In addition to serving up slices at four brick-and-mortar locations, Mad Pizza delivers its meat- and veggie-laden pies throughout Seattle. From store to store, the menu of each restaurant shares madness-themed entree names, such as the Mad pepperoni, the Maditerranean pizza—which hoists pesto, salami, and capers—and the Mad Scientist pizza, baked over a bunsen burner. They also prepare succulent Chicago–style italian beef sandwiches and meatball subs.
At Bison Creek Pizza & Pub, the past meets the present in both food and décor. Located inside the historic Burien Theatre, the pizzeria serves its gourmet pies from a modern kitchen, but it pours mixed drinks from the theater's original saloon-like bar. A stage has replaced the screen, and free live shows blare music across the expansive room regularly. Bison Creek's menu exemplifies the same juxtaposition of tradition and change, boasting specialty pizzas that it's served since opening in 1975, now with modern twists such as gluten-free crusts, soy cheese, and invisible slices.
Customers can build their own pizza, but the pub is known for its gourmet options such as the 6th Gear—a pizza piled high with chicken, bacon, and artichoke hearts simmering garlic cream sauce with onions and garlic. The menu has expanded as well. Grinder sandwiches filled with tender pulled pork or heaps of salami, bacon, and pepperoni come with a pile of fries, and the kitchen produces pasta dinners with homemade sauces such marinara, alfredo, or pesto cream.
Housed in a former bakery, this husband-and-wife pizza palace invites diners to kick back while the pies crisp and the staff zigzags around the room like a fleet of choreographed Roombas. Each circle of dough is hand mixed and flattened into a thin, flakey, fitting throne for each fresh topping. Creations are 18 inches in diameter and range from classic to creative like the ham and egg pie with prosciutto, soft yolks, mozzarella, and homemade tomato sauce ($18). The aptly named vegetarian combines sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and goat cheese ($18) for a meatless masterpiece. The Favorite is rumored to cure cooties with its toothsome Italian sausage, fragrant garlic, and Mama Lil's hot peppers ($18).
Winner of West Seattle Blog's Pizza Taste Test in 2008, Giannoni's Pizza packs a plethora of scratch-made East Coast–style pies into a menu of fresh Italian fare. Build a tasty but ineffective bomb shelter out of breadsticks with marinara and cheese insulation ($5.99), or tooth-trek the tollbooth sandwich ($9.99), which treats travelers to a chicken- and mozzarella-mottled savory. Patrons strictly in it for the pie can palm a slice rife with regular toppings ($4.19 for 3–5 toppings), such as pepperoni, mushrooms, canadian bacon, and anchovies. Those with particularly Italian tastes and a penchant for triangles can dive into a doughy isosceles with deluxe toppings ($4.39 for 3–5 toppings), including salami, feta, goat cheese, and tastes of victory.