Viva Evviva

In a non-descript strip mall, virtually next door to Spud Fish & Chips, is a gem of a pizza restaurant. Evviva Wood Fired Pizza is a bit tricky to find. You won’t see a big sign along the rooftop as there are for its neighbors (Spud’s dominates), but set your sights lower at storefront level and you’ll see the name. We walked right past it to the Edmonds ferry terminal, until a local pointed us back. It’s two storefronts to the left of Spud.

Inside are a few small tables and two long communal ones. Special-of-the-day pizza is posted on the board to the cashier’s left. In the back is a wood-fired oven, which blazes at almost 1000oF to bake traditional Neapolitan pizzas. You can also take comfort in Evviva’s use of organic ingredients where possible, EVOO, San Marzano tomatoes, uncured charcuterie from Zoe’s (which also supplies another of my favorite pizzerias in Ballard, Patxi’s), fior di latte mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma.

The salami pizza was a masterpiece (☆☆☆☆), the bright tomato sauce ground from San Marzanos, dotted with mozzarella, grana, fresh basil and Zoe’s salame, essentially a Margherita with meat. The hand-formed crust—thin, perfectly textured, made from organic flour, blistered and spottily browned—was addictive. We haven’t had pizza this good in a long time.

And a word about Evviva salad, one of three salads on the menu. Simply dressed with oil and vinegar and consisting of baby butter lettuce, grape tomatoes, Kirby cucumbers, chopped cilantro and a dollop of creme fraiche, it was an extraordinarily good salad.

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Evviva salad

Now, every time we’re in the neighborhood, such as visiting Savvy Traveler or Rick Steves travel store, we’d be hard-pressed not to come here for our meals.

Evviva Wood Fired Pizza
178 Sunset Ave S
Edmonds, WA 98020


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