Independent Pizzeria Good for Picky Eaters

Pizza purists are flocking to Madison Park for fine pies and great wines.
Allison Austin Scheff  |   March 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Independent Pizza

Madison Park, long marooned at the farthest reaches of E Madison Street with just ice cream, burgers and pub food to stave off its residents’ hunger pangs, is in the midst of a culinary rebirth. Not only has the Madison Park Conservatory been making waves in the old Sostanza space (more on that in a future issue), but picky pizza lovers are now regularly descending on the wealthy lakeside community to snag one of the six tables (or, more likely, pick up pies to go) at the Independent Pizzeria.

Snugly fit into the corner space across from the Madison Park beach house and open since last April, the Indie is owned by former wine rep Tom Siegal, which means your $6 glass of wine might be a dry Italian Cab Franc, and your beer ($4) is likely a selection from Maritime or Odin breweries—a nice bonus.

But the pizza is the star here: gorgeously bubble-crusted, nicely charred Neapolitan-style 11-inch pies. The State Fair ($12) is a reliably good option, with thin green pepper ribbons strewn over sausage and fresh mozzarella, but I’d go back for the extra spicy pepperoni ($9). Cold, out-of-season tomatoes were a bummer on the otherwise tasty antipasto plate ($9); salads ($7 for a generous large) are good—piled high and dressed perfectly in an herby vinaigrette.

Dinner Wed.–Sun. Madison Park, 4235 E Madison St.; 206.860.6110; theindiepizzeria.com. $