Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Big Island Pizza is GENIUS!

This is our first visit to Hawaii since my discovery of Foodspotting, and it's been really handy to discover new restaurants and dishes to try out. In particular, Foodspotter Luke Watkins has turned out to be a virtual tour guide of sorts - thanks to his spots and nomms of foods in Hilo & Pahoa.

Today we took his advice to try the Coconut Prawn pizza at Big Island Pizza, in Hilo. And we weren't disappointed.

The pizza starts with a base of Sweet Chili Sauce, which is then topped with Shredded Coconut, butterflied Prawns, Cilantro, Peanuts, Mozzarella, Mint, Red Onions and Smoked Gouda. The pie is light on the cheese, letting the decidedly Thai toppings stand out as the stars. It was like no other pizza I've tried, and it was amazing. The flavors remind me of Phad Thai, with the chili sauce, peanuts and prawns. The nuttiness of the gruyere ties well with the coconut and peanuts, and the whole thing comes together in a beautiful, delicious package.

When we return to Seattle, I'll be starting a campaign to get one of the local pizzerias - ANY of them - to add this to their menu. It's really that good. And given Seattle's love of Phad Thai, I think this could be a real hit.

Thanks for the tip, Luke!

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