Monday, May 23, 2011

Independent Pizzeria

Last night, the kids went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4 so Bob and I took the opportunity to wander the Madison Park neighborhood and check out a new place to eat. Well, new to us... Independent Pizzeria opened a little over a year ago and it's been on my "let's try" list. When I first read about this new pizza place, I must admit I was disappointed to learn it was going to be located in the space occupied by Impromptu Wine Bar Cafe. We had spent some lazy, summer evenings at Impromptu enjoying drinks and tasty appetizers and had looked forward to more visits. Oh well...I do love good pizza, so trying Independent Pizzeria was inevitable.

The small space is cozy and we sat in the corner on a leather couch with a coffee table. It was bustling with diners and folks waiting for take out orders. Our server informed us of the long wait for pizzas due to all the orders but we were not in a hurry and relaxed; I enjoyed a glass of Prosecco. We shared an olive plate and the mixed salad while we waited and the salad was quite large and satisfying. It had tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms and Mama Lil's peppers and was dressed with a very nice garlicky vinaigrette.

When our Florentine pizza arrived I fully intended to take a photo for you, but we dug in so quickly I forgot! The crust was a delicious combination of crusty and chewy and nicely charred. The pie was topped with tomato, spinach, mozzarella, grana, ricotta and a soft egg (loved the egg!). It was well worth the wait.

Independent Pizzeria has a comfy, neighborhood feel and is a great addition to Madison Park. The service is attentive and the food well prepared. I plan to return and hope it will be on a warm, sunny evening so we can sit outside in the small patio area. Here in Seattle we have to grab all the outdoor time we can!

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