A welcome addition to Peterborough?
Anyone who has been in Peterborough recently has probably seen the vacant lot at the corner of Hunter and Aylmer turn into a spanking new restaurant called Kettle Drums. It opened this week and I tried it out last night, a Friday.
Given their recent opening I was expecting that they were still "ironing out the kinks." Indeed this was the case, service was slooow and confused but we were in no rush and forgave them for it. Most of the staff were very apologetic and owners? managers? were constantly coming by to check on how things were going.
The pizza was absolutely amazing. Some of the best pizza I've had in recent memory. (Though I hope it wasn't just because the long wait made us extra starving!) The consistency of the dough was just perfect; lightly oiled and dusted in...something, not quite sure, but not flour. Maybe cornmeal? Another positive is that the pizzas are quite large; one could probably serve two people perhaps if a salad or app is also ordered. Pies are in the $14-17 range
My only complaints are the following: the menu is rather sparse. There are only five pizzas on the menu and none are that creative. The pizza with gorgonzola, figs, pine nuts, and bacon was as crazy as it got. It was delicious, though. We also ordered the arugula pizza, which was with mozzarella and bacon. While it was supremely tasty, it looked as if someone had just dumped one of those plastic tubs of arugula onto the cooked pizza; kind of ridiculous! The rest of the menu was quite ho-hum: burgers, chicken sandwiches, panini, and the usual apps and salads. Finally, the beer selection was quite lame. Molson products plus Steam Whistle and Mill St. Organic, none of which I like. They had Beau's on the menu and there is a giant mural advertising the beer in the restaurant but, alas, they didn't actually have any. I can only assume that it's coming.
The patio was nice and divided into smoking and non-smoking sections. Indie-pop was playing in the background. I will be going back for sure!