I've been really picking up my own pizza making this year. In an attempt to not get larger, I'm trying to minimize the amount of pizza I eat that is made by other people. Before this Saturday, the only pizza I have had in 2015 that wasn't my own was from DeFazio's. An out of town friend wanted to go. How could I say no?
As a wrap up to the Tour de Soft Serve 2.0, several tour goers went to 9 Miles East Farm for pizza. I don't know how you could walk around the farm, see the chickens, see the fields, meet the people working there and not want this place to succeed. It's beautiful and the people couldn't be nicer.
When I was lucky enough to be a judge in the All Over Albany Tournament of Pizza, the judging mantra was "judge the slice in front of you" meaning focus on the pizza being served and don't compare it to what your ideal pizza is. If you are looking for a whole grain pizza with hints of sourdough and incredibly fresh local toppings, you're really going to like this. Seriously, especially the pie with caramelized onions. I'm going to be adding those to my topping rotation.
That said, I've clearly spent too much time reading and thinking about pizza so I have some opinions...personally, this isn't what I think of when I think pizza - it's a little too much like bread for my tastes. In tearing apart some of the rim of the crust, I couldn't help but think a little pad of butter spread on this would be fantastic. If this pizza was a little thicker, topped the same way, cut into squares and served as the bread in a restaurant, you'd be thrilled and ask your server for at least one more plate of it. There was also a lot of extra flour
on the bottom of the pizza. A lot of bench flour is used shaping and launching the
pizza. I'd be very curious to see how this dough did in the higher temperatures of a wood fired oven. Maybe get a little char on the crusts.
The kids, fresh off the Tour de Soft Serve and still in the mood to rate things, swiped my phone to take some pizza pictures.
The Farmhouse (cheese pizza)
The Barnyard (cheese pizza with sausage)
The weekly special featuring caramelized onions
Casey made up some pizza score sheets with some paper in the car. Here's how the girls scored it.
Toppings 3.5, 4, 3 (cheese, sausage, onion/spinach)
Notes: Little spicy (pretty sure this is regarding the sausage pizza)
Toppings 4, 4, 5 (the 5 is for the onions, which she didn't realize were onions and tried anyway even though some spinach was present)
The visit to 9 Miles East was a really nice end to the Tour de Soft Serve. I'm glad we were able to go. We all had a great day.