Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Desert Island Pizza Joint

Zeek's,'re both great. I've had a good time with you and I really like your personality. But I think we should start seeing other people. I mean, we can still be friends, can't we? The occasional visit now and then?

What? You think there is someone else, another pizza place that stole me away?

Well, I have to be honest, because we're friends and I don't want to lie. I have been seeing this other place for a couple of weeks now. Yeah, two weeks in a row, in fact. I think it is getting serious. I even bought their shirt for my son. The name is Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. and it is a keeper.

Oh, so you want to know what my new love has that you don't have? The crust, oh the light and chewy and not a speck of greasy. Yes, Zeek's...your crust is really amazing, too, but there is just something so special about my new place.

The first date was an amazing array of cheesy herbed breadsticks to dip in a downright spicy tasting sauce. My kids were a little put off, but you know how I like things spicy. After the breadsticks, we moved on to one of the specials...The Boston Spaceship, utilizing salami slices from none other than Seattle's own Salumi (think Mario Batali's dad...). And sweet onions. Wow!

And I when I asked for a little sugar at the end of the night, do you know what I got? Two fresh walnut chocolate-chip cookies (Columbia City Bakery) sandwiching some delicious Molly Moon Salted Caramel ice cream (also available in Vanilla Bean). I'm literally swooning just thinking about it.

Well, I tried to wait the customary week before calling just so I wouldn't look desperate. I managed to make it the whole week without even cyber-stalking this new place. But when the opportunity arose, I went for it.

This time, I was charmed with the very classy flavors of the Figure 8 pie...fresh figs, walnuts, prosciutto, goat cheese, and chopped arugula. I think I'm falling in love!

I can't wait to try their Washington pie...their version of the Hawaiian, but with local ham, caramelized onions, and granny smith apple slices. Or how about the one with an egg, arugula, fresh mozzarella, and red onion? And I swear I saw something with pulled pork on top.

We might as well start picking out some curtains because there are so many new avenues I want to explore (like the grown-up dessert called the Irish a root beer float only the vanilla ice cream is dunked in a pint of Guinness).

And you should be happy for's not every day that you meet the pizza joint you're meant to be with forever.


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