Nearly every American loves pizza at sometime or another. And Seattle has a handle on what it takes to create a great one. Here are four of our absolute favorites.
Seattle, WA 98121
Another of local chef Tom Douglas’ magical restaurants, Serious Pie also has a new location at South Lake Union, above the Dahlia Workshop Biscuit Bar at 401 Westlake Ave North. Cozy and warm, with communal tables and brick-oven baked pies, Serious Pie is not your run-of-the-mill pizza parlor. Using local, fresh ingredients, you will try amazing, gourmet pizzas. Try the penn cove clams, house pancetta, lemon thyme pizza. Mushroom fan? Try the roasted chanterelles with truffle cheese. Or for a “basic”-style, the buffalo mozzarella with san marzano tomato is heavenly. With a happy hour every weekday, a beautiful selection of Italian wines, local beers, root beer on tap and tempting desserts, it’s a casual dining place for the whole family.
1415 NW 70th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
With a recent write-up in the New York Times, Delancy is the brain-child of a husband and wife team, Brandon Petit and Molly Wizenberg. Molly, a food blogger, is writing a book about their adventures in opening the pizza restaurant, which is to be published in 2013, according to the NYT. The Ballard restaurant is quaint and cozy, and the big pizza oven delivers a crust with the right amount of chew and crunch. Try the tomato sauce, garlic, anchovy, kalamata olive, chile oil, and oregano in the Romana pie. You are welcome to add house-made fennel sausage, prosciutto or chilés, for an extra flavor and spice. With a nice variety of Northwest, California and European wines, and local brews, you’ll want to save a little room for the bittersweet chocolate chip cookie for dessert.
1401 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Applauded in Seattle Magazine, Piecora’s own website claims you’ll get “A Slice of New York in Seattle”. Family owned and operated, Piecora’s has been tossing pizzas in Seattle since 1982. With a tip of the hat to the Big Apple, the menu has the Brooklyn pizza: pepperoni, fresh mushrooms & black olives. And the Manhattan: artichoke hearts, black olives, mushrooms, and coppacola. If you prefer the Veggie pie includes: mushrooms, onions, olives, green peppers, tomatoes and fresh garlic. They have free delivery to a limited area of Seattle, so call to see if you can have your dinner delivered. But if you want to come in for a relaxed dining room experience, the Piecora has three dining rooms (and even banquet facilities). With the vibe of a New York pizzeria, the warm wood and red and white checkered tablecloths, plenty of microbrews and a big screen for the game, you’ll have a casual and fun dining experience.
Via Tribunali Neapolitan Pizzeria
913 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Voted as Best Thin Crust Pizza in Seattle by Seattle Weekly, Via Tribunali is all about authenticity. Hand-kneaded dough, ingredients imported from Naples, and a wood-burning Vesuvius brick oven lend to the unique characteristics of Via Tribunali’s pizza. Simple, delicious ingredients like tomato, olive oil, mozzarella and basil made in the original Margherita-style, makes this a little slice of Italian heaven in Seattle. With four locations (Georgetown, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill and Fremont), and a traveling oven that brings Via Tribunali to events all over the Sound, there’s no reason not to try a slice. Oh, and be sure to check out their happy hour specials, including a sip of real Italian Finamore Limoncello. Delicioso.