We rarely make it to Madison Park – even though it isn’t far from Capitol Hill, for some reason we rarely think about heading that direction. Possibly in our mind, it’s a “family-oriented” neighborhood…more toy stores and maternity clothing stores than bars and restaurants. However, we now have a new reason to go out in Madison Park.
A group of us made the trek to go see the Christmas Boats last weekend. In my many years in Seattle, I have never participated in the 60-year tradition. It was definitely a treat. The park filled up quickly as the lighted boats paraded in. We sang along to several Christmas carols and snapped several pictures of the beautiful scene on the lake. Filled with holiday spirit, we headed to The Independent Pizzeria for dinner. To be honest I had never heard of it. We walked in to a very tiny tiny room and simple kitchen with a large wood stove. While there were only a total of about five tables, we were lucky to immediately get seated on the end of a large picnic style table. I understand there is usually a long wait.
Everything on the menu looked delicious. It was hard to settle, but we decided on The Farmer (tomato, grana, fiore di latte, soft egg, smoked prosciutto di Friuli) and State Fair (tomato, mozzarella, pecorino, Fra’mani Italian sausage, green pepper). We ordered the mixed salad as a starter. Everything was reasonably priced, including the beer and wine, and we picked out a delish Syrah to go with our pizza.
The large salad was plenty for the three of us; the herb vinaigrette dressing is light and has great flavor. Then for the pizzas. We ate the State Fair first. Not one complaint. Loved the sausage. But…The Farmer was even better. Delicious prosciutto and the soft egg was perfection. We were all pleasantly surprised about our new-found pizza place in Madison Park.
While there were a LOT of kids (which we aren’t used to here in Capitol Hill), the atmosphere was simple and fun. Service was friendly and even though they were quite busy, I had no complaints about the wait for food. Would have loved to stay for another drink as more of our friends arrived, but unfortunately, the table we were at was needed for a reservation coming in. (Good to note that reservations are accepted!)
I consider myself a pizza snob…and this is definitely at the top of my pizza list in Seattle. We will definitely be back. Very soon. 5 out of 5 stars!