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Pizza for Very Discerning Visitors

I'll be making my fourth trip in recent years to Seattle over Thanksgiving. I'm a big fan of Serious Pie and we usually hit it up for lunch as soon as we've checked into our hotel. But I've been reading a lot about Delancey. What's the feeling about how these two places compare? I don't want to travel to Delancey to wait on line for a pie just because the owners of the place are young, hip and beloved. Tom Douglas may be a big corporate mucky-muck now, but he knows how to make pie. Please post your views. Thanks.

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Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Delancey
1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

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  1. I think they're quite different. Serious Pie is creative/non-traditional (it's been a while since I've been but I remember the crust being particularly unusual), whereas Delancy is well done but not particularly unique wood fired, thin crust pizza. I like Delancy's pizza but don't think it's that different from other good wood fired pizzas. They call Delancy NY Style but to me it seems like a crispier Neopolitan style pizza (or maybe something in between NY and Neopolitan). If Serious Pie is what you love I'd stick to that. If you are craving something more traditional I'd get the Neopolitan style at Via Tribunali or a slice of wood fired from Veraci at one of farmer's markets where they are a vendor.

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    Serious Pie
    316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Via Tribunali
    317 W Galer St, Seattle, WA 98119

    12 Replies
    1. re: christy319

      I second the idea of a trip to Veraci. What they provide is simply good quality pizza.

      1. re: christy319

        I thought Veraci had a sit-down location in Ballard now...or am I thinking about somebody else...

        1. re: HungWeiLo

          They do have a sit down location (link below). I've only had their pizza at the Ballard Farmer's market, so the sit-down quality is unknown to me. But I'm sure it is just as good.

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          Veraci Pizza
          500 NW Market St, Seattle, WA

          1. re: HungWeiLo

            Veraci does have a (very small and crowded) sit down location, but I prefer the pizza from the mobile ovens. It could be it just wasn't done quite right the couple times I went to the restaurant, but I think the crust comes out better from the mobile ovens. The restaurant does have a very good caeser so if you're wanting a slice and a salad, I would recommend the Ballard location. (You also need to not mind the fact that they have a toy drawer right next to the place where you line up, and that you will need to step over kids playing with toys on the floor. It's order at the counter, so take out is easy, though).

            1. re: christy319

              Ballard Veraci offers a pizza we like a lot, with Salumi Mole Salami and green onions .

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              Salumi
              309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

              1. re: christy319

                What I've noticed, having both eaten at the restaurant and picked up, is that the pizza tends to steam a bit while in a take out box. This effect gives it a chewier, less crunchy texture. I prefer the fresh out of the oven crust over the take home, but the pizza is still better than most.

            2. re: christy319

              Veraci and Via Trib are fine (thank god, no one has brought up Tutta Bella yet...), but as I often do in posts about pizza, I'll put in a word for Bambino's, which I think is one of the most overlooked places for pizza.

              Not the gourmet styling of Serious Pie, nor the perfectionism of Delancy, but probably the closest to the traditional East Coast pizza that many are beloved by many, including me.

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              Serious Pie
              316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

              1. re: GreenYoshi

                I'll second Bambino's. My wife and I both love this place. Quality toppings on crust that is actually crispy right to the center of the pie.

                1. re: GreenYoshi

                  We are huge fans of Bambino's too. One of, if not, our favorite pizzas in Seattle.

                  1. re: GreenYoshi

                    While I wholeheartedly agree with your reservations of TB, I do enjoy a hot-summer-day lunch of cool caprese-like "Solerno" salad (Mozz, cherry-tomato halves, cucumber, Fennel, and Romaine on a baked pizza crust).

                    1. re: GreenYoshi

                      I will go for Bambino's as well. The Chef and her Veteran boyfriend bought it a few months ago and since then it has gotten better by the day. They have the best beer selection particularly for a pizzeria. The service is really friendly and professional, and the pizza... well if you like Grimaldi's that this is as close as it gets out here.

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                      Bambino's Pizzeria
                      401 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

                      1. re: GreenYoshi

                        I'm a fan of Bambino's smoked mozzarella. With it, you can have a bacon-flavored vegetarian pizza. Thumbs way up.

                    2. I have been to Serious Pie only once. I liked the atmosphere a lot and the pizza topping combinations were creative. I have been to Delancey several times as I live in Ballard. Delancey has a traditional list of topping combinations generally (with some stand outs seasonally such as the Padron chiles). The crust is thin but not unduly so. It has some chew and is neither too crisp nor too wet in the center. However I really don't see them as a classic NY pizza. On the other hand I can recommend them. They use quality ingredients and the pizzas smell, taste and look great. Delancey is also a very attractive space with a limited list of appetizers and desserts in addition to their pizza. I don't think you would find a meal there to be a waste. There is not always a line at Delancey. Admittedly though your best option is to be there when they open ... Regretfully now that it is Fall outdoor seating is not likely an option as it was in the Summer. The outdoor seating really helped relieve the crush.

                      I am a huge neopolitan pizza fan and have been to several Neopolitan pizzerias (and resturants featuring Neopolitan style pizza) around town including Tutta Bella (Columbia City and Wallingford), Via Tribunali (Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and Fremont/Wallingford), Picolinos (Ballard), Mama Melina (Bryant/U.District) and Queen Margherita(Magnolia). I don't tend to prefer Tutta Bella mostly because of the loud family ambiance. However the pizzas are not bad and they meet the Vera Pizza Napoletana requirements (and are VPN certified). For awhile I was especially enamored with Via Tribunali (specifically their Capitol HIll shop and then their Queen Anne location). However when they started their corporate expansion and pizzaola Dino Santonicola left Via T., I felt like they dropped just a notch. Via T locations are also VPN certified. If you go to the VPN America website you can see that both Via T. and Tutta Bella have turned into chains with a number of locations. Dino landed at Ristorante Picolinos in Ballard and promptly turned their pizza from mediocre to, in my view, best of the neopolitan pizza in the city. They are also now VPN certified. However I regret that Dino is no longer with Picolinos. He is in the DC area working on another venture. I have not been since he left so I cannot say whether they have continued to make pizza to Dino's standards. I have not tried Pizzeria Pulcinella in S.Seattle but it was a reader favorite in 2009 and they are also VPN certified. Mama Melina is another place that Dino helped out. I have only been once -- during a pre-opening party for their new location down near U.Village. The pizza was excellent. Queen Margherita is not on the VPN list but I thought that their pizza was amazing on my first visit there.

                      Other places that serve NY style pizza that I have enjoyed include Snoose Junction in Ballard, Flying Squirrel Pizza (now in a second location at Sunset Tavern in Ballard) and the interesting thin cracker crust Minnesota style pizzas at Zayda Buddy's in Ballard.

                      Enjoy

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                      Serious Pie
                      316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                      Queen Anne Cafe
                      2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

                      Tutta Bella
                      4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

                      Via Tribunali
                      317 W Galer St, Seattle, WA 98119

                      Picolinos
                      6415 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

                      Delancey
                      1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

                      6 Replies
                      1. re: klsalas

                        Serious Pie Hands Down,

                        Delancey is about a restaurant atmosphere for me, a romantic evening with a goof pizza as part of it.

                        Serious Pie is about the pie. They also have a 5 dollar happy hour.

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                        Serious Pie
                        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                        Delancey
                        1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

                        1. re: savvy savorer

                          and I meant to say good pizza, The Delancey Pizza is really good and it is also a nice way to pass the evening

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                          Delancey
                          1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

                          1. re: savvy savorer

                            So what's wrong with goof?
                            Most of my life is a goof.
                            Meanwhile, I agree that both make good pie and that Verace is not even competing for the romantic evening business, what with kids underfoot, and all. Suave, no. Good, yes. Both serve sophisticated pizza. Verace pizza with green onion and Aramandino's Mole Salami and Beecher's Flagship is killer.

                            1. re: mrnelso

                              agreed!

                              1. re: mrnelso

                                Delancy romantic? It was loud and full of toddlers crawling around when I went.

                                1. re: christy319

                                  really? I did not see a toddler in sight . I found it to be a nice place for dining and intimate conversations.

                        2. I am guessing that you are from the Bay Area and may be familiar with Zachary's (Berkeley/Oakland) or Little Star (SF). If you are a fan of that type of pizza, you should make a trip over to the Fremont District and try Kylie's near the Lenin Statue. Fremont is cool after the food, as well.

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                          1. re: Dennis Loubal

                            Highly recommend Kylie's if you like Chicago style pizza. It is the only place in Seattle I have found that comes close to having good Chicago pizza.

                            As far as Serious versus Delancey goes - I actually like the setting at Serious slightly better, but think the crust at Delancey is marginally better. Both are good, but if you are downtown already Serious is probably the better option.

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                            Delancey
                            1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

                            1. re: Dennis Loubal

                              zachary's isn't pizza.

                              1. re: Dennis Loubal

                                Little Star now has an outpost in Albany and, I have to admit, their Little Star deep dish is delish. It bears little resemblance to pizza, however.

                              2. I just visited Pulcinella Pizzeria on Rainier Ave. S. tonight and had a wonderful Neapolitan style pizza. The crust was wood-fired, with a perfect balance of char and chew - not too thick or thin. The toppings were tasty too - I had sausage and red onion on a marinara base with fresh mozzarella. There are other Seattle area pizzerias that claim to be Neapolitan style, such as Veraci in Ballard (crust too crisp and thin for my taste, although the toppings are imaginative) and Tutta Bella at multiple locations (too bland, IMO), but I find the balance between crust and toppings served at Pulcinella to be just right. (I have no affiliation with this restaurant).

                                http://www.pulcinellapizza.com/