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Pizza suggestions for NYC visitor

shorts Jun 8, 2010 09:41 AM

Some magazine came out with a pizza top 64 tournament bracket, and a few places from Seattle are on it - which do you recommend?
Delancey
Tutta Bella
Serious Pie

Thanks!

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Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Tutta Bella
4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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    Earl of Sandwich RE: shorts Jun 8, 2010 10:24 AM

    My suggestion is to wait until you're back in New York.

    The only place you should consider checking out is Serious Pie, because it's a different take on pizza and because it's very good. Tutta Bella is fine, but you can easily do better at many NYC places.

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    Serious Pie
    316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Tutta Bella
    4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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      GreenYoshi RE: shorts Jun 8, 2010 11:09 AM

      I think Delancey compares to some of the very good offerings in NYC.
      Tutta Bella is crap. I think less of people who rate it highly.
      And as Earl of Sandwich notes, Serious Pie is different enough that it's worth a shot.

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      Serious Pie
      316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

      Tutta Bella
      4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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        lavaca RE: GreenYoshi Jun 8, 2010 11:25 PM

        I liked Tutta Bella when it first opened up (5-6 years ago), but it seems like every Neapolitan place to open since then has been better while Tutta Bella still putters along as if it's the only game in town. For that style, Via Tribunali and Serious Pie are much better (however, none of these places has much to do with New York pizza...perhaps that's a good thing around here).

      2. dave_c RE: shorts Jun 8, 2010 11:13 AM

        My coworkers from Italy swear by Tutta Bella and Via Tribunali claiming that's the closest you can get to real Italian pizza.

        Serious pie is good. I prefer the happy hour special. I like deals :-)

        All different from NYC pizza.

        Edit:
        Wow! I see links and I didn't even add links to my post.

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        Tutta Bella
        4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

        Via Tribunali
        913 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

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          HungWeiLo RE: dave_c Jun 8, 2010 08:52 PM

          Your coworkers are correct.

          Although authentic, I don't think it's a very good pizza. "Closest to real Italian" doesn't imply good - only that all the pieces are there and not slobbered with cheese.

          But an NYCer trying to find pizza in Seattle is just setting himself up for a night of displeasure. Kind of like that other Miamian trying to find Cuban food ingredients around here.

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          akq RE: shorts Jun 8, 2010 11:28 AM

          Skip tutta bella. I love Delancy. Serious pie is a very different take on pizza and I haven't been impressed with any of the pizzas except the one with the egg which I love (but don't get often because it's really expensive, the wait can be brutal and the high stools/tables are really uncomfortable). I also like Via Trib, although I've only been for their happy hour (an excellent deal $5 personal size pizza, although my glass of wine cost twice that, so who's saving money?).

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            seattleviking RE: shorts Jun 8, 2010 05:24 PM

            For a New Yorker I would say Delfino's stuffed crust pizza would be the best bet. It's very tasty and has nothing to do with New York.

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              shorts RE: seattleviking Jun 8, 2010 05:52 PM

              Not really looking for stuffed crust/chicago style. In fact, not looking to eat something that compares to nyc, or resembles it, or reminds me of home. Just want some good pizza!

            2. landguy RE: shorts Jun 8, 2010 08:15 PM

              Are you serious? Don't bother. Go eat some Copper River Salmon here instead. NYC pizza can not be beat.

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                dagrassroots RE: landguy Jun 8, 2010 11:05 PM

                Let's not get carried away here. NYC has some great pizza but it is not the only place to get great pizza. The average pizza in NY is actually pretty mediocre. Seattle has good pies: Serious Pie, Flying Squirrel and Delancey.

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                Serious Pie
                316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

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                  firecracker RE: landguy Jun 8, 2010 11:54 PM

                  I'd go for the Copper River salmon too, Landguy. If pizza is all you'll accept, Shorts, try Serious Pie for some seriously different offerings. Go for the Copper River salmon first and foremost!

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                  Serious Pie
                  316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

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                    shorts RE: firecracker Jun 9, 2010 06:29 AM

                    Thanks. Pizza is not the only thing I will eat, but since I will be in Seattle for 5 days and have a love for pizza all over the states, I want to try the best Seattle has to offer!

                2. terrier RE: shorts Jun 9, 2010 07:21 AM

                  Delancey is basically Motorino. I mean that in the very best way - but it's not substantially *different* than Motorino. Similar vibe, similar style of (exceptional) pie.

                  Serious Pie is a different pizza - shows a bit of New Haven influence. I'd recommend it as the most unique option.

                  Tutta Bella is just Neapolitian and you can do better for that style locally at Via Tribunali.

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                  Serious Pie
                  316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                  Tutta Bella
                  4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

                  Via Tribunali
                  913 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

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                    shorts RE: terrier Jun 9, 2010 11:15 AM

                    Thanks terrier - think we're leaning Serious pie!

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                    yoyo11 RE: shorts Jun 9, 2010 02:52 PM

                    I spent several years in NYC and I agree with those who say that true NYC pizza does not exist in Seattle. For me, the closest I've had would be Flying Squirrel or (ironically) A New York Pizza Place.

                    I know this is the Seattle board but if you're up for a 3-hour drive, head down to Portland to A Pizza Scholls. I firmly believe it's the best pizza in the Northwest by far.

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                    New York Pizza Place
                    701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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                      dagrassroots RE: yoyo11 Jun 9, 2010 02:53 PM

                      Just to be clear the OP never specified he wanted NY Pizza.

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                        shorts RE: dagrassroots Jun 10, 2010 05:57 AM

                        Exactly...I should never have mentioned I was from NY!

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                          yoyo11 RE: dagrassroots Jun 10, 2010 12:43 PM

                          My bad. In that case, Via Tribunali, Delancey and Flying Squirrel would be my suggestions.

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                          Via Tribunali
                          913 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

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                        seattleviking RE: shorts Jun 9, 2010 05:14 PM

                        I can give you more encouragement for Serious Pie. I tried the Happy Hour and thought it was really great and different than what you will get just about anywhere else.

                        A place that I really like is Bambino's Pizza. It's one of my favorites in Seattle due to the good quality ingredients and the nice charred crust. The crust is not too thin and it's pretty crispy right to the center of the pie. It's a no beer/wine place but the pizza is really good.

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                        Serious Pie
                        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                        1. soypower RE: shorts Jun 9, 2010 09:43 PM

                          I got a slice of Veraci pizza at a local farmer's market and was delighted. I've never been to NY, so I'm not sure how it compares, but I love their not-sweet sauce and the nice char on their crust. I suppose the wood-fired oven adds to the flavor. And apparently you don't have to travel to your local farmer's market to try it, you can just go to the pizzeria in Ballard...

                          http://www.veracipizza.com/pizzeria.html

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                            christy319 RE: soypower Jun 10, 2010 10:30 AM

                            I really like Veraci EXCEPT for all the dried oregano they sprinkle on top. Way too much IMO so if anyone also might not be in to that, ask them to go light or go without. But if you find yourself at a farmer's market where they are, try a slice. if you go to the shop they make a good caeser, too. it's small and always crowded, though.

                            I think Delancy has great pizza but it's the most ridiculous wait I've ever experienced. It's small but they let groups reserve the 3 6/8 tops. Everyone else has to compete for the 5 little tables, and since food comes out really slowly, turnover takes forever. (I saw tables wait an hour for their salads. Why food comes out so slowly is beyond me). People line up at 4:30 for the 5 pm opening, then it takes a couple hours for anyone to leave. I really hope they figure out how to run a restaurant one of these days because I'd like to go back, but they probably don't have any incentive to change, since it's always packed.

                            Via Tribunali is my favorite Italian style.

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                            Via Tribunali
                            913 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

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                            pusherman RE: shorts Jun 10, 2010 12:19 PM

                            Many here will disagree with me, but I actually think Seattle is a pretty good city for pizza; because we don't really have a local style like NY or Boston, means we get a little of everything, and I have found places I think are pretty good all over the place, from Neapolitan to Greek Pizza to whatever.

                            For a NY visitor, I'd suggest trying to find places that are uniquely local -- and skip the "authentic" Italian places or the NY-, Boston- or Chicago-wannabes. For me, that definitely means Serious Pie, which is both unique and awesome. The only drawback is it's small, and doesn't take reservations; on a weeknight, it's OK if you can get there before 7, it's tough on weekends.

                            I also really like Flying Squirrel, which has an ordinary crust, but unusual and highly localized toppings. It's also an easier table, though it's off the beaten path.

                            I like Delancey, but not enough to wait in line. They will take reservations, however.

                            I'm not a Tutta Bella hater like everyone else here -- when I lived in Wallimont, it was a very handy short walk and a good weeknight kinda place; their salads are great and very cheap.

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                            Serious Pie
                            316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                            Tutta Bella
                            4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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                              mrnelso RE: shorts Jun 11, 2010 12:06 AM

                              Try Veraci. On a good day, you might have the "Mole and Green Onion."

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                                mooyee RE: shorts Jun 13, 2010 12:27 AM

                                if you like Totonno's in NYC you will like Bambino's, it is basically the same.

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                                  soypower RE: mooyee Jun 13, 2010 06:55 AM

                                  I just had Bambino's delivered last night. Very tasty, thin crust, good sauce, and above-average toppings.

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