This week’s Happy Cookie Friday is brought to you by the DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine shop in Pike Place. The place is located on the corner of Pike and 1st and is always packed. I’ve never been in there when I didn’t have to bribe an old lady or small child off a stool so I could sit down and eat a square slice of fantastical pizza in peace.
DeLaurenti makes their own pizza, but not their baked goods. The only reason I know this? Today when we walked in after browsing Pike Place along with 5 million other people, I noticed what looked to be a twice-baked almond croissant. Completely innocent, I asked “Hey, are those the twice-baked almond croissants like the ones they have at Bakery Nouveau?” At this point I have to tell you that even mentioning the Nouveau required a drive over to West Seattle later in the afternoon to obtain the aforementioned pastry.
“Yes, it is a twice-baked almond croissant,” said the lady behind the counter with a chilly smile. I was surprised, because up until that point she’d been very warm with her service and exceedingly helpful.
“Uh, you do know who I’m talking about, right? The Bakery….”
“Oh yes,” she said. ”But those croissants are from Le Panier, the original french pastry shop in Seattle.”
Oh honh honh, I answered silently, in my best sarcastic French accent. Which sounds pretty good when I do it in my head, but probably not so much aloud. But oreegeenal, it does not necessarily mean zee best.
It was a good thing I had already asked her what kind of cookies were on the cookie plate for the day. I’m not sure if the cookies are from Macrina or Le Panier, as they serve pastries from both. There were hazlenut chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, maple oatmeal, chocolate chip, and peanut butter.
But first we had a slice of pizza, squared.
That’s prosciutto, caramelized onion, arugula, and blue cheese pizza. Very awesome for froofy pizza. Their pepperoni is magically delicious, too. We tried a bit o’ brownie as well.
The only thing missing in these luscious bars was the magic ingredient. Walnuts, man. Walnuts.
For Happy Cookie Friday we went with the oatmeal molasses (up front, on the right). It was more cakey than I’d normally like, but the flavors are terrific. All sarcastical french aside, the service at DeLaurenti can’t be beat. It’s always warm and friendly in there, in spite of a ton of tourists milling about. But somebody does need to get that woman a Nouveau croissant.
Happy Cookie Friday, man.