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55. Pizza a' fetta

Classification: Artisan

Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon

This is the story of two pizzas, as the attached photo illustrates. Recommended to our family by the great JesseDEats, we visited Pizza a' fetta in 2014 during a stay along the Oregon Coast, and having done a fair amount of study about the Pacific Northwest's pizza scene, we were excited to test the local flare. Comfortably nestled in the village of Cannon Beach (home of the famous Haystack Rock), we were immediately intoxicated by the breezy, oceanside vibe of the town, despite its strong and justifiable reputation as a tourist nirvana. And it boasts a local pizzeria that's frequently rated among the nation's best by TripAdvisor and Pizza Today Magazine? Color me intrigued.

The store itself is pretty small and unassuming; red-checkered cloths on the tables and room for about 15 tables with a few more on the outside patio. It took us a while to settle on our toppings, but we ended up doing a half-and-half. I definitely enjoyed my traditional pepperoni, although a few evasive maneuvers were required due to some ingredient-creep from the wife-side of the pizza. They get a slight ding on their aggressive use of seasonings; it was possibly even enough to satisfy Friend of #Pizza100, Kenny "The Basil King" Simone. The flavor was solid, the crust was tender, and the artisanship was clearly on full display. This isn't normally the kind of pizza that I gravitate towards, but I still found it to be satisfying, though I might have reservations about placing it on any "Best Of" lists.

Pizza a' fetta was a nice dining anchor as part of a larger vacation day strategy, and the savory flavor helped to offset the 200 pieces of saltwater taffy that we ate later that day. Like I said, tourist nirvana. (7 of 10 stars)

PS: Happy birthday, TinkyWinky. This pizza is for you!

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