Written by Audra Leigh
Photography by Mojo Photography
Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria is a North County gem for foodies. Not only do they make quality pizza (everyone’s favorite food), they make it with class; only choosing the freshest ingredients from right here in our beautiful county. It is no surprise why it has lasted almost five years in the bustling coastal city of Encinitas.
Proud supporters of farm-to-table and local artisans, you will find that Owners Wade and Kirsti Hageman have created a solid menu that proudly showcases the bounty of San Diego, including serving local craft beers. If you haven’t made it out to this quaint dining spot, you have to give it a try. But try to call ahead to make a reservation because the word is out and it can get pretty busy. Or you can sit at their community table, which can be a lot of fun.
A few items on the menu have been staples from the beginning. You absolutely can not leave here without trying their Truffle Popcorn or their Butterscotch Pudding. A lot of people have been trying to copycat this exact pudding, but here, you’ll get the real deal.
On my latest dining experience at Blue Ribbon, Wade had me try the Signature Lemon Pizza, which he tells me is a fan favorite. A lemon olive oil base is topped with freshly made (in-house) mozzarella, ricotta, red onion, and sprinkled with fresh basil at the very end. This pizza has been written about a few times, but here’s the inside scoop on how it was created.
While Wade was working with a master Italian pizza maker years ago, he was challenged to create a pizza that stood out among the rest. Once the master got a bite of this lemon pizza, he demanded that Wade put this on the menu of his new restaurant. All I can say is THANK YOU from all of the Blue Ribbon fans.
Once spring approaches, as early as March, Blue Ribbon will be introducing a new pizza using asparagus, fava beans, English peas, truffle cream, and truffle vinaigrette that will surely please all of their guests.
2:30pm – 5:30pm
9:30pm – 11:00pm
You can also try out their other Encinitas restaurant, The Craftsman New American Tavern just over the hill on El Camino Real.