Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria

Even with the long waits for dinner, this charming neighborhood pizza joint does pizza the organic, sustainable, and local way. The pizza dough undergoes a three-day fermentation process, mozzarella cheese is stretched by hand daily, and the fennel sausage is made from sustainable Berkshire pork on-site. Delicious pizzas are topped with unique ingredient combinations and cooked in a wood-burning oven. Favorites include truffled four-cheese pizza with mozzarella, bleu cheese, Parmigiana Reggiano, ricotta, and   chives or the pizzaiolo topped with the chef’s seasonal selections. As for drink options, Diet Coke isn’t an option at this au naturel establishment. You will, however, find plenty of local craft beers on tap as well as organic, sustainable, and biodynamic wines. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, 897 South Coast Highway, 101, #102, Encinitas, CA, 92024; (760) 634-7671;; Pizza; $$.

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