The Happiest Hour
Description: West Seattle's Pizzeria 22 is a thoroughly likable restaurant and lounge brought to us by pizzaiolo superstar Cary Kemp (no relation to Shawn), current owner of Inferno Catering and 15-year veteran of spots such as Via Tribunali, Snoose Junction, Pogacha, and more.
Scene: The bartender says the building Pizzeria 22 occupies was once a dry cleaner's, a tarot reader's, and a bakery's storage unit—though not all at once, disappointingly. The space is long and trim with plenty of dark wood, low-hanging lights, and collections of hand-painted platters and Madonna-with-child iconography. There's also an image of Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius, famed for an ancient flash eruption that left detailed ashen casts of its thousands of victims—all of them looking pretty freaked-out.
Happy hours: Mon–Fri 4–6 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $1 off everything, including drafts ($4.50 Stella Artois, $2.50 Genesee), wine ($7 Kiona Lemberger), bottles and cans ($3.50 Peroni), cocktails (the $9 Maserati Margarita has Hussong's tequila, Luxardo, and Grand Marnier with fresh-squeezed lime), and wells ($4).
Bonus: Mon–Fri 4–5 pm brings $1 beers! (Rotating selection: Pabst, Hamm's, Oly.)
Happy-hour food specials: A nice list of opportunities to exploit the old-world wood-fired oven, including $5 hand-pinched pizzas (margherita, pepperoni), $5 antipasto (stuffed mushrooms with roasted garlic, herbed ricotta, grana Italian cheese), and $3 desserts (wood-fired s'mores).