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Porta: Pizza, Beer, Christmas

Porta: Pizza, Beer, Christmas

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree?

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I just finished setting up my Christmas tree and I think it’s quite darling. Believe it or not, the first real tree I’ve ever had! Growing up, we had a fake one (I know.) and my parents didn’t start getting a real one until after I moved out. I’ve lived on my own for quite some time now and never had a tree for whatever reason. (That reason was, historically, that I was broke, busy, and somewhat of a scrooge.) I’ve always loved Christmas but this is the first one I’ve had where I’ve felt settled. So, a tree it was!

Knowing all of that, when I was offered the sweet Pizza & A Porta Tree deal, of course I went for it. Here’s what it is: a tree, two pizzas, and either a pitcher of beer or a carafe of house wine. You can have all of that and snag a 3-4 foot tree for $60 or make it a big one (5-6 footer) for $80.

I tried I and I gotta say: it’s the perfect idea for an afternoon or evening out with family or friends—or both! Pizza. Beer. Christmas. Repeat.

With Pizza & A Porta Tree in Philly, you can choose a Marinara, Margherita, or Meatball Pizza, along with a carafe of the house red, white, or rosé, or a pitcher of Delco Lager, Peroni, or Allagash White. We went with Marinara, Margherita, and Allagash. (I’m a Peroni girl but I was outnumbered.)

After you’re done eating and drinking, you can head outside and pick your tree, and someone from Porta will help tie it to the top of your tree. (And by “help,” I mean, “do the whole thing by themselves because Porta was feeling extra generous and provided a second pitcher of beer, meaning you just played a part in ridding the world of two pitchers of beer”)

Darling, right? My family even picked out some of the sweetest ornaments from my childhood—along with some of the most random misfit ornaments the family has gathered throughout the years—to decorate. I added some candy canes (oops, ate two already) and, of course, the lights. It’s simple, traditional, and adds the perfect cozy glow as I eat cookies and watch Christmas episodes of my favorite shows. Speaking of which… I’m off to do that!

xo, e.m.

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