Brain Dump: West Coast Pizza Madness 2009, Where I Visited
I know it's taken me a while to get the lead out re this trip. I've been back in NYC for six days after 12 days total on the road (nine actual pizza-eating days among those). I figured that regular Slice readers might want the skinny on which places I visited while out west. They're above in the map, but I'll also list them below, after the jump.
What was I doing on this crazy-ass expedition? Well, Ed and I are working on a project that we'll divulge at later date. My portion of the project involved touring some specific pizzerias on the West Coast as well as Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix on my way home.
Starting on Saturday October 24 and ending on Saturday, October 30, I went to Portland, Oregon; Seattle; San Francisco; L.A.; and then Phoenix. If you didn't catch the list in my "Margherita Pizzas are Boring" post, here's the basic itinerary:
San Francisco Bay Area
Flour + Water
Kansas City, for a Pizza-free Breather
At this point, I flew to Kansas City, where I visited my family and friends and ate lots of salad, fruits, vegetables, and prunes.
Seattle, Part 2
Delancey: I had goofed on my itinerary the first time around in Seattle and was there on a Monday, one of two days when Delancey is not open. Seeing that I still had some allotted time left in my road trip, I had my trip rerouted back to Jet City and made it to this newcomer when it was actually open.
NYC: Home Sweet Home
11/5 to 11/6 (Thursday/Friday)
Red eye home to Newark. You know, Newark is a royal pain in the ass if you're arriving there around 1:30 a.m. There are almost no non-taxi transit options at that hour. I was lucky to have caught the last public bus toward downtown Newark, where I jumped on the PATH to Manhattan. Wow. Downtown Newark is not where you want to be at 2 a.m. with a backpack full of digital equipment.
A Unique Trip
I know I sounded a bit whiny and maybe a bit ungrateful in the "Margherita Pizzas Are Boring" post yesterday, but I truly did cherish this trip. Even when visiting what are considered some of the best pizzerias in a given region, you're going to hit some misses along the way. It comes with the territory of expanding your pizza knowledge.
I've still got an awful lot of pizza intel to share with you, and I really wish I could have done it as it happened, but the thing is that I was traveling almost nonstop while on the road. If I wasn't actually sampling pizza, I was on a bus, train, or plane (or on foot or in a Zipcar) to the next destination.
Overall, it was a load of fun, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I met up with existing friends in some places and made some new ones along the way (including two couples from Kansas while waiting in line at Bianco). And all the cities I visited were beautiful in their own way — I only wish I had more time to explore each (and eat something there other than pizza). I'll try to wrap this stuff up in the next few days. Oh, and watch for Ed's posts about the places he visited for this project. He'll have stories about Atlanta, Philly, and New Haven for you. All in due time. All in due time.