Church St. Pizza is now closed
I've been meaning to try Church Street Pizza since the first time I heard about them. Spontaneously, we declared the evening pizza night and decided a visit to Church Street Pizza was way past due. When we arrived, the owner/chef Ian was busy making a pizza, but quickly helped us. He serves pizza by the slice or by the pie. Although the Greek pizza really caught my eye, hubby likes more traditional pizza and I was in the mood for mushrooms. We ended up ordering a full pizza, half Hawaiian and half mushrooms. Ian informed me he had a variety of mushrooms in the back that he bought at the Salem Saturday Market and if I didn't mind an extra minute or two, he would saute up a variety in butter and garlic and add them to the pizza. I jumped on that offer, few things make me happier than mushroom. As he rung us up, I asked about what he had on tap, after seeing the very recognizable Gilgamesh tap handle. He currently has 3 taps of local Gilgamesh as well as a tap of Widmer.
We sat down and waited, watching Ian perform a dance of dough tossing. True to his word, Ian slipped a mix of mushrooms in butter and garlic into a pan in the pizza oven to saute, creating the most delicious aroma, which wafted through the restaurant. Shortly, Ian delivered our pizza and plastic baskets with paper liners to use as plates. As the red chili flakes my hubby constantly craves were on the table, we were set. Shortly after my first bite, I fully understood the New York concept of folding a slice of pizza to eat it. I quickly adjusted from my usual fork technique, folding my slice in half and savoring every single bite. While we stayed true to the dividing line, hubby on his Hawaiian side and me on my mushroom side, we did each steal a bite of toppings from each other. And boy was it hard to give up ANY of those mushrooms. One thing to note, if you are a sauce lover, ask for extra sauce. Our pizza was lightly sauced, which I enjoyed, but hubby wished for a little more.
Having both missed lunch, we made short work of the pizza, leaving just one of my slices. Ian delivered a triangle 1-slice pizza box to us and we spoke for a moment about his love of local goods and how he always tries to hit the Salem Saturday Market for the freshest goods. Although this means sometimes toppings will not be available, it also means you are getting the freshest food possible and supporting a local business that supports other local businesses. I'm looking forward to trying the sausage, which he gets from Carlton. And, of course, there will be mushrooms on that sausage pizza.
Church Street Pizza
324 Church St NE Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: (503) 363-4638
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM