Sunday, June 2, 2013

Razzi's Pizzeria

On our first full day in Seattle my sister and I did what any good tourist would do: we left the city.  I suppose it's a bit odd to begin a trip to a new city by leaving, but the way our schedules worked out with our Seattle friends it made most sense to leave Seattle and do our "nature" day on that first day.  We headed out to Rattlesnake Ledge via the I-90 floating bridge and had an absolute blast.  The trailhead for the hike was about 35 minutes from our place in Ballard and the ride was beautiful; the lush green of Seattle is something that I definitely miss here in southern California.  The hike itself was similarly lush, with moss-covered trees leading us to up top to a beautiful view.  Photographs don't do it justice, but I figured I would include one anyway!

After our hike we were famished.  I had done a brief Google search for gluten free restaurants in Seattle and had happened upon Razzi's Pizzeria.  The menu looked decent online so we thought we would give it a whirl.  When we walked in we were easily seated without any wait; the place wasn't particularly busy.  The waitress asked whether we had any eating restrictions, including gluten or any veganism.  When she handed me the enormous gluten free menu I initially thought she was confused; how could a gluten free menu offer so much?  My sister had a "regular" menu and we compared the two, noting that almost everything on the "regular" menu had a gluten free substitute, including the restaurant's pasta, pizzas, calzones, grinders, etc.  I was like a kid in a candy shop... They also had a great gluten free beer selection, including my favorite, Estrella Damm Daura.  They also had Bard's Tale from my hometown of Utica, NY!  It was nice to see a little bit of home while my sister and I were thousands of miles away.

My sister is awesome and agreed to eat a gluten free meal so I could try a variety of options.  We ordered the garlic bread to begin, a W.O.W. calzone, a mushroom pizza.  Very light on the carbs, obviously.

The first words out of my mouth after biting into that delicious looking calzone: "This is the best thing to ever happen to me in my entire life."  There was really nothing like having a calzone after nine years of Celiac Disease.  It was delicious, despite my sister telling me it wasn't quite a "true" calzone.  Regardless we devoured the calzone and the pizza we ordered and both were delicious.  As for the garlic bread, it received the highest compliment any gluten free food can get: my sister said it tasted "real."

I enjoyed the flavors of the calzone but I absolutely loved the pizza.  All of the restaurant's breads are made in-house.  When I asked our waitress why the restaurant began introducing gluten free food, she sent the owner, Amir, over to speak to us.  He told us that many people in his family have gluten intolerance so he started experimenting with gluten free flours about five years ago.  He said the toughest one to crack was the calzone, because the consistency needed to be different but similar to that of the pizza crust.  We sincerely thanked him for making such awesome gluten free options available to people in Seattle and travelers like my sister and I.

If you are gluten free and passing through Seattle, Razzi's needs to be on your list.  This place is a must.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Razzi's Pizzeria
8523 Greenwood Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103 (Map)

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