Name: Serious Pie
Location: Seattle, WA
Meal: Pizza with salami, caramelized onions, and sardegna
First order of business is to get the cliché out of the way; Serious Pie is seriously good. Now that’s out of the system and we can focus on the more important things about Serious Pie, mainly how tantalizingly good it is. Tom Douglas is Mr.Seattle Restaurant; located mainly all within the same area he currently has five different restaurants. My trip to Seattle had me staying only a few blocks from Serious Pie so I made walk over. For all the strengths of Serious Pie is does have one glaring drawback, it is tiny. The entire place holds a small counter, wood fire oven, prep area, all the baking for Chef Douglas’s other restaurants, and maybe a dozen or so long hightop tables. Guests are sat in a communal style I’ve only really seen in Seattle, at the same table as other parties often in elbow striking distance. The cramped quarters don’t seem to deter too many. More focused on eating and getting some sleep (first night in Seattle) I took advantage of their take out option and got my pie to go. Continue reading
Name: Punch Pizza
Location: Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN
Meal: Italian Salad, Neapolitan Pizza, and a Coke
If you would have asked me where I would find great pizza, pizza worthy of note by the Italian government, Minneapolis/St.Paul would have been just about at the bottom of any list I could come up with. As it turns out the Twin Cities is home to a great group of pizzerias called Punch Pizza. Punch is quick to draw attention to themselves as having been designated by the Italian government as Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.). The designation means that only certain ingredients are used and it is made to very specific standards. Having eaten Margherita pizza in Naples, Italy I can say that this is quite authentic pizza and delicious to boot. There are few differences between the Twin Cities and beautiful seaside Naples but the pizza is fairly dead-on, and delicious.
Italian Chop Salad
Half Margherita / Half Salame e Funghi
Punch Pizza crust
Name: Pizza Mart, affentionately known to most as Jumbo Slice
Location: Adams Morgan
Meal: Slice of Pepporoni Pizza and a soda
I had, for a few years, tried to hold to the belief that Washington,D.C. has no one single food. No cheese steak, no chowder, no beef on weck; no one food that was regionally beloved. That belief was first invalidated with my discovery of Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street. Even before that, I had long heard of DC’s second food, Jumbo Slice, but had never had a chance to partake. The idea of a huge slice of pizza certainly peaked my interest but my I’m not much for nightlife so I never found myself in Adams Morgan until recently. Needless to say, I was excited to finally have a chance to experience the Jumbo Slice.
For the uninitiated, Jumbo Slice is a HUGE slice of a pizza. Catering to the late night crowd in Adams Morgan, Pizza Mart was the first restaurant to start offering these huge slices.When I say huge, I mean huge; the pizza it comes from is 30 inches across. A single slice of Jumbo Slice is over a foot across, and close to a foot and half long.
Pizza with Mushroom and Onion
Name: Haymarket Pizza “The Famous One”
Location: Boston, MA
Meal: Slice of Mushroom and Onion Pizza and a Pepsi
People often make the joke that pizza is a lot like something else, even when it is bad it is still pizza. I’ve been to the top of the pizza world, having eaten at a coal-fired pizzeria in Naples, Italy. I’ve also had crappy college delivery pizza at 1:00 in the morning. Haymarket Pizza was definitely on the better half of my pizza scale. The crust is great, the sauce a little strong (heavy on oregano), and the cheese is melted so therefore good. What Haymarket excels at is delivering a tasty meal quickly and at a very decent price. During lunchtime they do such a steady business that any one of their dozen-plus varieties of pizza is served piping hot without any reheating. You can easily be in and out of Haymarket with two slices and a drink in less than 3 minutes and having spent less than $6.00.
Inside Haymarket Pizza
Haymarket Pizza "The Famous One"