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#45 Delancey Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)

Those critical of the Pacific Northwest pizza scene need to back up. Let’s put this in context. Washington became the 42nd state in 1889, 16 years before Gennaro Lombardi opened America’s first pizzeria… in New York City. Washington and Oregon (though Oregon has 30 years on its neighbor) deserve some for not having a century-long tradition. Not their pizza-loving denizens need cheesy handicaps. Not now. Consider Seattle’s Delancey, which Brandon Pettit, a former New York music student, opened with his wife in 2009.

The idea for Delancey (named for Pettit’s favorite subway stop in Manhattan), grew out of his longing for the pizzas he grew up with in New York and New Jersey. As The New York Times noted, “the dough has an intense, slightly sourdough-like flavor from Mr. Pettit’s two-day fermentation process, and the topping combinations offered are basic but use the freshest seasonal ingredients available.”

There are 9 pies on the menu including the “Brooklyn” inspired by Di Fara’s cheese pie, and the white pie (with house-made ricotta, slivered garlic, and grana Padano), but Delancey noted and panelists voted for the pepperoni pie as the one you should seek out. And just in case you still don’t get the Pacific Northwest pizza claim, you may want keep in mind that not only is one of their pizzerias the best in the country, but it has ties to one of the most read food bloggers in the world. Just who is Pettit’s wife? Just Molly Wizenberg of Orangette. So there.