Pizza Night at Bouchon Bakery

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Yes, that is the Bouchon Bakery logo on a large jalapeño-pepperoni; photo courtesy of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.

By 707 correspondent, Deirdre Bourdet.

Last month Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc opened a super casual backyard operation for the restaurant’s beloved fried chicken and barbecue. Last Tuesday, the Yountville ~BOUCHON BAKERY~ started pumping out pizzas on Tuesday nights. Will a TK taco truck be next?

French Laundry employees have been happily scarfing down Bouchon Bakery’s pizzas as their Saturday night staff meal for a while now, and apparently the experience was too good not to share with the public. The new pizza venture is not a large scale operation, though. Only 30 pies are available for pickup each Tuesday night, only by advance reservation, and all of them must be collected at the Bouchon Bakery window at 6pm on the appointed day. Fortunately, you can order ahead by phone or in person as early as the Wednesday morning preceding the pickup date. If you don’t reserve before 6pm on Tuesday (or before all 30 are spoken for), no pizza for you. (You got all that?)

Ordering is easy, though. One size (18-inch diameter), one price ($25 plus tax), and a shortlist of classic comfort toppings keep it simple. So far we have pepperoni, pepperoni and jalapeño, cheese (mascarpone, goat cheese, and mozzarella), and “French Laundry Garden,” a changing special of whatever’s fresh that day.

For the next few Tuesdays, tablehopper readers can also order an off-the-menu pie, specially crafted by chef Matt McDonald just for you! The ‘hopper toppers for Tuesday August 9th will be sausage, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and pepperoni—a perfect blend of haute and homey. If you can’t place your order in time for this Tuesday, a new tablehopper flavah will be available for the following Tuesday (the 16th). Just tell them the ‘hopper sent ya!

Call or stop in to Bouchon Bakery for menu details and availability each week, and keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages for future developments. 6528 Washington St. at Yount, Yountville, 707-944-2253.