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Nantucket Baking Company

October 8, 2010

  • 200 Union Avenue NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (616) 726-6607
  • Website
  • Menu

You’d think I’d have enough of pizza by now, but I just don’t.  I actually had time for my hour long lunch break so I went out looking for a good pizza.

Because of some one way street issues, I end up driving down Union Street quite a bit.  The first time, I was really surprised to see this little bakery in the middle of a neighborhood.  It looked so out of place, but the limited parking was full and the small counter area inside the building always looks packed.

The Nantucket Baking Company is just north of Lyon Street on Union Avenue in Grand Rapids.  It’s a neighborhood bakery that sits right next to the only other business in the area, Martha’s Vineyard.  The building is very small and there really isn’t a parking lot.  There is some space in front of the building and most people seem to just park over the sidewalk.  I opted for street parking just a little bit farther down the road. 

The menu isn’t very big.  It’s more of a traditional bakery with several different baked goods, cakes, and pastries, but they also specialize in gourmet pizzas.  The pizzas were what drew me in and I saw a couple slices walking out as I was walking through the door and that really wet my appetite.

If I was smarter, I would have called in my order, but I’m not that smart.  I walked into the bakery a little after 6:00 on a Sunday night and they were still packed.  The pizza maker had a stack of order slips in front of him and the order taker  was taking a phone order.  He asked if I had called one in and I said no.

The pizzas are twelve inch hearth baked pizzas with a wheat crust, a rich red sauce, and a special blend of cheese.  They have a little over a dozen of their own creations or you can start with a cheese pizza and add your own toppings.  I went for that option.

I almost never pass up the opportunity to put panchetta on a pizza, so that’s what I did.  I also added some fresh basil after the order taker told me that just got a beautiful batch in the bakery.  The make-you-own’s start at 7.99 then they add a buck for each ingredient.  Since I added two, my pizza was a little over $10 which I paid for right away then went to run a few errands while my pizza baked.

I was told it would be about 25 minutes, so I did my best to kill time.  When I walked back in the bakery about 22 minutes after I ordered, the guys working the counter recognized me and pulled my pizza out of the warmer and handed it to me.

The smell was almost too much.  I got it back to work and headed straight to the break room.  The thing that really jumped out at me was the panchetta.  These were big pieces of pork that baked up nice and crispy in the oven.  The basil was put on before the pizza was put in the oven so it also got a nice little char.  The crust had a nice crunch to it and the sauce countered the saltiness from the panchetta.

The pizza from the Nantucket Baking Company was outstanding.  It’s by far one of the best pizzas I’ve had in West Michigan.  It was so hard for me to stop eating that even though I was getting full, I forced myself to consume the whole box.

Panchetta and Basil Pizza

Panchetta and Basil Pizza

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