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Eight Calzones Worth Loosening Your Belt For

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Calzones are basically folded-over pizzas, right? Filled with a few traditional pizza toppings, like sausage, and a bit of sauce. (If you're Italian, you spell the plural of calzone as calzoni, but we won't be sticklers.) You might argue that any baked sandwich falls into this category, from the Irish pasty to the Spanish empanada, and you wouldn't be completely wrong.

But the Italian concoctions have a range of styles and names, depending on where they're from, how they're served, (dry, or with some sort of sauce on top) and just what's inside. Regional names include scaccia or scacciata (from Palermo, in Sicily), cudduruni (another Sicilian version), and panzerotti (yet another Sicilian style, deep-fried).

What's known as a stromboli is also a "stuffed" pizza, designed for hand-held eating, but shaped like a jelly roll. A sfincione, on the other hand, has the fillings and sauce baked into the dough itself, no need to cut, fold, roll or dip.

Learned something new today? Good. Let's move onto a map of few Seattle pizzerias that extend their range to traditional calzones.


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Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

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No complications here: meatball, sausage, or vegetarian calzones, served with a cup of marinara dipping sauce.

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Via Tribunali

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Two versions with sausage, plus a house special that adds mushrooms.

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Piecora's Pizzeria

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Il Fornaio

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Seattle outpost of this chain features a calzone with mozzarella, ricotta, mushrooms, ham, and tomato sauce.

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La Vita e Bella

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A traditional vegetarian and sausage calzone are on the menu alongside the standard repertoire of pizzas. Also, stromboli.

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Bambinos Pizzeria

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No fewer than eight variations on the traditional mozzarella and tomato sauce calzone.

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Pazzo's on Eastlake

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Nine calzones, including the Vatican with Genoa salami and spicy pepperoni are offered. To even out the carbs, each comes with a salad.

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Belltown Pizza

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Meat, veggie, and build-your-own calzones and stromboli, open till 2 a.m.

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Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

No complications here: meatball, sausage, or vegetarian calzones, served with a cup of marinara dipping sauce.

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Via Tribunali

Two versions with sausage, plus a house special that adds mushrooms.

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Piecora's Pizzeria

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Il Fornaio

Seattle outpost of this chain features a calzone with mozzarella, ricotta, mushrooms, ham, and tomato sauce.

[Photo Credit Graham E./Yelp]

La Vita e Bella

A traditional vegetarian and sausage calzone are on the menu alongside the standard repertoire of pizzas. Also, stromboli.

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Bambinos Pizzeria

No fewer than eight variations on the traditional mozzarella and tomato sauce calzone.

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Pazzo's on Eastlake

Nine calzones, including the Vatican with Genoa salami and spicy pepperoni are offered. To even out the carbs, each comes with a salad.

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Belltown Pizza

Meat, veggie, and build-your-own calzones and stromboli, open till 2 a.m.

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