At the edge of Alki Beach, Pegasus Pizza and Pasta sits surrounded by scores of volleyball players, bicyclists, and sand-castle architects. While taking in the bustling activity and the view of the Puget Sound, diners can enjoy specialties such as the signature Pegasus pizza, piled high with canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, and green peppers. Pegasus’s chefs also toss fresh caesar salads and craft pasta dishes, such as the rosemary-chicken ravioli. For lunch, Pegasus offers toasted submarine sandwiches, ideal for munching on while trying to scope out a shark to fight.
Phoenecia hugs the sandy expanse of Alki Beach, promising diners breathtaking views with their dinner. Their proximity to the sea might explain why the chefs avoid unsustainable seafood and refuse to serve anything on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “avoid” list. Luckily, that list doesn’t include Phoenecia’s renowned pizzas.
Tucked in an old West Seattle neighborhood along the shores of Beach Drive, La Rustica unapologetically announces its romantic approach to food at the front door. Set in an old white corner house surrounded by flowers, vines and garden statuary, this Italian standby appeals to groups hoping to share heaping plates of pasta and duets dividing mix-and-match plates of antipasto, olive-oil cured salmon bruschetta and fresh salads. Hearty housemade entrées like gnocchi with roasted lamb make for a serious meal, while shareable vegetarian risottos and noodle dishes are perfect for a coursed-out dining experience. Enjoy the extensive wine list, back room bar or leafy patio with that special someone, while sharing cioppino seafood stew or braised wild boar in orange zest. Let the views of the nearby waterway make for the perfect dessert.
Spiro’s serves up a decidedly Italian menu focused on pizza and pasta, but gives plenty of winks and nods to the neighboring cuisine of Greece in the process. With Mediterranean pizza toppings such as shrimp, feta, artichoke hearts and Greek olives on offer alongside the usual pepperoni and sausage, the restaurant’s pies are available for sit down dining or as a takeout option. Pastas, calzones and hearty salads – including a traditional Greek salad – round out a menu that’s topped off with tiramisu and double chocolate fudge cake. Spiro’s comfortable corner setting in West Seattle is easily accessible for diners of all ages, with the telltale Spiro’s red neon sign pointing the way to the small eatery’s entrance. If you can’t find a seat here, take away is always an option, as are the two other Seattle-area Spiro’s locations across town.