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Station Pizzeria wins wine award

  • Written by Deborah Stone
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Courtesy Photo. Cindy and Kent Betts with their awards
Each year, the Washington Wine Commission recognizes industry leaders who exhibit strong support of Washington wines and high professional standards in wine service.

For 2013, the Station Pizzeria in Woodinville was honored with a Washington Wine Award of Distinction for showing dedication and commitment to the state wine industry.

“This is our first major wine award for the pizzeria,” says Caylee Betts, public relations spokesperson for the restaurant, “and we are happy that it showcases the amazing commitment we’ve made to supporting Washington wine on our wine list. We think that Washington produces phenomenal wine and we are excited to continue to support the growing, yet booming industry.”

The restaurant, which opened last summer, is fast becoming a local hangout, as well as a tourist spot for visitors to Woodinville’s wine country.

Feedback from regulars and new diners has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Betts.

She also notes that the wine, beer and spirits community have warmly welcomed the Station to the neighborhood and have proved to be valued customers for quick lunches and family dinners.

“We’re reminding people that we offer more than pizza,” says Betts. “You don’t have to be in the mood for pizza to have an excellent dinner with us.”

She adds, “Currently we have rotating daily specials, which have ranged from housemade pasta to Chinese five spice marinated Carlton Farms pork tenderloin, as well as cedar planked scallops and braised beef ragu on pappardelle. We’re trying to really impress new customers with our variety of cuisine, while keeping it fresh for the regulars.”

Betts notes that the new menu offers happy hour sized portions, which are smaller and cheaper than the entrees.

Pizza, though, remains popular with one of the most solid go-to pies being the Not So Classico – a perfect combination of classic yet adventurous with toppings that include prosciutto di Parma, tomato confit, arugula pesto, arugula leaves, chevre, housemade mozzarella and a balsamic reduction.

“It hits fatty, salty, sweet and bitter all at once,” comments Betts. “A great balanced pie!”

Vegetarians will especially enjoy The Valley, a pizza that rotates every one to two months with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The restaurant has a new chef, too. Chris Lobkovich is at the helm now and according to Betts, he comes from a successful culinary background and brings both creative daily specials and well-planned changes to the menu, along with solid budget management skills to the establishment.

Beverage director Alena Harbin is in charge of the libations, which focus primarily on locally made beers, wines and spirits.

“We’ve learned that people are really interested in a place to get great local beer that rotates often and this has been a huge hit,” says Betts. “We knew wine would sell and that liquor in the roundabout would be popular, since there isn’t a lot of it in that neighborhood, but we didn’t know how well beer would do and how receptive the community would be to the stranger things we put on tap. It’s been really fun to experiment with styles.”

As for future plans for the restaurant, Betts notes that there will be more events and live music on the patio once warmer weather approaches.

Additional plans include a possible limited delivery system that caters to a select few breweries and wineries in the area. In the meantime, Betts encourages folks to stop by for a beer, cocktail or a glass of wine, and a bite to eat, watch the kitchen crew toss dough or pull up in front of a T.V. and catch a game. “We’re planning a great Super Bowl event,” she adds for an extra enticement.

On a side note, Italianissimo Ristorante in Woodinville also received an Award of Distinction for 2013. Owners Kent and Cindy Betts are also the proprietors of The Station Pizzeria.

The Station Pizzeria is located at the corner of NE 145th St. and 148th Ave N.E., across from the Hollywood Schoolhouse.

For more information: (425) 408-0711 or www.thestationpizzeria.com.

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