Recently, it was St. Patrick's Day, and in Takoma Park, Roscoe the Rooster was dressed for the occasion. For those who don't know, Roscoe was a real live rooster who was fed by Takoma Park residents, but was free to roam the streets of this small town straddling the DC-Maryland border. For many years, he was the nimble embodiment of the free-spirit ethos of the town, until one day he met an untimely demise. He is commemorated by a small statue on Carroll Street, which is also the site of the Sunday Farmers' Market.
When a new pizza parlor opened in Takoma Park a couple of years ago -- filling the void left by the closure of the town's only Italian restaurant several years before that -- it, too, decided to honor the much beloved rooster. Its name: Roscoe's Neapolitan Pizzeria.
We dropped in there this past Sunday after doing the rounds at the Farmers' Market -- our first time, even though Roscoe's has been open for quite a while now and can no longer be regarded as "new". We were drawn to the delicate stone masonry that frames the bar and, although I rarely drink at lunch time, I decided to join Chris in having beer with our pizza.
I admit that I am sometimes seduced by appealing packaging, and my eye lighted on the St. Peters Organic Ale, with its curiously shaped oversized green bottle. This turned out to be an incredibly refreshing brew, somehow hoppy, fruity and light all at the same time. In fact, Roscoe's beer collection as a whole is impressive, including organic beers, seasonal beers, beers with intriguing names (Starrhill The Love Heffeweizen?) and some familiar Belgian labels. The pizza here was just fine -- we had the Totto with a topping of arugula and extra tomato sauce -- but it is the beer selection at Roscoe's that is something to crow about.