One of 2016’s most highly anticipated openings goes down today at 5 p.m., when the husband and wife team of Alan Maniscalo and Shan Wickham open the doors to Rally Pizza, their new pizzeria at The Mill in Vancouver, Washington.
Rally is just the first of three hotly anticipated openings in our sister city to the north. Vancouver will also soon be home to a Hopworks outpost, courtesy of brewer Christian Ettinger, and Smokehouse Provisions, which will open under the guidance of barbecue pit master BJ Smith.
A quick glance at Rally’s menu—which you can see at this post’s conclusion—shows that it will offer a half dozen specialty pizzas, including the Piggy Back (smoked Canadian bacon, smoked pickled jalapeños, mozzarella, and dry Monterey Jack) and a Calabrian Sausage pie (homemade sausage, mozzarella, sweet and sour onions, and bread crumbs).
Small plates include a cheesy polenta plate, crispy potatoes, Caesar salads, and a pork belly porchetta dish with a fried duck egg.
Wickham’s desserts include a host of ice cream sundaes (including one that’s s’mores-flavored), dishes of frozen custards, and composed desserts like cherry pie.
Beer, wine, and specialty cocktails round the menu out.
The 75-seat space is Maniscalo and Wickham’s second venture. They met at Palo Alto’s Zibibbo (which Maniscalo helped open), before moving to the midwest, where they opened the successful Stone House Bread South bakery in metro Detroit. Previously, Maniscalo had spent the last decade helping run the show at Ken’s Artisan Pizza in southeast Portland.
Rally Pizza: 8070 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wash., 360-524-9000; Hours: 4:30 p.m. to close, daily