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sodagirl May 5, 2008 08:40 AM

was visiting and trying places...have heard about Serious Pie for a few years...

had the potato rosemary...not really impressed...potato slices trap moisture and dough was light soft white bread...needed something...smokes sea salt woul dhave been great...

I sensed ingredients were top notch...but

Tuna salad with ramps and fava beans...ok...but "seriously"...about two spoon fulls and about 3 pieces of ramp...needed salt and a few herbs...I was done in two bites

Staff is friendly...but the place is just downright dirty...wash the trash cans and take a little pride in the place.

I was told TD is friends with MB...he should try Mozza sometime...still so far from a real east coast pizza as can be...but overall a much better experience...did not get the sense TD spends much time there...too stretched out I suppose.

In any regard...i enjoyed the experiemnce but it does not make me want to go back.

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    GreenLakeDave RE: sodagirl May 5, 2008 12:00 PM

    I agree totally. I went for lunch, and the tuna salad was tiny and disappointing, and for the $ I expected to at least not be hungry afterwards. I also tried the potato rosemary pie, and thought it was like potato chips on pizza dough. It sounded and looked great, but was really just a pointless overload of carbs.

    I went out and bought a protein bar directly after leaving so that I could make it through the rest of my day, and that’s after forking over $20.

    I won't be back.

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      cburnsi RE: sodagirl May 5, 2008 01:14 PM

      I would be surprised if one of their goals was to make a good "east coast pizza" :)

      Personally, I love the potato pizza at Serious Pie it is closest pizza that I've had stateside to the ones I loved in Florence. I have always thought the pizzas at SP are especially salty, maybe just past well seasoned so I'm surprised that yours was so bland. I'm not surprised about the size/price comments - I ordered a starter there a couple of weeks ago and when the delivered it I was thinking 'but where's the rest?'.

      Still, their pizza is IMO better than Tutta Bella and Via Trib.

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        akq RE: sodagirl May 5, 2008 03:21 PM

        I put off going to Serious Pie for a long time because it just seemed way overpriced and too small to get in at lunchtime downtown. But, when my assistant decided that's where she wanted to go for her b-day lunch, we went - and I loved my pizza! Two of the four got "plain" pizzas that were fine, the third got a pizza with clams that was okay, but a little strange (I guess I just don't get clams on pizza). I got one with some sort of bacon-y meat (sorry, I completely forget the accurate name, but it wasn't the spicy copa they list on their menu), eggs (they crack raw eggs on the pizza and put it back in the oven so the eggs set a bit) and dandelion greens. WOW. I am still craving that pizza!

        In all, I'd return for the pizza I got, but probably wouldn't be too jazzed about getting any of the others. The pizzas were incredibly expensive for what they were (yes, we each ate an entire $15 pizza) and the salads looked very small for the price. The seating was uncomfortable (but then, I hate tall tables and chairs/bar stools). The staff was nice and helpful. I'd go back, especially if someone else is paying!

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          barleywino RE: akq May 6, 2008 03:19 PM

          i think the bacon-y meat you're referring to is guanciale. just wish they would put more of it on the pie than they do...

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            akq RE: barleywino May 7, 2008 02:58 PM

            That sounds right and I agree with the desire for more on there. Have you tried the potato pizza there? I've read raves about it, but it just doesn't sound that good to me..

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              barleywino RE: akq May 7, 2008 06:00 PM

              haven't tried the potato pizza...sounds too starchy

        2. landguy RE: sodagirl May 5, 2008 07:34 PM

          yeah its lame. Better luck next time with Via Tribunali.

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            passionfoodie RE: landguy May 5, 2008 09:59 PM

            I am curious as to when everybody is going to realize that you will never find what you are looking for in an "east coast style" pizza in this city. we are not an east coast city.

            Via Trib is not all that it's cracked up to be either

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              Earl of Sandwich RE: passionfoodie May 6, 2008 07:41 AM

              I just moved here from New York last year, and I like Serious Pie and Via Tribunali.

              Serious Pie is really its own thing--not an east coast pizza, certainly, but a delicious whatever-it-is.

              As for Via Tribunali, I've had better "east coast" pies in New York and better Neapolitan pies in New York, but Via Trib is good enough to scratch the itch--as long as it's ordered well done. That's my real gripe with Seattle pizza: Everybody undercooks it.

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                sodagirl RE: passionfoodie May 6, 2008 07:48 AM

                Not looking for an east coast pizza shop...I own one here in CT...maybe the restaurant should be named "Serious Flatbread" or Creative Crust" or something that does not relate to a term that in most of the country is pretty precise...

                see my note on Mozza in LA ...same idea done better...regardless of location...the ratio of dough to sauce to toppings is pretty standard for all of them to work in tandem...my pie had too much potato and was not seasoned...it was bland and boring.

                ...while ingredients were terrific...composition and preparation letft me wanting...and to pay $37 plus a tip for a pizza and a small composed salad...(I didn't drink...driving) it should not be pedestrian...and leave me "craving" another...

                Eggs on pizza are great...I do a Penne Rigate Puttanesca with a poached egg on top...what a terrific combination...and any green grown n a field that is sour or bitter is right up my alley...so the ideas are great...despite first impressions i will try it again

                You folks are so lucky not to have to buy mushrooms and greens that are transported cross country for 9 months of the year...

                I wonder if TD is really spending much time there...and the kitchen was really dirty/messy...and I am not a fanatic...but watching the cooks...some of the techniques for handling prepared food left a bit to be desired.

                Best thing about Seattle...for about six hours on Thursday evening the skies cleared and you could see all the mountains...what a terrific city.

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                  sodagirl RE: passionfoodie May 6, 2008 07:50 AM

                  I almost forgot...regarding the clams and bacon ...that pizza is the standard at Frank Pepe's in New haven...which many people like to think is the place pizza started...see the New England board for lots of discussion on pretentious pizza here in the east.

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                    akq RE: sodagirl May 7, 2008 03:01 PM

                    I guess to me the clams turned out unappetizing as they are small to begin with, and then baked out of their shells on the pizza and turn into small, shriveled, rubbery things. It didn't make sense to me and what I generally like about clams was cooked out of them.

                    Is that the same way the clam pizzas are done on the east coast?

              2. dagoose RE: sodagirl May 6, 2008 10:04 AM

                I found serious pie to be not really that exciting or interesting. People talk about it like they reinvented the wheel, but really I though they just took good ingredients and put them on a pizza. I loved the flavors, but most of the stuff I tried would have been better as a dish with bread on the side than on a pizza. I haven't tried tutta bella, but I have tried via trib, which I found to be not too exciting either, but at least the meats were AMAZING. They serve up some great cured meats.

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                  burritobelle RE: sodagirl May 7, 2008 08:49 PM

                  I also ordered the clam pizza, and it made me never wanna go back to Serious Pie. It was like eating a cracker with clams on it. And I was still hungry afterwards!

                  1. Vetter RE: sodagirl May 10, 2008 09:29 PM

                    I thought it was tasty pizza, but I hated eating in that tight of a space. And I'd like to point out (because I have an obnoxious and persistent belief in the rights of folks with disabilities) that the place is inaccessible and that a person in a wheelchair couldn't possibly eat comfortably anywhere in the joint.

                    FWIW, my sweetie couldn't have joined me there. I won't be back.

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                      WrightEats RE: Vetter May 10, 2008 10:15 PM

                      I love the pizza, but Vetter, you're right - I've watched someone in a wheelchair try to go in there once while I was there (through the door with the wheelchair sign on it) and they left as soon as they saw that all of the tables were way too high for anyone in a wheelchair.

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                        sodagirl RE: WrightEats May 12, 2008 12:55 PM

                        The clma pie in New Haven is m ade in tandem with bacon...the fat cooks around the clams and melds into a pretty good pie...but there has to be some tenderness to the crust...the crispy flatbread that is becomming so common does not work well with this.

                        Vetter...my grandmothers maiden name from Woonsocket South Dakota...any relation?

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                          Vetter RE: sodagirl May 12, 2008 09:25 PM

                          Sodagirl, I just asked my aunt the genealogist by email. I know I'm related to some Vetters or Strozyks in the upper midwest, but I don't recall the story. But my aunt will know!

                          Ahhh, you make me long for new england pizza. My sweetie is from RI and we always go crazy eating pizza when we're out there. Amazing stuff and so underappreciated for what it is compared to what we get in the Pac NW.

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