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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Daily 11:00am–11:00pm

Features Veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


316 Virginia St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 838-7388
Serious Pie
We’re seriously surprised at how good this Tom Douglas pizzeria is

Serious Pie looks like an upscale brewpub, which we think is exactly what it should look like. The oblong pies in question, which are as serious as a heart attack (sorry, we couldn’t resist), are baked in a stone oven that’s fired by applewood. The crust is chewier and more reminiscent of rustic bread than what you’ll find at other Italian-style pizza places around town, but it’s also crispier, with less char. All in all, this is a very toothsome crust with more substance than you get from the competing limp-pie genre. Seasonal vegetables like chanterelles, Yukon gold potatoes, and squash provide some interesting toppings, but it’s the pizzas that are consistently the best are guanciale; arugula and soft egg; and Penn Cove clams, pancetta, and lemon. The latter is like a terrific bowl of clam chowder, except that instead of some sad heel of bread, you have an entire pizza for dipping.

You can buy a bottle of wine or six pack with a to-go order, which is a nice touch and makes Serious Pie feel more like a neighborhood joint than just a Tom Douglas cash cow. Conversely, the ridiculous mark-ups on the wine list make you feel like you’re in a big, overpriced restaurant.

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