OK, OK, I know you’ve read the title and are saying, “The guy takes a 2-week trip to Alaska — the largest state in the nation — and he has the balls to declare a restaurant as having the best pizza in the land of the midnight sun???”
Yes I do.
Finn’s Pizza in Homer, Alaska is as good as any pizza I’ve had outside of Manhattan and Brooklyn. No, I’ve not had any New Haven pizza, but I’ve eaten my fare share of others city’s pies. I’ve had what purports to be the best pizza in DC, Chicago, San Francisco and many other cities, and Finn’s beats all the others. And frankly, their pizza is as good as what I’ve had in New York.
The pizzeria is run by Sasha Raupp and Bjorn Larsen and is named after their son, Finn. Larsen makes the pizzas, using a beautiful, tiled wood-fired oven. He apprenticed for months with a pizza-maker in Italy. He uses only organic ingredients. He knows that a light hand is best. And the crust — oh, the crust — he knows how to char the bottom without burning it.
We ordered three 18-inch pies — very simple ones at that. A simple cheese pizza, a margherita, and a mushroom and thyme. When you have kids, you order simple. But the flavors of these pies completely defied their simplicity. Finn’s uses a mixture of dry and fresh mozzarellas on their pizze. The sauce is just pureed Muir Glen tomatoes. And the crust — a whole wheat version at that — is thin and loaded with nutty flavor.
Finn’s is tiny, but the solarium Bjorn built on the second floor gives you a great view of Kachemak Bay (we watched two bald eagles on the beach). And from the solarium, you can watch Bjorn and Sasha down below make the pizza — an interesting perspective at that.