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Feb 17, 2014 04:19 PM

A Most Expensive Piece Of Pizza

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.