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Hippizzazz Now Open in Sebastopol

Thai Chicken Pizza from Hippizzazz in Sebastopol

As might be gleaned from the whimsical name, the small, family-owned shop known as Hippipazzazz specializes in pizza, with a bit of pizzazz. This pizza shop in Sebastopol is known for interesting toppings like a Thai combo of chicken, peanut sauce, basil, carrots, cilantro, spinach and crunchy chow mien noodles ($18-$27, pictured above), or a Hawaiian gussied with Spam, Canadian bacon, pineapple and bell pepper ($15-$22)

Set in the former Main Street Deli in the old Em’s Chevron building next to the Sebastopol Post Office, the tiny set-up has just a little bit of indoor and outdoor seating with table service. So the owner, Alex Britton, and his father, Wayne Britton, also promote takeout.

The kitchen thinks big, however, with lots of organic ingredients, and all items, including bread, made in-house. There are local beers and wines, and this is a magical thing: the joint is open late, from 11 a.m. to midnight Weds., Thurs., Sun. and Mon., and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

So what’s to eat? Start with the handmade, organic flour crusts, in choices of deep dish, hand-tossed, thin and gluten free. The pizzas can be had simply by the slice as cheese ($4), pepperoni ($5) or combo ($6), or in an array of house toppings. Just two of the standouts include the Carnitas de Jalisco of slow roasted pork, pico de gallo, queso

Fresca, tortilla strips and cilantro ($18-$27), and a pie smothered in roasted potato, bacon, pepperoni, garlic, green onion, cheddar and sour cream ($16-$25).

But first, start with appetizers like pesto mozzarella bread sticks sprinkled in pine nuts ($7), rosemary chicken and squash kabobs on a bed of warm purple sauerkraut ($10), or spinach artichoke dip ($9).

For an international twist, there are also bites like Vietnamese spring rolls ($7), curried chicken lettuce wraps ($7), taco salad ($9) and Greek salad ($10).

Other specialties feature calzone stuffed with mozzarella and choice of three meats ($10) or veggies ($9), and a stromboli rolled with salame, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella and pizza sauce ($10).  

For dessert, homemade cookies rule ($1).

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