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If you ask a diner what they love the most about their favorite restaurant, they're likely to say it's the food. But every once in a while, it's the intangible factors that prompt you to return to a spot over and over again.
Humble Pie is a neighborhood pizza joint located on Rainier Ave. in the International District. There are ten wood-fired pizzas on the menu, with an even split between meat and vegetarian pies. You can get pitchers of local beers such as Odin on tap. The staff is friendly, the pizzas are huge, and at $8 to $12 a pop (with $5 margherita pizzas during happy hour) one pizza can easily feed up to three to four people.
The toppings, ranging from smoked eggplant and Beecher's cheddar to red wine-soaked sopressata, are creative and high quality.
But beyond the pizza, beer, and great staff, Humble Pie is flipping awesome because:
· It's built on two shipping containers, and eating in a shipping container is neat. Owner Brian Solazzi bconstructed Humble Pie from scratch. As in, he did all of the excavation, construction, and some of the plumbing and electric. He built the chairs and picnic benches outside. With a background in construction management, the native Seattleite is also a trained architect who received a masters in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon. And I'm just getting started: Why build a pizza joint out of repurposed shipping containers? Aside from Solazzi's passion for sustainability (he repurposed pallets, and even the toilet is salvaged,) it's cost efficient. It's important for Solazzi to keep his building costs low so he can keep the prices of his pies affordable. His 192-square-foot structure is even built to Leed Platinum Standard.