Why the 9 in 9 Miles East?
Gordon Sacks, owner of 9 Miles East Pizza and Farm, put the 9 in 9 Miles East for a few reasons when naming his business. The main reason is for the fact that it is 9 Miles East of Saratoga Springs, but personally I think the reason was because the pizza is a rocking 9 out of 10 stars, and one of the best in the area!
9 Miles East makes 20 pizzas a night, each at 20 dollars a pie. They make so few pizzas a night “because it takes three days to make our naturally leavened, sourdough-style crust,” according to the 9 Miles East Pizza website.
Though 20 dollars might be a lot to throw down for one pizza when other places sell a pie at fraction the cost, it is well worth it because you get an 18-inch pizza made out of only the finest local ingredients. The tomatoes in the tomato sauce come locally from the 9 Miles East farm and their friend’s farms in Washington County, NY. The mozzarella cheese comes from Capiello Dairy in Schenectady, and it is described on their website as being “50% more expensive than commodity mozzarella and 100% better.” The flour used in the dough is also from within the state, and is milled at Farmer Ground Flour a few hours from Saratoga Springs in Ithaca, NY. When I took that first bite into the pizza, I could definitely taste the freshness of all those ingredients.
On any given day, 9 Miles East has three pizzas on their menu. The first is your classic cheese pizza known as the Farmhouse. The second is a cheese pizza with sausage toppings known as the Barnyard, and the final pizza is a specialty pizza known as Seasons, which changes every week. I ordered pizza the week of February 15th, and chose the specialty pizza for this week which had roasted butternut squash from Denison Farm with the option to add bacon from North Country Smokehouse. I opted for bacon on half the pizza. Adding the bacon was definitely a good choice as it mixed really well with the taste of the butternut squash.
I was able to try some of all the pizzas, but I have to say my favorite was hands down the Seasons pizza. It was hard to tell at first look that the pizza had butternut squash on it, but as soon as I took that first bite I could definitely taste it. I never would have thought of putting butternut squash on my pizza, but it is something I can now say I am a huge fan of.
Another pizza that they serve that is not one of the regular three pizzas on the menu is the mushroom duxelles pizza. I was able, though, to get one to try. As I opened the box, it was really unclear what this pizza was, as I had been given no description with it and the box only said “dux.” At first look all I could tell was the pizza had no tomato sauce. As I took that first bite the only taste I could identify was a mushroomy taste. It was weird not knowing exactly what I was eating, but it was still very good. I later talked to Sacks who said, “It was mushroom duxelles. We took a classical French technique and played with it to make it work on a vegetarian pizza.”
In addition to the cost and the limited number of pizzas made, the only other downside of 9 Miles East, and what prevented me from giving it the 10 out of 10, was the fact that they only deliver from 5pm to 10pm, meaning one cannot make this their go-to pizza joint to satisfy their late night pizza craving.