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Did you consider Sizzle Pie, Southpaw, or old standbys Pagliacci and Zeek's in your ratings?
@3 It is strange that they didn't go to Pagliacci if they were looking for cheese slices, although the Pagliacci on Broadway isn't as good as the one on the Ave. I agree Zeek is great.
Veraci’s crust is criminally short on salt, which makes it taste like what every dough lacking salt tastes like: cardboard. It disappoints me every time it’s been long enough for me to forget and try it again.
Missing from this list: Slice Box in SoDo (although their Sicilian is far superior to their round pie) and Supreme in West Seattle (brand new from Mark Fuller of Ma’ono and New Luck Toy).
And the person included on this trip who lived on the East Coast must not have lived in NYC cause choosing bready, square Sicilian pizza as the top pizza in Seattle and brushing aside Hot Mama's? Nope. And I've got news for all of you, Big Mario's Pizza is NOT New York style. It's Washington, DC style and that is befuddling because DC has the worst pizza in the world. Big Mario's is not the worst, but it's not good.
As a native New Yorker who's been here for 22+ years, I can say I've been through my share of Seattle-pizza-hating years. But I've come around and realized that, as the saying goes, "Even bad pizza is still pizza." And really, Seattle pizza ain't so bad, unless it's Big Mario's which is a travesty.
On my first visit to New York in the spring of 2015 -- well, not my first-ever visit, but my first visit in a long time -- I passed by a place on 6th Ave in Greenwich Village, 99¢ Fresh Pizza, where you can get a cheese slice for, yes, 99¢. I'm sure pizza connoisseurs would never go near any of these places (you'll find them here, swooning over $5 slices), but they pull in an endless stream of customers and, for a quick bite to eat, they're perfectly fine with me. My favorite location is the one on Stanton St, on the Lower East Side.
Here's a 2010 article about them -- and a inexpensive competitor, 2 Bros Pizza -- in the NY Times: Where a Meal Can Cost a Fortune, 99¢ Piz…. Interesting that they've managed to keep their slice price at 99¢ since 2010.
On my third visit, last spring, I went to a place called L&B Spumoni Gardens in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn because it was mentioned by someone in the book City Secrets: New York City. They sell Sicilian-style slices there for $2.75. Again, probably not a place you'll find pizza connoisseurs, but many happy customers and fine with me. I also loved the people-watching.
But if you want the best pizza in the city, Italian Family Pizza on First Hill.
*(well, born in Wisconsin but moved to Seattle at age 2)
The Stranger is too polite to mention it, but I'm not. Here's a quick read about the proprietors of Italian Family Pizza. Still feel like giving them your money?
You think that's an isolated incident? When in your life have you ever known racist homophobic asshole behavior to be a one-time thing? Like folks who believe in racial equality and gay rights just have bad days, and, you now, just snap sometimes?