Rachel’s on the East Side

At the last Sustainable Bremerton meeting the group discussed businesses using compostable takeout containers and mentioned Rachel’s. Since then I’ve made it a point to stop by a couple of times and bring friends. This pizza shop on Sylvan by the Bremerton post office and library was most recently Badda Boom Badda Bing, and before that a branch of the local pizza chain Spiro’s. Rachel’s is the newest incarnation of pizza shop at this location. I must say I love what owner Rachel Finn has done with the place. The bright yellow walls are a cheery pick-me-up on gloomy Northwest rainy fall days. You can get a personal, small or large pizza, topped with a choice of tomato sauce, alfredo, or a mix which they call pink sauce, as well as all the standard pizza toppings. The menu includes fresh salads and soups, as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free … Continue reading

Pizza Construction Specialist

My pizza is being made at Farrelli’s and sold to fund a cooking scholarship! Let’s start at the beginning: Ted signed himself and me up for pizza school this year. The locally owned Farrelli’s Pizza chain in the South Sound offered a three-class course in pizza construction. Farrelli’s started with one store but has expanded to six so far, all located in Tacoma or farther south. Their combination gas and wood fired ovens allow them to control temperature while imparting that wonderful smoky taste. Pizza 101 taught us to make the crust. Chefs Clayton and Mike had us throwing dough in the air in no time. Mike is a certified pizzaiolo and a kind and patient teacher, and he and Clayton clearly love their work, love teaching, and love pizza. Pizza 202 focused on toppings. Farrelli’s stocks an amazing variety of ingredients – any customer can order a pizza made … Continue reading