By definition, a whole lotta people love America’s favorite dish, pizza.
But there are few people who LOVE it more than my husband. Pizza Dan has raised the art of making pizza to almost religious levels. He even has a website dedicated to the care and feeding of this humble pie, complete with how-to videos and in-depth wisdom.
So, if you are curious as to how pizza and Whatcom County connect, read on!
- Where is the best pizza? As Pizza Dan would say, the best pizza is at your house. One of the most important elements of making a great pizza is getting the oven screaming hot. Dial it up as high as it will go for an hour with two pizza stones inside, thereby turning your oven into a brick pizza oven. For more tips, go to PizzaHomeChef.com If you wind up making your own pizza, please send Dan a picture of your masterpiece.
- Where can I see an actual pizza oven in action? If you go to the Saturday Farmers Market, you will see Gusto Wood Fired Pizza with its portable, dome-shaped pizza oven. It looks like a gnome house with an inferno inside. Russ flash bakes his individual pizzas in 90 seconds, using fresh, locally based ingredients. It’s quite good, and our daughter is even thinking of having them cater her wedding. If you try Gusto’s, tell them Bliss and Dan said hi! (gustowoodfiredpizza.com)
- Did you know that the pizza ovens used in such well-known restaurants as Wolfgang Puck’s, California Pizza Kitchen and soon-to-be-here Whole Foods, are actually manufactured right here in Bellingham, Washington? Wood Stone Corporation provides pizza ovens all over the world. We’ve even seen them in very upscale homes here in Whatcom County. I believe Wood Stone gives tours. If you want me to look into that, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll go together! Then maybe I get to count the tour as an early Father’s Day present for Dan. (woodstone-corp.com)
- Did you know you can bake pizza outside on your grill? Okay, that’s one of my favorite ways to have it. The crust comes out with a slightly smoky flavor. And it doesn’t take a lot of expertise to do. Dan makes his on a perforated disk placed on top of a cast iron pan on the grill. Keeps your house from overheating in summer, too.
5. No, really, where is the best pizza in Whatcom County? Dan is still mum on the topic since he loves to make his own. But that doesn’t mean I can’t weigh in! Since Dan makes traditional Neapolitan style pizza, I like pizza that is different now and then. If you haven’t been to Fat Pie pizza in Fairhaven, you might want to give it a try. During the warmer weather, they have pizza on their roof deck. I remember last year sipping a brew and watching the boats go lazily past on the Bay. And funnily enough, even though I eat more of a fish and plant-based diet, I am crazy for their meat-tas-tic pizza, which they call The Henry Ford, made Detroit style. At 1015 Harris Avenue. (fatpiepizza.com)
Other Contenders? La Fiama, Goat Mountain, Övn, NYP Bar & Grill…