Seriously serious pie in Seattle

My new year's resolution?  Get back down to Serious Pie for round two.

This weekend found my best friend and I roadtrippin’ down to Seattle for a little art.  SAM (Seattle Art Museum) was hosting works from the Musée National Picasso in Paris.  What ensued was a truly memorable weekend; a treat for all the senses as the works we saw were only heightened by a little food art we found at a place called Serious Pie.

Serious Pie is a restaurant by Tom Douglas, a Seattle chef and restaurateur who has opened a number of differently themed restaurants around Seattle and its environs, such as the Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s Seafood and Palace Kitchen and Lola’s.  Serious Pie is his most recent addition to the Douglas family. 

What makes a great pizza?  I break it down into three categories:  crust, ingredients and flavour combinations.  Serious Pie rates well in all these categories.  It boasts a light, crispy crust that isn't soggy with a tinge of chewiness around the edges.  Of course, only the best charcuterie and artisan cheeses are selected for these amazing creations.  However, I would have to say that in the flavour combinations category, Serious Pie wins hands down.

Upon a recommendation from a Seattle resident (every local we mentioned this place to all seemed to know of it), we chose the yellowfoot chanterelle and truffle cheese pizza along with the fennel sausage, roasted red pepper and provolone pie.  The elusive, rich taste of the truffle complimented the chanterelles delicate flavour perfectly on top of that crispy crust.  The fennel sausage was sweet and especially tasty and contrasted nicely with the little bits of sea salt sprinkled along the crust.  Although we chose to concentrate on pizza, their salads and appetizers looked pretty intriguing as well. 

Their happy hour, between 3 to 5 pm, ensures that they are constantly packed because their “mini pies” drop to only 5 dollars each.  One note though, this place does not do reservations, and you will find constantly find a line.  They will often take people’s cell phone numbers and send them on their way and then give them a ring when a table comes up.  It’s pretty common to have a two-hour wait around dinnertime, so consider yourselves forewarned and get there early if you can.  And if you’re not familiar with downtown Seattle, not to worry, it’s a 10-minute walk from the market. 

By the way, the Picasso exhibit, which was also amazing, is still on till the 17th, so you still might have a chance to get down there.  Of course, have some seriously artistic pie while you’re down there too!

Serious Pie

316 Virginia St.

Seattle, WA

(206) 838-7388

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