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Sunny Hill’s Detroit-style square pies are some of the best in the city.
Kristopher Shinn

Where to Find Exceptional Pizza in Seattle

With Neapolitan pizza, Chicago-style pies, New York-style slices, and more

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Sunny Hill’s Detroit-style square pies are some of the best in the city.
| Kristopher Shinn

Seattle hasn’t always been a great pizza city, but in the last few years, local pizzaiolos have been baking perfectly crafted pies from diverse pizza traditions, taking the scene to the next level. During the pandemic, pizza pop-ups flourished, and reliable (but historically unexceptional) standbys like Post Alley Pizza improved recipes to serve doughs with complex flavors and higher-quality toppings. Now, local shops offer pizza in countless styles, from thin-crust pizza with naturally leavened dough to delightfully greasy New York-style slices to Detroit-style square pies layered with creative toppings, and more, with some of the standouts listed here.

(Though there is a robust pizza pop-up scene, this list sticks to fixed locations.)

Restaurants’ hours and service levels change constantly these days, so it’s best to call ahead to confirm details. To suggest a restaurant to add to the list, email seattle@eater.com. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.

King County requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bruciato

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236 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 201-3462
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Bainbridge Island chef Brendan McGill (of Hitchcock fame) owns this popular neighborhood pizzeria. The well-crafted pies are made through a three-day fermentation process and topped with cured meats and seasonal toppings like figs, but are also great in more basic versions. There’s also beer, wine, and some stellar cocktails.

2. Sunny Hill Seattle

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3127 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 659-0355
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In early 2020, this welcoming Sunset Hill pizzeria started making its indelible mark on the scene, focused on both Detroit-style square and 12-inch round pies served from a Wood Stone hearth oven. Options include the Lord General, made with fennel sausage, soppressata, green olives, and pecorino and the Death By Stereo, pizza topped with confit garlic, Nardello peppers, sprouted broccoli, and stracchino cheese.

Three square pizza pies on cooling racks over sheet pans
Sunny Hill’s Detroit-style square pies are some of the best in the city.
Kristopher Shinn

3. Moto

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4526 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 420-8880
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The thick slices at this West Seattle pizzeria are in such high demand, there’s currently a months-long waiting list for preorders, although there are a handful of limited pies available for walk-ins (chances are better for early arrivals). Owner Lee Kindell uses an 18th century wood trough oven to bake the pies, which gives its creations an airy crust, and includes Filipino ingredients as toppings. The sweet-savory combo of pork belly and calamansi lime sauce in the MrPig pizza is not to be missed.

4. Delancey

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1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 838-1960
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Ballard’s venerable pizza destination is known for its long-fermented dough and use of locally sourced ingredients. It recently added online preordering for pickup, along with wine, liquor, and beer to-go as well. Sibling restaurant Dino’s Tomato Pie is also an excellent option for those on Capitol Hill looking for New York-style slices.

5. Proletariat Pizza

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9622-A 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 432-9765
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White Center’s casual, kid-friendly pizzeria serves creative pizzas like the ham and egg pie (made with prosciutto, soft egg, and arugula), and a potato pizza (topped with thinly-sliced potato, gorgonzola, and chives). Gluten-free crusts are available for an extra $5. Finish off the meal with homemade tiramisu.

6. Lupo

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4303 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2144
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This Fremont restaurant stands out for its sourdough pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven covered in red tile behind the service counter. The menu offers classic pizzas like marinara, pepperoni, and margherita, as well as a cacio e pepe pie and a burrata soppressata pizza with hot honey and Calabrian chili pepper.

7. Post Alley Pizza

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1123 Post Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 382-8475
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This low-lit pizza den near the gum wall near Pike Place Market is easy to overlook (literally, since it’s tucked into Post Alley). But after a recent menu revamp, with improved doughs and higher quality ingredients, has made this low-key Seattle standby one of the best pizzerias in town. Try the sausage and pistachio pesto pie with hot honey or keep it classic with the pepperoni, made with Ezzo pepperoni that curls up to make cups covered in grease.

8. Cornelly

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601 Summit Ave E #103
Seattle, WA 98102

One of the newer entries into Seattle’s pizza scene is this naturally leavened dough specialist on Capitol Hill, whose pies have drawn lines on Summit Ave E. The pizzas live up to the hype, especially the one with delightfully crispy pepperoni cups. Mushroom fans might want to try Where the Wild Things Are, a pie made with foraged black trumpet hedgehog mushrooms, or Red Funghi, made with maitake mushroooms.

9. Hot Mama's Pizza

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700 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-6444
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Hot Mama’s isn’t just for late-night snacking, although its Capitol Hill location has certainly established itself as among the best in the biz at that. Inspired by New York, made in Seattle, this pizza is great, cheap, and makes for a satisfying slice any time of day.

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Hot Mama’s specializes in New York-style slices.
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10. Blotto

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1830 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 403-1809
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After building a strong following for its naturally leavened sourdough pies as a pop-up, Blotto has set down more permanent roots on Capitol Hill with a cozy restaurant and corner market. While the menu changes often, it’s hard to go wrong with the simple cheese pie, with aged mozzarella and just the right amount of grease. For something different, try the pizza made with nduja (spicy, funky, spreadable sausage from Calabria) and kale. It’s best to get there on the early side before the shop sells out.

A full pizza pie at Blotto covered in tomato sauce against a bright green flowered placemat
Blotto is one of the more exciting new entries on the Seattle pizza scene.
Kyle Johnson

11. Southpaw

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926 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5278
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James Beard award-winning chef John Sundstrom’s pies sit somewhere between Neapolitan- and New York-style with local grains, long fermentation, and enough chewiness to support bold toppings right to the edge. The pizzas have boxing-themed names, like the Ten Count, made with Mexican-style chorizo, green onion, and Padron peppers, and the Featherweight, made with smoked mozzarella, roasted garlic, and white sauce.

12. Bar Del Corso

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3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 395-2069
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Beacon Hill’s Bar del Corso are lightly priced, wonderfully savory, and consistent. Though these pizzas can stand alone as a full meal, they're just as lovely as a shared appetizer before a deep-dive into a menu of inspired Italian fare. The restaurant also has a lovely dining room, with some newer sidewalk seating as well.

13. Breezy Town Pizza

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4864 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(312) 884-9527
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One of Seattle’s best Midwestern-style pizzerias is located in the Clockout Lounge in South Seattle (with a Phinney Ridge sibling, Windy City Pie). The pies are known for their caramelized crusts and hearty toppings such as roasted garlic, meatballs, and sport pepper — and one slice can easily make for a whole meal.

14. The Independent Pizzeria

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4235 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 860-6110
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This Madison Park favorite is known for its flaky, crispy thin crust pizzas. Each dish is a thoughtful concoction of balanced ingredients, like the Norwalk, which consists of sliced prosciutto, dollops of melted mozzarella, grana cheese, and a heap of fresh arugula greens. Pickup is available with online Tock preorders.

15. Pizzeria Pulcinella

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10003 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98178
(206) 772-6861
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This Italian restaurant on Rainier Avenue, right across the street from the shore of Lake Washington, is known for its dedication to the Neapolitan style; the dough is made with soft wheat from Italy, and the pies are cooked for less than 90 seconds in a scorching hot Italian wood-fired oven. You can’t go wrong with the pizza margherita, but there are more elaborate options too, like the Giovanni, made with roasted pepper and pesto sauce, sausage, onions, and tomatoes.

1. Bruciato

236 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Bainbridge Island chef Brendan McGill (of Hitchcock fame) owns this popular neighborhood pizzeria. The well-crafted pies are made through a three-day fermentation process and topped with cured meats and seasonal toppings like figs, but are also great in more basic versions. There’s also beer, wine, and some stellar cocktails.

236 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

2. Sunny Hill Seattle

3127 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Three square pizza pies on cooling racks over sheet pans
Sunny Hill’s Detroit-style square pies are some of the best in the city.
Kristopher Shinn

In early 2020, this welcoming Sunset Hill pizzeria started making its indelible mark on the scene, focused on both Detroit-style square and 12-inch round pies served from a Wood Stone hearth oven. Options include the Lord General, made with fennel sausage, soppressata, green olives, and pecorino and the Death By Stereo, pizza topped with confit garlic, Nardello peppers, sprouted broccoli, and stracchino cheese.

3127 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117

3. Moto

4526 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

The thick slices at this West Seattle pizzeria are in such high demand, there’s currently a months-long waiting list for preorders, although there are a handful of limited pies available for walk-ins (chances are better for early arrivals). Owner Lee Kindell uses an 18th century wood trough oven to bake the pies, which gives its creations an airy crust, and includes Filipino ingredients as toppings. The sweet-savory combo of pork belly and calamansi lime sauce in the MrPig pizza is not to be missed.

4526 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

4. Delancey

1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Ballard’s venerable pizza destination is known for its long-fermented dough and use of locally sourced ingredients. It recently added online preordering for pickup, along with wine, liquor, and beer to-go as well. Sibling restaurant Dino’s Tomato Pie is also an excellent option for those on Capitol Hill looking for New York-style slices.

1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117

5. Proletariat Pizza

9622-A 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

White Center’s casual, kid-friendly pizzeria serves creative pizzas like the ham and egg pie (made with prosciutto, soft egg, and arugula), and a potato pizza (topped with thinly-sliced potato, gorgonzola, and chives). Gluten-free crusts are available for an extra $5. Finish off the meal with homemade tiramisu.

9622-A 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

6. Lupo

4303 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This Fremont restaurant stands out for its sourdough pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven covered in red tile behind the service counter. The menu offers classic pizzas like marinara, pepperoni, and margherita, as well as a cacio e pepe pie and a burrata soppressata pizza with hot honey and Calabrian chili pepper.

4303 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Post Alley Pizza

1123 Post Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

This low-lit pizza den near the gum wall near Pike Place Market is easy to overlook (literally, since it’s tucked into Post Alley). But after a recent menu revamp, with improved doughs and higher quality ingredients, has made this low-key Seattle standby one of the best pizzerias in town. Try the sausage and pistachio pesto pie with hot honey or keep it classic with the pepperoni, made with Ezzo pepperoni that curls up to make cups covered in grease.

1123 Post Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Cornelly

601 Summit Ave E #103, Seattle, WA 98102

One of the newer entries into Seattle’s pizza scene is this naturally leavened dough specialist on Capitol Hill, whose pies have drawn lines on Summit Ave E. The pizzas live up to the hype, especially the one with delightfully crispy pepperoni cups. Mushroom fans might want to try Where the Wild Things Are, a pie made with foraged black trumpet hedgehog mushrooms, or Red Funghi, made with maitake mushroooms.

601 Summit Ave E #103
Seattle, WA 98102

9. Hot Mama's Pizza

700 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
A closeup of two pizza slices with pepperoni and other toppings.
Hot Mama’s specializes in New York-style slices.
Hot Mama’s

Hot Mama’s isn’t just for late-night snacking, although its Capitol Hill location has certainly established itself as among the best in the biz at that. Inspired by New York, made in Seattle, this pizza is great, cheap, and makes for a satisfying slice any time of day.

700 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Blotto

1830 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A full pizza pie at Blotto covered in tomato sauce against a bright green flowered placemat
Blotto is one of the more exciting new entries on the Seattle pizza scene.
Kyle Johnson

After building a strong following for its naturally leavened sourdough pies as a pop-up, Blotto has set down more permanent roots on Capitol Hill with a cozy restaurant and corner market. While the menu changes often, it’s hard to go wrong with the simple cheese pie, with aged mozzarella and just the right amount of grease. For something different, try the pizza made with nduja (spicy, funky, spreadable sausage from Calabria) and kale. It’s best to get there on the early side before the shop sells out.

1830 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Southpaw

926 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

James Beard award-winning chef John Sundstrom’s pies sit somewhere between Neapolitan- and New York-style with local grains, long fermentation, and enough chewiness to support bold toppings right to the edge. The pizzas have boxing-themed names, like the Ten Count, made with Mexican-style chorizo, green onion, and Padron peppers, and the Featherweight, made with smoked mozzarella, roasted garlic, and white sauce.

926 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Bar Del Corso

3057 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Beacon Hill’s Bar del Corso are lightly priced, wonderfully savory, and consistent. Though these pizzas can stand alone as a full meal, they're just as lovely as a shared appetizer before a deep-dive into a menu of inspired Italian fare. The restaurant also has a lovely dining room, with some newer sidewalk seating as well.

3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

13. Breezy Town Pizza

4864 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

One of Seattle’s best Midwestern-style pizzerias is located in the Clockout Lounge in South Seattle (with a Phinney Ridge sibling, Windy City Pie). The pies are known for their caramelized crusts and hearty toppings such as roasted garlic, meatballs, and sport pepper — and one slice can easily make for a whole meal.

4864 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

14. The Independent Pizzeria

4235 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

This Madison Park favorite is known for its flaky, crispy thin crust pizzas. Each dish is a thoughtful concoction of balanced ingredients, like the Norwalk, which consists of sliced prosciutto, dollops of melted mozzarella, grana cheese, and a heap of fresh arugula greens. Pickup is available with online Tock preorders.

4235 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

15. Pizzeria Pulcinella

10003 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178

This Italian restaurant on Rainier Avenue, right across the street from the shore of Lake Washington, is known for its dedication to the Neapolitan style; the dough is made with soft wheat from Italy, and the pies are cooked for less than 90 seconds in a scorching hot Italian wood-fired oven. You can’t go wrong with the pizza margherita, but there are more elaborate options too, like the Giovanni, made with roasted pepper and pesto sauce, sausage, onions, and tomatoes.

10003 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98178

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