Plenty of pizza places are advertising/tweeting/Facebooking the fact that it’s National Pizza Week (honestly, who comes up with these faux food holidays?). Washington Beer Blog’s Kendall Jones uses the occasion as an excuse to investigate the surprisingly excellent beer selections at Bambino’s Pizzeria. He proclaims it “the best beer list you’ve never seen.” If that’s not superlative enough for you, he also deems the Gaius Plenius pizza, served with Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, “one of the best food-beer pairing experiences of my entire life.”
OK, Bambino’s. You have my attention.
If Jones, a major arbiter of Seattle’s beer scene, wasn’t aware of the Belltown restaurant’s beer cred, then I feel better that this stupendous lineup was news to me. It seems that owner Belle Coelho is quite the beer geek. So much so that she went ahead and selected a beer pairing to accompany seven of the Neapolitan pizzeria’s most popular menu items.
A Bambino’s rep says that Coelho actually met with some of the local beer reps to create these beer and pizza (and calzone) combos. The pairings also showcase some new arrivals on the draft list, including Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia out of Japan, Port Santa’s Little Helper an imperial stout out of San Diego, and Belgium’s St. Feuillien La Blanche.
Bambino’s has been in Belltown since 2005, quietly developing an impressive list that includes a staggering amount of off-the-beaten-path European beers, and lots of West Coast favorites including Russian River’s Redemption, Salvation, Consecration, and Supplication, as well as several from Portland’s excellent Hair of the Dog brewery. If you need another excuse to get in here, the pizzeria is also offering 15 percent off all pizza orders all week long in honor of National Pizza Week.
Here’s the full list of pairings (all beers are on draft):
Lost Abbey Avante Garde: Benedetto calzone (tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy Calabrese, sausage, spicy pepper)
Russian River Pliny the Elder: Gaius Plenius pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami, castelvetrano olive, pecorino pepato)
Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia: Cheese plate (manchego cheese served with house crostini)
The Bruery Autumn Maple: Primavera pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, olive, onion, tomato, mushroom, pepper)
Port Santa’s Little Helper: Tropicale pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, pineapple)
St. Fuellien La Blance: Tre Gusti pizza (truffle oil, fontal, potatoes, onion)
Lost Abbey Judgement Day: Mole pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, Salumi mole salami)