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A Most Expensive Piece Of Pizza

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While at the Beer Junction in West Seattle noticed that you could bring in pizza from a close by joint named Quadrato.
So I called and ordered one slice each of their 4 cheese, pepperoni, and the special which was sausage and Mama Lils.
Quick trip around the corner 3 minutes later to pick up the pizza I was presented with a bill for $15 bucks and change.
You're telling me a slice of pizza is $5?
Well I returned to the beer and didn't tell my wife the price.
We both liked the pizza don't get me wrong but $5!?!

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  1. How big was the slice?
    Was it delicious?
    What do you think it should have cost?
    How much do you usually pay for a slice of pizza in Seattle?
    How much was the beer?

    I'm having a hard time understanding your outrage. I haven't been to Quadrato, but I am a huge fan of Cary's other restaurant, Pizzeria 22 in Admiral, and I never bat an eye at the bill.

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    1. re: babette feasts

      Good pizza no question as I posted.
      What's a fair price? $3.00
      This pizza was square with a thick bready crust.
      I don't usually buy pizza by the slice so I don't have anything to compare it to.
      The beer was what it is normally.
      Not outraged, it's just expensive for a takeout piece of pizza. Expensive enough that I posted here to hear what others think.

      It's clear you are a big fan of Cary's other restaurant and I'm glad you never bat an eye at the bill but we're not talking about that.

      We're talking about this: a piece of takeout pizza from a hole in the wall for $5.
      It should be life changing for $5.
      Remember the scene in Pulp Ficton? A $5 milkshake? That's how I felt.
      Anyone else think this is expensive?

      1. re: JayDK

        I think a $5 slice is outrageous.

        1. re: JayDK

          I haven't seen Pulp Fiction.

          What are your favorite inexpensive meals, especially in West Seattle? I'm about to be less employed and will need to stop spending so much money on pizza :)

          1. re: JayDK

            Definitely expensive and sad since we live approximately 20 steps away.

            FWIW though, Seattle doesn't seem to be a takeout slice kinda town anyway. On that stretch of California, neither Pagliacci's nor Talerico's sell to-go slices.

            Bakery Nouveau does, but it's more on par with Quadratto's square, thick style.

            Downtown, there's Delaurenti's, also in the before-mentioned thick camp...

        2. Di Fara charges $5 a slice and has been since about 2009, but that's Dom and he's in NYC.

          1. Something that popped up in my mind was paying $16 for a croque madame at Cafe Campagne for brunch. It was heavenly and delicious and I would order it again and again, but let's face it - it's kind of a fine line between that and a slice of pizza.

            1. They just had a really great review in Seattle magazine. The reviewer must not have been fazed by the price because it had a sticker designating it "Cheap Eats".

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              1. re: FoodDee

                That is interesting!
                "Cheap Eats" my pepperoni!
                Didn't Seattle mag also rave about Gastropod?
                Hands down this place was the loser of 2013 for us.

              2. Hi, Jay:

                I'm about as cheap as they come, and $5 doesn't sound like it's outrageous to me. We live in a world of $25 whole pies, after all.


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                1. re: kaleokahu

                  You've posted about Salvatore before and I just looked at their menu online.
                  Their most expensive pizza is $11.50.
                  It's material to point out that they have to seat you, serve you, do the dishes and everything else that goes into a restaurant's overhead.

                  $11.50 for an entire pizza in a nice restaurant made by real Italians. (!)
                  $5 for a slice of take out pizza from a hole in the wall.

                  If anyone knows Latin, please tell us the pizza equivalent of "Caveat Emptor."

                  Let's not lose sight that this post is about the price and quality of takeout pizza by the slice. Maybe we should start a new thread of pizza by the slice reviews and prices to keep it on point.

                  1. re: JayDK

                    Hi, Jay:

                    I've never ordered pizza at Salvatore, but I believe I remember that these are individual, i.e., small, pies.

                    Quadrato's slices actually range from $4.25 to $4.95. The three you ordered should have totaled $13.95. Not inexpensive, but you would be a better judge of the value, since you're the one who ate there.

                    Yes, I think a separate thread on pizza-by-the-slice is a fine idea.


                    1. re: JayDK

                      Come over to White Center and try Proletariat Pizza on 16th. They do slices for lunch. Happy hour (half-price pies) is Monday through Thursday, 4-5:30pm. Great NYish syle pizza. Eat in or take out and I think they've just started delivery.

                    2. re: kaleokahu

                      You should meet my Mom who taught me cheap.
                      I saw her putting duct tape (that she got on closeout) over the holes in her house slippers.
                      She'd say that 5 bucks is about the right price for a Whole Pizza. Maybe in the 60's at Shakey's Pizza Mom but nowadays things cost a little more.

                      Even though, sorry, I just can't get used to a $5 slice.

                    3. $5 slice? bushwa! (Unless it's at Di Fara like grampart says - and it's only worth it there to avoid the wait for a whole pie.)

                      I actually think A Pizza Mart (at least the hole-in-the-wall location on Stewart St near 9th.) does a creditable $3 utility slice, especially during the week at lunch or after work when the turnover's high and the pies are consumed within a few minutes of baking. I'm particular partial to a "combo" slice and a jim beam on the rocks (it's a bar, after all) and sorely miss it.

                      1. I just spot checked a few places in SF and the prices went from as low as $3.75 to over $7. So $5 sounds reasonable to me.

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                        1. re: c oliver

                          SF is also the only place in the country where Girl Scout Cookies go for $5 a box. In the real world, $7 for a slice is ridiculous.

                          1. re: grampart

                            I picked SF because it's a good-sized, West Coast city but I bet any place in the country with high real estate prices will be in the $5/slice range. I see you're from NE GA so checked a few ATL places and they ran from $3.75 to $6.75.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              I'm not saying such places don't exist; just that paying so much for a slice is crazy. I assume these $5+ slices have amazing toppings.

                              1. re: grampart

                                And I'm just saying that prices for everything have risen over the years so, no, $5 is just what it is.

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  I used to pay 30 cents for a slice in 1964. A 1964 dollar is equal to about $7.50 these days. Based on that inflation rate, a slice today should be about $2.50.

                                  1. re: grampart

                                    You're doing a straight inflation-based math equation. I don't believe that takes into consideration the rise in real estate prices in certain areas of the country. And that the ingredients one had available 50 years ago are likely not in the same league as today. But, again, it YOU think it's ridiculous, then you certainly shouldn't eat it. Any time I can get a meal for $5-$7 I consider it a good deal.

                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      You're right, but I sure don't consider 1 slice of pizza a meal.

                                      1. re: grampart

                                        grampart, 1 slice may not be a lunch.

                                        But if 2 slices of pizza constitutes a lunch, and if that lunch comes out to a little under $10 (based on kaleo's reporting of Quadrato's pricing), it absolutely is not an out-of-bounds expenditure for a lunch, in the context of a big American city in 2014, regardless of whatever you may have paid 50 years ago.

                                          1. re: grampart

                                            Oh, I am also :) I remember thinking that if I ever made $1000/mo, I wouldn't know how to spend it all!

                                            1. re: grampart

                                              None of us are getting young, if that's any consolation.

                                        1. re: c oliver

                                          Actually, isn't pizza one of those food items that actually decreased significantly in consumer cost in recent years?

                                          Of course, I'm referring to the chain places which have been at a price war with each other for seemingly forever - they all seem to be charging $10 for a large 3+ topping pizza. I remember these same pizzas going for around $15-$20 each in the late 80s. ($20 in 1990 = ~$35 in 2014).

                                          1. re: HungWeiLo

                                            I don't think we're talking chains here. Or I'm not. And I agree with you.

                                            1. re: HungWeiLo

                                              Yes, and in fact Little Caesar's will sell you a large to-go pepperoni that is "hot an ready" for a mere $5.

                                              But I think the corporate chains have lowered their prices by constantly lowering the quality of their ingredients. It is also cheaper to fly now than it was in the 1980's, but the experience is far more spartan. The economics of a place that is actually putting out a quality product will be far different than in one of the big chain operations, which compete on price instead of quality.

                                              One of the things that factors in to the cost of pizza by the slice is the amount of slice business that the store is doing. If most of the demand is for whole pies, then selling by the slice gets more dicey, and may cause the owner to charge an extra buck or so.

                                              1. re: Gizmo56

                                                And Lil Ceasar's "cheese" does not even require refrigeration before it is turned into "pizza." Mmmmmmm.

                              2. I'm starting a new thread for Pizza By The Slice
                                Let's move on from this post because, do we really care what this one hole-in-the-wall in West Seattle charges?

                                Or do we really want to find the best quality and value in pizza slices?

                                I'm guilty because I started this post so let me try and put it to rest and move on!