I have been a fan of Molly Wizenberg for several years, ever since I discovered her blog, Orangettte. Molly's blog, started in 2004, as a creative outlet for her passion of food, markets, cooking and recipes. Orangette garnered awards and gained an international following.
Here is a link to the Orangette recipe index.
Following the success of the blog, Molly wrote A Homemade Life, a delightful book of stories centered food memories and a recipe. While the recipes are excellent and make you want to start cooking, it is the charming stories of family, friends and events that have you captivated.
So, all of this to say that I just experienced Delancy, the restaurant enterprise of Molly and her husband, Brandon Pettit, located in the Ballard section of Seattle. I read about Delancy in Molly's blog and a NY Times review and I was very excited to be able to enjoy the restaurant first hand.
The restaurant is a casual pizza place with a hip vibe. The menu includes several salad made from the freshest ingredients as well as killer desserts. The focus, however, is pizza. This is not just any pizza. Brandon spent two years perfecting the pizza dough to rival the New York style pizza he loves. The pizzas are topped with the the freshest vegetables, delectable cheeses and flavorful meats, herbs and oils and then baked in a wood-fired oven. The result is a lovely chewy thin crust with a bit of a sourdough taste.
Most pizza offerings are classic combinations. I ordered the white pie with homemade ricotta, fresh and aged mozzarella, grana and garlic. A dining companion ordered the crimini mushroom with fresh mozzarella, thyme and olive oil. Another pie I sampled was the fennel sausage pizza. My dinner partners and I ordered 3 pies with the intent of taking slices home for the next day. That never happened. The pizza was too good to not eat on the spot. Click here to view the menu.
If you can't get to Seattle, check out Molly's blog or book.