Sette’s Pizza Setback

Sette\'s CalamariMaybe it’s my fault for setting the bar high. After visiting Matchbox, a pizza bistro in D.C., I had big expectations for fire-roasted pizza in my hometown. The flames shouldn’t merely bake your pizza, it should mend the flavors together and make them One.

Sette is one street over from Tobacco Row. It’s a cute place with a killer patio. Their menu is a nice mix of salads, sandwiches, and of-course, the fire-roasted pizza which I had heard great things about. We started with a very tasty calamari that was garnished with marinara and an olive tapenade. The calamari wasn’t overly crispy and the shaved parmasan was a nice touch. The flavors went well together.

Sette\'s Little Italy PizzaFor our pizza selection, we went with the Little Italy – a red-sauced pie with chicken, spinach, mozzarella, and goat cheese. It arrived and looked amazing, but simply didn’t deliver. The sauce was not thick and made the crust soggy. The chicken was not freshly grilled and tasted salty like it was scoured on the piefrom a pre-cooked pack. Disappointing.

I guess some things are just left for the big city.


5 Responses to “Sette’s Pizza Setback”

  1. 1 Daniel June 6, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    It really depends on what kind of pizza you’re looking for.

    I’m a Jersey boy transplanted to VA, and if you’re looking for serious pizza, you shouldn’t compare it to a pizza bistro from Washington DC…I mean, seriously, since when did DC have a rep for pizza? 🙂

    There used to be a real crazy guy who cooked wood-fired-brick-oven pizza in the Fan, but his place went under. It was some of the best, most creative pizza in the city, so it was a an unfortunate loss. Other than that, I’d suggest that “flame baked” isn’t all that special, since I believe every other place in the city that claims that is just using a gas-fired oven. Simply having flames lick the crust or having a presence in the oven doesn’t actually help the flavor all that much anyway.

    So the real question is, are you looking for a gourmet-style pizza, or authentic-style pizza? If it’s gourmet then Sette, unfortunately for you, may be one of the few joints in Richmond. If it’s authenticity (for NY/Neapolitan at least), there are a number of places that are excellent. In order of my preference:

    1. Tarrantino’s (Foushee, right off Broad St. downtown)
    2. JoJo’s (corner of 12th and Main, downtown, but sadly only open from 9-5, M-F…big lunch rush)
    3. Carini (out by the Airport in the Sandston area)
    4. Mary Angela’s (Carytown institution)
    5. Roma (Staple’s Mill, at the end of Hermitage)

    Hope that helps!

  2. 2 zeynepankara June 7, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Hımmm, but it still looks delicious. What was its taste?

  3. 3 Erika June 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    You may not be able to get the “flame cooked” pizza you like by using a wood burning fire yourself. But you can get a pizza stone and cook a pizza outside on a grill. Make your own pizza crust, I prefer a thicker one because the thinner the crust, the quicker it may burn on a grill. Use ingredients that sound good to you. If you want the perfect pizza, it’s up to you to find it or make it. So go out there and make it!

    Then open up a restaurant and let me be a manager and harass all the employees. Ok?

  4. 4 generation_next June 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I really love Sette. I urge you to give it another try. The gourmet pizzas really are awesome and huge and affordable. Plus, the setting is fantastic.

  5. 5 paul h June 7, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I like Sette. For 10 or 12 bucks you can get a gourmet pizza to feed two. There is always room for another great pizza place, but DC is a bit far to go and besides, the pizza would be cold and old by the time you got it home.

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