melt naturally in the oven, which was a surprising and welcome twist.

The vegetables were obviously fresh and tasty.

The mushrooms were clearly roasted to perfection, with a not-too-soft texture and earthy flavor.

The peppers were bright and sweet, and the arti­chokes were not overcooked.

Amore also has an impressive selection of desserts, including Tiramisu and “dessert calzones,” which are actually more like dessert pizzas, as they are flat and not folded.

Along with pizzas, Amore also has a decent selec­tion of salads and pastas, along with a dish they call Pizza Sushi, which consists of Mahi Mahi rolled up in pizza dough, and topped with fresh papaya slaw.

The ambiance at Amore is warm and hip, with modern lighting, warm colors and lots of seating for such a small space. And with warmer weather on the way, it is worth waiting to visit on a warm evening to take advantage of their rooftop patio, which offers abso­lutely beautiful views of Albuquerque.

Best of all, students get 10 percent off any purchase with their IDs so do not forget to bring those along.

All in all, Amore is a fun, affordable and delicious taste of authentic Italy, great for a date night or just a fun time out with friends.

Pride and equality for all

By the Chronicle Editorial Board

It is such a sad occasion that after a great event such as the Pride parade mentioned in the front page article called All the colors of the rainbow at the 2014 Pride Parade, that parade goers are still advised by event coordinators to be aware of one’s environment and to take appropriate precautions after a day at Pride, according to abqpride.com.

People of any creed, race or sexual orientation should not have to be advised to look over their shoulders when gathering anywhere for any reason, and are just reminded of how far our society must still go in order to achieve true equality.

What was great about this year’s event though was that there were less protesters and they did not end up walking in the parade which had been the case in previous years, as only two people were protesting the parade’s beginning point at Girard Boulevard and Central Avenue.

No one should be forced to hear gay slurs or be told that god hates them, because everyone deserves to live their lives the way they want to, without judgment or ridicule for just being who they are in life.

Hopefully in the coming years of the parade there will be no one protesting the equality of LGBTQ individuals, because everyone is entitled to have the same rights as every other indi­vidual and should not be told how to live one’s life or who they should love.

It is also a brilliant idea that the CNM community recog­nizes that there is a need for help in the LGBTQ community with the new LGBTQ plus group, and that students here have a foundation and are supported by the school.

All the colors of the rainbow at the 2014 Pride Parade

By Rene Thompson, Editor in Chief

Pride and all colors of the rainbow were abundant at the third largest parade in the state of New Mexico on Saturday, May 31, with floats and fairies as far the eye could see down Central Avenue.

Pridefest not only brings thousands of New Mexico resi­dents to Albuquerque to celebrate pride month each year, accord­ing to abqpride.com, but also has vendors, politicians, and local businesses in attendance that sup­port the LGBTQ community here in New Mexico.

Rey Garduno, City Councilman for the Nob Hill and International areas of district 6 said that the Pride parade not only brings locals together in a great way, but also brings a better understanding of the community.

Garduno, who was in the parade and at the post family pride event at Morningside Park, said that the best part of the parade for him is when people of all cultures and diversities come together and the sense of antici­pation in the crowd when the parade starts at Girard Boulevard.

“I think this is a good and easy non-confrontational way of learning about each other, so that’s one of the things I enjoy about it, and besides it’s a lot of fun,” Garduno said.

He said the community has started to understand why these types of events are important and why the community needs to get together to support everyone.

“Oh it’s wonderful. Every year I think that it not only grows, but that it gets better and people seem to have a sense of what it is and that they can learn about it, including myself,” Garduno said.

Former CNM student and Social services major, Dawn Shores said that she thought that the parade turned out very well this year and that her organi­zations float from the United Church of Christ stood out this year among the rest.

“They’re (United Church of Christ) open and affirming, and actually my partner and I are getting married there next week with the church,” Shores said.

Shores did also comment on the amount of corporations that were in attendance at the parade, when she said that the parade was a bit heavy on floats having noth­ing really to do with the LGBTQ community.

“There are too many corpo­rations that are getting in the parade and it’s just advertising for them— it’s great that they want to support the community, but they weren’t here 20 years ago,” she said.

Psychology major, Daniel Gonzales, who attended the parade with his family, said that it is important for families to support the community any way they can, and by coming to the parade it shows that the people of Albuquerque really do care about the LGBTQ community.

“It was awesome, I liked it all —I like the people, I like watch­ing the parade, I like the diversity, it’s just everyone supporting the people,” he said.

Gonzales and his wife were at the family pride event doing children’s face painting with his wife’s company, Luna Sirena face painting, and said that they both love to be an active part of the community.

“I support all kinds of rela­tionships; it’s not my business who someone wants to love,” Gonzales said.

For photos of the pride parade, go to the CNM Chronicle website at thecnmchronicleword­press.com.