Respected pizzaiolo Cary Kemp, who helms West Seattle’s Pizzeria 22, has opened Nine Pies Pizzeria next to and in conjunction with Nine Hats Wines’ new Sodo tasting room. The 50-seat restaurant at 3861 First Ave. S specializes in New York-style pizza, pasta, and calzones for lunch and dinner, and it can all be washed down with beer and Nine Hats wine.
Kemp’s VPN-certified Pizzeria 22 has been a mainstay of Eater’s essential Seattle pizza restaurants for years. His pizzas at Nine Pies come in 14- and 18-inch options, plus a 12-inch gluten-free alternative. Topping combinations include the Bacchetta, with pepperoni, pineapple, roasted jalapeno, chili oil, mozzarella, parmesan, and tomato sauce, as well as the Siluro, with rosemary-roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, pancetta, red onion, gorgonzola, and mozzarella. Diners can build their own pies, too, as well as supplement the meal with appetizers like stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta, salads, calzones, pastas, sides, and a meatball sandwich.
Sadly, Kemp didn’t export his sought-after s’more dessert from the West Seattle menu, but dessert in Sodo is still an appealing proposition thanks to a Nutella stromboli, rotating flavors of housemade gelato, and a warm chocolate chip cookie.
Nine Hats relocated its Woodinville tasting room to Sodo back in September, with the goal of bringing Kemp’s pizzeria to the space by year’s end. Originally a single label from highly regarded vintner Long Shadows, the Nine Hats brand has taken on a life of its own, with its nine wines racking up their fair share of awards. The new Sodo home comes outfitted with such conversation pieces as a grand piano, antique toy collection, and mahogany bar, and the vibe at Nine Hats Pizzeria is quite similar.
Nine Hats Wines’ tasting room is open Thursday to Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Nine Pies Pizzeria is open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Correction, 3/1/18: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Cary Kemp as a co-founder of Via Tribunali. Michael McConnell is the sole founder of Via Tribunali; Kemp worked for the company, but did not co-found it.