After successfully overseeing popular restaurants in the DC area, Jacques Nawar moved west, settling down in Seattle to open up a pizza shop––but not just any pizza shop. Everything at Pizzeria Credo bursts at the seams with a rustic Italian sensibilities. Warm, brassy light cascades upon diners as they bite into crisp, bubbly slices of pizza fresh from the Stefano Ferrar. This Neapolitan-made, wood-fired oven is outfitted with a plate of authenticity and protected by magic words known only to professional pizzaioli. The pizza menu is composed of colorful combinations of toppings, such as the tricolor margherita with creamy mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes or the zesty puttanesca with anchovy, capers, and hot pepper. But there is more to the restaurant's modus operandi than just pies. Guests break toasted bread over bowls of white-wine-steamed mussels and clams, or whet their appetites with salads made from local organic greens and roasted beets.
Plucking a wealth of ingredients from local vendors, the culinary team at Highstrike Grill puts together pub and comfort food classics almost entirely from scratch. Cilantro-lime, sweet-potato fries accompany hand-cut Angus ribeyes with creamy, bleu-cheese chive butter. Finally breaking the lunch-dinner stranglehold on the American classic, Highstrike Grill unapologetically serves the breakfast burger?a half-pound of Angus beef topped with sliced ham, an over-hard egg, and hollandaise mayo.
Along with breakfast-inspired mains, the cooks take to the grill to whip up breakfast every weekend with creative entrees like Belgian waffles with bacon cooked into the center. Steamy cups of Torrefazione Italia Coffee can complement those a.m. feasts, while bartenders can pair dinners with local and domestic beer and wine.
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.
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.
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.
If you have trouble choosing amongst Proletariat Pizza’s carefully made pies, look no further than “the favorite.” Tomato sauce sets a tangy base for mozzarella cheese, Mama Lil’s peppers, and fresh chopped garlic. Then, a house-made italian sausage tops it all off, giving the pie a light and spicy zest to balance the flavors and adding a meaty texture to each bite. Each wholesome pie here, from the simple yet flavorful pepperoni pizza to the ham and egg pizza––with prosciutto or coppa, soft egg, cheese, and sauce––is baked with quality ingredients and taught to always keep its crust tucked in. To round out its menu, Proletariat also serves salads and desserts, including homemade tiramisu, a layered treat of espresso-soaked lady fingers topped with mascarpone cream and dusted with chocolate.