Kashaya's Brick Oven Pizza (Sonoma, Cotati, Santa Rosa)
After posting about a particularly bad pizza in Salinas, I feel like I need to get the taste of that out of my mouth by sharing a really GOOD one. Last month I visited the Friday morning farmers market in Sonoma. One of the best new vendors this season is Kashaya's Brick Oven Pizza, baked to order in a trailered oven.
Kashaya's day job is baking for Whole Foods in Petaluma. Previously, she worked for Della Fattoria, where she learned the magic of wood-burning ovens. This year she's selling at the two Sonoma farmers markets and at Cotati's on Thursday evenings. She's also available for catering gigs.
The brick oven is fired well before the opening of market and transported here hot so that it's at full temperature and ready to go.
Brick oven and Kashaya at work:
Pizzas are $7 or $12 for large. I ordered the spinach, ricotta and garlic and asked for it "scorched". The pizza crust, made with organic flour, is great with the special nuance that wood smoke and high heat add. Chewy-tender on the puffy edges, stretched extremely thin in the middle, crisp on the bottom, and full of yeasty goodness. It did start to get a little tough when it started to cool off. I hadn't seen her work before ordering, and next time I'll just have her do it her way since a usual order is well-browned enough. I might ask for a little more olive oil drizzle, but other than that the balance of salt and savory against the green leafiness of the baby spinach was just perfect.
Spinach, ricotta and garlic pizza:
I also snapped pics of two pizzas waiting for their owners to come back and pick them up. Sorry, I didn't get to taste them.
Potato, rosemary, mushroom pizza:
Apricot and strawberry with slivered almonds pizza:
Toward the closing time of the market, she started to run out of some topping ingredients, and the number of orders also increased. So best to order earlier to have your pick and not wait as long. Highly recommended.
Kashaya's Brick Oven Pizza
Santa Rosa, CA, Santa Rosa, CA
Yes, the Friday market is in a big parking lot, but it fills up fast. Nice thing is that you can pick up something for lunch here and then take it to the park to eat it.
Tuesday's farmers market is in Sonoma plaza from 5:30pm to dusk; Cotati's is Thursday evening starting at 4:30pm.
Update on Kashaya's yummy pizza –
At the Sonoma Farm Market this morning, a choice of five pizzas
Spinach, ricotta, black pepper & garlic
Bacon, walnut, carmelized onion & blue cheese
Pesto, red pepper, red onion & goat cheese
Sausage, chard, mushroom, carmelized onion
Mixed vegetable – I saw three different versions of this come out of the oven – baker's choice included greens, squash, onion, kalamata olives, cherry tomato, garlic & things I couldn't name.
Instead of two sizes of pizza, she's now offering a whole pizza for $10 or a quarter for $3.
The pizza was turning quickly, but I passed on the 20 minute old sausage pizza for a slice each of bacon & veggie. Wow, still great pizza! The young man helping her said they're doing great business and at 11 AM there was a line.
An additional update that at the Tuesday night market they've only been offering calzones for the past few weeks. I'm not sure what all of the offerings have been, but I tried a ham, potato and dijon one a few weeks ago that was very tasty. I'll have to try to make it to the Friday market to try the pizza.
Kashaya-Spotting Update: Herself, her magical brick pizza oven on wheels and her lovely pizzas were at last Saturday morning's Santa Rosa Farmer's Market at the Vet's Building. (a blessing, since Mateo Granados was absent...*sigh*) Not sure if she will be there every Saturday for a while, or if she's seeing how she will do there or...didn't get a chance to ask. Planning on attempting a trip to the FM this coming Saturday and will keep an eye out for her.