Food & Drink

The best pizza in 15 different Seattle 'hoods

Published On 11/26/2014 Published On 11/26/2014
Bradley Foster

There are a lot of things about Seattle that demand answers, things like "why does Seattle have so many sweet pizza places all of a sudden?", and, "how do you know which one to pick?", or, "can I have that last slice?". The obvious responses to those questions: "we're not sure, but it's pretty awesome"; "just check out our list of the best pizza in 15 Seattle 'hoods"; and "no way dude", respectively.

Big Mario's

Capitol Hill

Big Mario’s (address and info)
What you’re getting: The "Macho Man" w/ pepperoni, salami & sausage
Named for a former NYC pizza impresario who's friends with the owners (instead of what you'd better be when you finally find the Tanooki Suit on World 4, Level 5), this 'za-slinging institution is Cap Hill's go-to spot for choice pie by the slice and tongue-in-cheek brew options like PBR and 40s of Olde English.


International District

World Pizza (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Basil Walnut Pesto
This all-vegetarian pizza joint in the ID came back in 2011 after a 15 year hiatus, and it's a good thing because after all, where else are you going to get a roasted red potato pie or a pizza without sausage that actually tastes like sausage?

Pizzeria Gabbiano

Pioneer Square

Pizzeria Gabbiano (address and info)
What you’re getting: Prosciutto Arugula Shaved Cured Duck Egg
Opened by the dude who makes Seattle's best pasta, The Town's hottest new pizzeria does things by the kilo instead of by the slice or by the pie, so toss aside any notions you might have about how to order pizza, or about not adding at least a few kilos to your waist, and load up.


West Seattle

Phoenicia (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Alki w/ Zoe’s spicy salami, caramelized Walla Walla onions, Kalamata olives, fresh whole milk mozzarella & EVOO over a red sauce
One of the best spots to eat/drink on Alki, this romantic, accolade-heavy little Italian joint serves a hefty assortment of artisanal pizzas individual-style, which means that despite the fact they're probably big enough for two, you've got an excuse not to share.

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Serious Pie (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Penn Cove clams, pancetta tesa, and lemon thyme pizza
As much as we love Italian Family Pizza, Tom Douglas' 'za spot is one of the best pizza places in the country, so it's safe to say it has Downtown locked up.



Stoneburner (address and info)
What you’re getting: The mozzarella, tomato and basil pizza
This stylish spot right off Ballard Ave is just the ticket for delicious thin crust pizza. Bonus points for also having one of the most gorgeous bar displays in all of Ballard.

Proletariat Pizza

White Center

Proletariat Pizza (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Margherita
White Center, or as Proletariat Pizza affectionately calls it, “Rat City”, is home to this working man’s pizza joint, which in turn is home to impressive pizzas that are all just barely over the $20 mark.


Phinney Ridge

Delancey (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Brooklyn w/ tomato sauce, fresh, aged mozzarella & Grana
Delancey’s wood-fired method lends itself to a slightly longer wait time than most, but trust us, it’s worth it.

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Kylie’s Chicago Pizza (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Chicago Classic
Although we’re as far removed from the windy city as it gets in the continental US, you don’t have to go any further than Fremont for some of the best Chicago-style pizza around.


Queen Anne

The Masonry (address and info)
What you’re getting: The garlic, olive oil, Taleggio, thyme-topped pizza w/ mushrooms
The Masonry has (Lower) Queen Anne's best pizza on lock thanks to a staggering amount of bottles, as well as some sweet wood-fired 'za from a former Cafe Lago pie slinger.



Alibi Room (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Margherita w/ market fresh tomatoes & mozzarella w/ roasted garlic oil & finely chopped basil
You really can’t go wrong with anything from the brick oven at the North Seattle version this Pike Place mainstay, where they get bonus points for stiff drinks and cool repurposed bowling alley decor.


Seward Park

Flying Squirrel Pizza (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Corleone
With a playful nod to The Godfather, this totally- fit-for-a-mobster pizza has homemade pork sausage, mozzarella, and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. There’s no telling what you’ll be capable of after “putting away” a slice or two of this jam packed pizza.

The Independent Pizzeria

Madison Beach

Independent Pizzeria (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Dolomite w/ roasted shallot cream, butternut, Cypress Grove Chèvre & Applegate Farms pancetta
Independent Pizzeria’s hours are a little funny -- they’re open 5-9:30pm Wednesday through Saturday and 5-8pm on Sunday -- but a slice at this small family-owned pizzeria is totally worth the trouble.



Rocco’s (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Three Little Piggies w/ house-made sausage, Zoe’s salami, and pepperoni
Boasting a long stone-topped bar, exposed brick walls, a patterned drop-ceiling, and a sweet art collection (including a bunch of elaborate light-up beer signs), this sweet cocktail lounge doubles as a pizza joint and serves creatively topped pies whole or by the slice from a small kitchen in the window up front.

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First Hill

Primo (address and info)
What you're getting: Prosciutto, Onion & Chèvre w/ extra virgin olive oil, Parmesan & basil
This elegantly domed 'za slinger from the guy behind the original Suite 410 is serving some elegantly simple pies, as well as some sweet cocktails from behind a butcher block-topped bar.

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1. Big Mario's Pizza 1009 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

There aren't many places in Seattle where you can slug an Olde English 40 and bask in the glory of true New York-style pizza, but Big Mario's is one of them. Located in Capitol Hill, this is one of the best spots for quality, thin-crust pie. Hipsters flock to Mario's for its retro style and late-night deals.

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2. World Pizza 672 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

Fifteen years after closing their Belltown original, the brothers behind this golden-era-of-Grunge destination have reinvented it as a vegetarian-only slice-house in Chinatown. Chow down on vegan pepperoni pies inside the vintage-era digs. With seats for 20, and some well-placed nods to the old space, including some of their original vintage signage, this hip destination scores both on the aesthetic and culinary front.

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3. Pizzeria Gabbiano 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 97214

Not content with slinging the city's best pasta at Il Corvo, Mike Easton decided to tackle the city's best pizza by opening this brick-walled, 36-seater, where you can order seasonally topped, Roman-style 'za by the inch. Job done.

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4. Phoenecia 2716 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

From artisanal pizza to tapas to special entrées, this bistro in West Seattle features a mix of everything on its menu -- including breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains. While the space may be small, it hosts two wine bars in house for tastings and more casual dining.

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5. Serious Pie 316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Serous Pie is one of the fine dining establishments operated by Seattle super chef Tom Douglas, and par for the course, it's nothing short of delicious. Expect crispy, wood-fired pizzas, a generous wine menu, and serious desserts at this petite Downtown eatery. The Penn Cove clam topped pie is not to be missed.

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6. Stoneburner 5214 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Atmosphere is key at this Ballard Ave restaurant with an early-twentieth-century feel off the lobby of Hotel Ballard: Repurposed architectural elements litter the place, including oakwood wall panels salvaged from a former Italian embassy in Buenos Aires and hanging lights from the old New York Times building. A stone hearth fires rustic Italian bistro pizzas by chef Jason Stoneburner, and when you order the Yukon potato and chanterelle mushroom iteration, a waiter whirls fondue over it in front of you. The vegetable small plates are a highlight, with roasted brussels sprouts tossed in honey, soy, walnuts and Szechuan. Even gluten-free diners can sample the pasta in a version of creta di gallo (winter squash, kale, pumpkin seeds, Podda) that won’t sour their stomachs. Strong and smart cocktails by Bastille’s Erik Carlson like Don’t Give Up The Ship (gin, Dubonnet, Curacao, fernet) contribute to the consistent evening crowds (as to be expected from the same team who brought you Bastille, Poquitos and McLeod’s).

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7. Proletariat Pizza 9622-A 16th Ave SW, White Center, WA 98106

Proletariat Pizza, a White City joint, is home to this working man’s pizza, which in turn is home to impressive pizzas all just barely over the $20.

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8. Delancey 1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117 (Phinney Ridge)

It’s no wonder Delancey has some passionate fans—this Ballard pizzeria is home to some of Seattle’s best tasting (and looking) pizzas. The wood-fired pies come with toppings ranging from the traditional, high quality (think Zoe’s pepperoni), to the quirky and seasonal (think Padrón peppers). Pro tip: follow this bacon-y and onion-y pie with some of the D’s bourbon-roasted peaches. It also has the cookie to end all cookies: a soft bittersweet chocolate chip cookie made with gray salt.

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9. Kylie's Chicago Pizza 3601 Fremont Ave N #101, Seattle, WA 98103

Kylie's is a Chicago-inspired pizza-slinger hocking deep-dish 'zas with a West Coast twist.

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10. The Masonry 20 Roy St, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

A wood-fire pizza place boasting great ales and even better starchy goodness.

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11. Alibi Room 85 Pike St #410, Seattle, WA 98133 (Greenwood)

Nestled inside Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, but hidden enough so that the wandering tourist won't stumble upon it, the Alibi Room is a great happy hour lounge, with stellar brick oven pizzas and local brews.

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12. Flying Squirrel Pizza 8310 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Northgate)

The sweet 'za-slingers have just opened their second standalone spot in a still-sorta-remote-but-nowhere-near-as-far-as-Seward-Park storefront, where they're serving up their same hand-tossed pies topped w/ mostly NW-sourced ingredients, including the Zoe's ham/ caramelized onions/ Granny Smith apple Washington, and the veggie-covered/ pesto-based Count Basil, which is what that Sesame Street vamp did on a super-boring episode, right after he ran out of bats.

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13. The Independent Pizzeria 4235 E Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112 (Madison Park)

This beachside pizza shop in Madison Park open by a former sommelier turned dough slinger serves New York/Neapolitan style mash-ups. Expect creatively topped but not the over the top pies like the Stevedore with salami and Little Mama's hot peppers or the Twin Peaks with fontina and cremini mushrooms. The tiny, eclectically-furnished space is cozy and quirky.

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14. Rocco's Specialty Bar & Pizzeria 2228 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

Organic pizza spot is not something you hear often, that's probably because you've already stuffed your face with three slices within the span of five minutes. Rocco's makes pizza you can taste, sourcing much of its ingredients from local farmers around Seattle, including hand-making their own sausage, dough, ricotta etc.

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15. Primo 1106 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This 60-seater located in the lobby of an elegant 1920s' era boutique hotel in First Hill delivers with its simple, classic hand-tossed pizzas. Rustic Italian staples like stromboli and hand-cut pasta also feature on the menu. Half price happy hour deals on pies and cocktails make Primo a worthy after-work staple.



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