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Serious pie= just serious OK

jlom907 Apr 30, 2011 09:52 PM

went with wife for first time on Friday. Was looking forward since I have heard some good things and have eaten at some great pizza places even pizzeria bianco in az, not that I was looking for the exact same thing, but I did leave wanting something more. For $50 for 2 pizzas and 2 blue ribbons I was disappointed. I mean at pizzaria Bianco I got 3 pies and a beer for under 55 bucks. We ordered the guancale, egg and arugula. It had an ok balance but the guancale was non existent, i searched through the pizza and found them very sparse andwhen i did find it in the pie it was basically see through and flavorless. I wanted to add some salt but felt ashamed to ask. The other pie was the chantrel mush, great flavor on this one but again for the 3 pieces that had mushrooms on them the other 6 pieces where just great bread. The dough I will say is great, but when I get artisan pizza I would like a few more good pieces than 3 for 18 bucks a throw.

Overall it was ok, but not worth the money, not trying to pinch pennies as i do not mind spending money on great food. Met some good guys sitting next to me and was with my lovely wife so was not all bad. Prob won't go back, will hit delancy or flying squirrel any day of the week over this place. I will say Tom Douglas's best thing was the doughnuts next door we had at the d lounge for $8.

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    WikiAdam RE: jlom907 May 1, 2011 11:24 AM

    Pretty much how I feel about the pizza here. It was probably the best pizza in Seattle for a while, but now that we have Delancey, there's no point in going here anymore. I will say that their sausage and peppers pie is pretty good, and if you dine here, that is absolutely the pizza you should order.

    1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

    1. eight_inch_pestle RE: jlom907 May 2, 2011 03:39 PM

      We tend to go during happy hour, when we're out and about and in the mood for a few bites and a beer or two. You can get that delicious chanterelle pie and some good beers at a much better price.

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        dave_c RE: eight_inch_pestle May 5, 2011 11:59 AM

        (+1) For the price, I agree that happy hour is the time to go.

        In regards to their pizza, I agree with the sentiment in this thread that their pies are okay. My SO thinks I make a better pie at home, but she's biased... :-)

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        Booklegger451 RE: jlom907 May 3, 2011 03:26 PM

        There's no pie in town that compares with Chris Bianco's place in Phoenix. It makes me very sad. That being said, Pizzaria Bianco is a pretty high bar to hold regional pizzarias to, and Serious Pie does a good job by local standards. I've eaten there many times, and have had the sparse topping problem only once or twice. I do prefer Flying Squirrel (just up the road from home), and Delancy is a treat.

        Serious Pie
        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

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          WikiAdam RE: Booklegger451 May 3, 2011 06:54 PM

          There's no pie in the COUNTRY that compares with Pizzeria Bianco. God, why does it have to be in PHOENIX of all places? What a hole.

          Delancey and Flying Squirrel are both excellent choices for Seattle pizza. To this list I would add:

          Independent Pizzeria in Madison Park
          Zayda Buddy's (for Midwestern-style pizza) in Ballard
          Giannoni's (for another good example of New York-style pizza) in West Seattle

          1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

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            grangie angie RE: WikiAdam May 4, 2011 12:56 PM

            I absolutely agree with Giannoni's in West Seattle.
            Closest pie yet to a real New York one....don't know how he can do it & others can't?
            Second choice would be Piecora's.

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              RandyB RE: grangie angie May 4, 2011 08:38 PM

              Hey, folks, it's only a few (ok, four) hours to Twisp and the incredible, wood fired pizzas of Tappi's. The owner/chef brought the oven back from Italy, where he spends a month or two with family each year.

              Thin, crackling crust, his mother's tomato sauce recipe (on pizzas with tomato sauce), and often local ingredients. Examples, sausages made by the butcher up the road; arugula on top after baking, when the local arugula is available.

              Not trendy or frou-frou ingredients, just great pizza. Three stars from me - highest rating on Michelin scale, meaning "worth a trip."

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                WikiAdam RE: RandyB May 5, 2011 09:07 AM

                I checked out the website. The pies look really good! But they're just SO OUT OF THE WAY. Oh well. Someday, I hope.

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              Cbas79 RE: WikiAdam May 7, 2011 01:50 PM

              Adam, thanks for the Giannoni rec. We moved to W. Seattle a couple of months ago (from Portland), and have been going to Zeek's for the most part. While it's a good family spot and the toppings are pretty tasty, there's only so much of that crust I can handle. I went by Giannoni's numerous times with a bit of curiosity, but figured it was a Garlic Jim's/chain type of place. It is certainly not. It is very, very good pizza. We will be there very frequently. Possibly daily. Again, many thanks.

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                WikiAdam RE: Cbas79 May 7, 2011 02:44 PM

                Glad you liked it! It's pretty typical of what you'd get from an above-average New York slice joint.

                When I spoke with the owner, she recommended Abbondanza's to me, also in West Seattle. I haven't tried it yet, but if you happen to, let me know what you think of it!

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                  imachimper RE: WikiAdam May 21, 2011 10:23 PM

                  Yep, I stopped by Serious pie for the first time with a friend from New Jersey. I had to apologize. Not so good for the $$$$

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                terrier RE: WikiAdam Jun 5, 2011 08:21 PM

                Giannoni's is a good slice joint. If they had a couple of decent beers I'd go back for dinner again.

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                passionfoodie RE: Booklegger451 May 24, 2011 07:25 PM

                Chris Bianco is overrated.....So is his pizza...So is the wait for his ego on a plate......

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                  jlom907 RE: passionfoodie May 24, 2011 08:54 PM

                  Not his fault people will wait for his pie, pizza was 12 bucks and way better than anything here in Seattle. I met him personally waiting in line and did not get any ego at all from him at all. For the wait, it was actually kind of fun, met some great people, has some great antipasti and peroni from his bar next door while sitting in the sun. Would do it all over again and reccomend to anyone who goes to Phenoix, so when you say he is over rated please explain? Is it because he values his craft and has perfected it or just because you had to wait in line?

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                    WikiAdam RE: jlom907 May 26, 2011 12:00 AM

                    I echo everything jlom907 said. There is no ego there, and the pizza is peerless.

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                      Booklegger451 RE: jlom907 May 26, 2011 01:59 PM

                      I concur. There's plenty of food-ego in Phoenix, but you won't find much of it at the Bianco joints. He's into what he does, and proud to be producing great food, but he's as friendly, down to earth and sociable as you could want, when he isn't frantically busy. The wait is often over-the-top, but worth it for an occasional treat.

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                  PaqpIn RE: jlom907 May 24, 2011 12:04 AM

                  Honestly one of the best places in the Seattle area for this kind of pizza is Phoenecia on Alki

                  They have excellent wood fired pizza. Not quite as good as Bianco's when Chris was cooking, but much better than Serious Pie and better than Delancy's. In addition they have a great view, really nice staff, and a good menu of other items if there are people who do not like pizza. Worth the trip over to West Seattle.

                  Serious Pie
                  316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

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                    WikiAdam RE: PaqpIn May 25, 2011 11:59 PM

                    I personally don't think it's anywhere near as good as Delancey, but Phoenecia definitely makes a solid pie, and they're worth a stop if you're in the area. They're sausage pie is great!

                    1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

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                      not the bad Steve RE: WikiAdam May 26, 2011 10:16 AM

                      If Delancey dialed back the char, I'd have no problem with a statement that they're better than Phoenecia.

                      1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

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                        WikiAdam RE: WikiAdam Jun 2, 2011 11:13 PM

                        Whoops, meant "their," not "they're." I was tired.

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                        babette feasts RE: PaqpIn Jun 1, 2011 07:29 PM

                        I have to thank you for your phoenicia rec. Went on Monday for the first time and had delicious prosciutto/arugula and lamb sausage/eggplant pies. The crust had a really full flavor, because of the char and the oil but also because of a beautifully fermented dough. So many doughs seem just a little flat, like they need a little more salt or a little more time or both. Phoenicia's crust needed neither, but if it were just a touch thinner, bit saucier, with a wider swath of toppings, I might never go anywhere else for pizza.

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                          firecracker RE: babette feasts Jun 1, 2011 11:07 PM

                          Yikes, I thought Phoenicia was supposed to be "thin crust". I'm simply not interested in anything else. Doggone it. Thought I was on to something good!

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                        dmsalgado RE: jlom907 May 25, 2011 11:08 AM

                        My husband planned a "best thing I ever ate" tour of Seattle and the chantrelle pizza was one of the items on our list to try. Gotta say, we were a bit disappointed... I mean it was good, but not "best thing I ever ate" good. More chantrelles would have definitely upped the ante.

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                          terrier RE: dmsalgado Jun 2, 2011 10:10 AM

                          Serious Pie has definitely shrunk the pies and gotten stingy with the toppings while increasing the price by about $4 a pie (on average) from when they opened. I like their pies but for the money I'm happier at Flying Squirrel.

                          I do like Phoenicia, though - the fig pie and the margherita were fine, and about $2 less than the Serious Pie equivalents (and with a better view.)

                          Serious Pie
                          316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                        2. eight_inch_pestle RE: jlom907 Jun 2, 2011 01:29 PM

                          Part of the problem with Serious Pie is that is was simply overhyped (like many restaurants in Seattle). It should never be in any conversation about best pizza in the country or on the West Coast. I haven't tried everyplace in Seattle, but from what I understand maybe it shouldn't even be considered among the top five in the city. However, I will go to bat for it for what it is: good upscale pizza in a convenient central location.

                          And I do think location is key to both its merits and the hype. Seattle ain't the easiest city to get around in, and Seattleites are always looking for someplace convenient for a meetup. We live in Queen Anne, and any given night out or happy hour might include friends from Ballard, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, West Seattle, Rainier Valley, the Central District, and the odd fellow or two who will need to catch the 550 across the lake at some point. We're not all trekking up to Delancey or out to West Seattle. If folks are in the mood for the kind of pizza Serious Pie does, it's convenient for all and is good eats in a nice little room (and the new SLU location is nearly as convenient via streetcar and a much larger room).

                          It all depends on your expectations, I guess. If you make a special trip there looking for some sort of transformational evening you're going to be massively disappointed. On the other hand, the GF and I are often on foot in that area around happy hour, feeling a bit peckish before a movie or after some shopping: a couple beers and mini-pies later, we are always happy we stopped at Serious Pie. It's a neighborhood treasure miscast as a city treasure.

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