Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Serious Pie and Merry Christmas!

Have you ever had a meal where you had to stop, close your eyes, and just take a long moment to memorize every little flavor and texture you are experiencing so you can remember it on a gross-week-old-leftover night? I realize not everyone out there who is reading this may be foodies; my analogy would be going on a trip where the scenery is beautiful, or you are enjoying a peaceful moment, and you must truly take in the moment so you can look back on it when you return to the real world.

Anyways, Serious Pie was this moment for me. We went out for Calvin's birthday and waited 2 hours before we could be seated. We all said, "this better be worth it." And boy was it.

Serious Pie is one of the newest restaurants by Seattle-Celebrity Chef, Tom Douglas. One of my best friends, Carmen and Jamie, got married at the Palace Ballroom which is a part of this franchise and the food at that wedding was so good I'd hardly call it wedding food.

Serious Pie is a gourmet pizza restaurant that is about the size of an average living room. It has about 7 long tables that remind me of an upscale cafeteria. It is dark and the smells that come out of the real stone pizza oven fill the place up with a delicious, yet not overwhelming, aroma. Because there are so few tables, the line is out the door and there are no reservations. We did find out that they do take-out, so I think next time we might opt for that to avoid the long wait! is what you really care about, the food:

This dish was simply amazing. The waiter recommended it as his favorite dish on the menu and I can see why. It is Brussels sprouts with tender and crispy pork belly. I loved it so much that the next night I ran to Central Market and picked up frozen pork belly and Brussels sprouts and have been attempting to make it. The true test is Christmas, where I am planning on bringing a knock-off as a yummy appetizer. If I finally get it, I will post the recipe.

We all ordered different pizzas and did the good ol' lunch-room swap-a-roo. Kyle and I were lucky to be able to barter as a couple--which meant we got to try every pizza!

These pictures just don't do justice to the heavenly delight we experienced. I was trying to be artistic and get a good shot, but it was just too dark to get a nice one. This is my AMAZING chantrelle mushroom and truffle cheese pizza. It was my favorite on the menu. The crust is so scrumptious and has a salty kick. I have decided that when Kyle and I make pizza at home, I am going to add some kosher salt to the flour to try to emulate Tom's serious pies.

Our friend Pert is such a pig--he ordered TWO pies for himself. Can you believe that?? I'm kidding--Kyle and I instigated it and suggested we order 4 between the three of us so we can try extra pizzas! Above is the salumi pizza--a great, meaty pizza.

Here is pizza #2 that Steve also ordered: the cherry bomb tomato and sausage pizza. It is apparently one of the most popular pies on the menu.

Here is the grand finale--this pizza was on the cover of Seattle Metropolitan magazine and is one of the signature pies of the restaurant. The waiter said they start with an olive oil base, then put several pieces of top quality bacon on top. They stick it in the oven to crisp the bacon. Then, they crack two fresh eggs over the pie and put it in the oven until the eggs set, and are still soft in the middle. Then they top it with dandelion leaves and Parmesan cheese. If you go to Serious Pie, this is a must-try! You'll never have anything like it anywhere else!

Happy Birthday Calvin!

Also, I want to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for being a part of our lives through this silly blog with a whooping 9 followers (we love all 9 of you)! 2009 was definitely full of challenges for everyone, but Kyle and I hope that you all have a peaceful and happy holiday and a 2010 full of health, happiness, and great food.

Happy Eating,



  1. They have a good happy hour, too! The only downside being that it's so early (3-5 pm).

  2. I went a couple of years ago after it first opened and loved it so much! Reading this makes me want to go back. Hope you both have a very happy new year!

  3. the last pizza is my favorite!!! Love the bacon and egg first i thought is was weird...but wow i crave it!!!!