Yesterday on my way south, I took a detour off Hwy 101 to San Juan Bautista for a caffeine stop and rest break at Vertigo Coffee Roasters.
I'd had the coffee previously at a different restaurant and wanted to try out the mother ship.
The cafe is surrounded by outdoor seating. However, I opted to sit inside next to the roasting apparatus.
A macchiato for me, just a big enough dose of caffeine to last a couple more hours. A shade too many bitter notes for my taste.
A better reason to visit here is the wood-fired pizzas. Special of the day was "Aloha", $18. Normally I consider "Hawaiian" combos vile, but I gave it a try and am glad I did. Fresh pineapple was cut into easy to bite through thin slices that did not weigh down the very thin crust. A rich jammy red sauce, thinly sliced fresh jalapeño chile peppers and creamy mozzerella were baked in, then some good prosciutto layered on top with a sprinkling of inch-long snippets of chives. The very well-judged proportions made for maximum deliciousness. And it's a larger pie, big enough for 8 slices.
The crust had a well-developed yeastiness and light texture with just a bit of tender chewiness. While I usually prefer a bit more scorching, this was baked uniformly with a crisp edge. The sweet smoke was just a whisper.
On the way out, I peeked at the wood-burning oven closed down for the night. The staffer told that right now they're burning almond wood as fuel.
The pizza leftovers were equally good eaten at room temperature a few hours later. Vertigo's pizza is a happy find in an unlikely place.
Vertigo Coffee Roasters
81 Fourth Street
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
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