316 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 838-7388
Yumminess factor: 5/5 (5+/5 based on pizza alone!)
Locavore approved?: Yes- seasonal ingredients sold at nearby Pike’s Place Market used in starters and on pizzas
With the new Napolean pizza craze that has hit Vancouver in the past couple of years (Nicli, Farina, Novo, Verace, Bibo, and more recently Famosa and La Terrazza), I thought that I had tasted the best of the best short of going to Italy for the real deal.
Although Vancouver has come a long way in building its pizza repertoire (especially with Nicli and Farina), Serious Pie has taken the lead as my all-time favorite pizza. We arrived in Seattle at 10:30 just in time to get to Serious Poe before it closed at 11pm. Even at this hour, the place was still packed and customers were continuing to walk through the door. My husband was feeling a bit under the weather so we decided to get our to go and bring them back to the hotel. While waiting for our pizzas, I ordered a started of asparagus with salsa verde and anchovies. The asparagus was of course seasonal and was grown locally as per our server. While the salsa verde was a bit too "herby" for my liking (holy mint!), the asparagus was prepared beautifully and the anchovies added a welcome salty bite.
For pizzas, I ordered the seasonal pie with spring onions, sheep's milk cheese and organic arugula. Oh my god- pizza perfection. Heaven on a plate (or in a box in this case!). The spring onions were plentiful and mild. The sheep's milk cheese was creamy and added just the right amount of saltiness. It was covered in beautiful organic arugula and then topped with a few drops of oil. The crust was crisp and thin, with beautiful charred edges. This pie left me speechless. Simple, fresh and delicate. Magnificent.
My husband had their version of a Marguerita with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil. Simplicity at its best. My husband was most impressed with the tomato sauce, although he cannot really say why. Maybe it is just Serious Pie magic?
The other great thing about Serious Pie is that its prices are very reasonable, making it accessible to most. It offers a casual atmosphere, perfect for a laid-back evening with friends and/or a significant other.
Serious Pie instantly made the 3 and a half hour drive to Seattle was worth it in just one bite. What a way to start the trip- best pizza in life.