Seattle Pizza Tour

Who doesn’t love pizza? But finding the best pizza can be challenging, there are so many pizza places out there with different styles. Let’s be real though, all pizza is pretty good – but there are just some slices that are above average! We set out to find the best slice in Seattle! We went to 7 different pizza shops that serve up classic slices to find the best one. We ranked them on crust, cheese to sauce ratio, and taste. To even the playing field, we stuck with basic cheese slices. We also looked at their price per slice to see if it is really worth it! In addition to the 7 classic slices, we also tried 2 deep dish pizza spots – one offering up Chicago Style and the other Detroit Style.

ROCCO’S – Located in Belltown. This pizza is goals. It had a super crispy crust, but still soft and chewy! The cheese to sauce ratio was just right – enough cheese to be fully covered with a good layer but you still were able to taste the sauce. It was also delicious – it had enough flavor that all parts of the pizza could stand on its own. It was definitely the best tasting slice of the day. However, a slice of cheese will cost you $5.25, which is pretty steep considering how much pizza you get. But I will say it is definitely worth it it you’re willing to fork out just a little bit more money!

Overall Rating: 8.8/10

Rating Factoring in the Price: 8.1/10

BIG MARIO’S – multiple locations around Seattle, but we went to the Cap Hill location. These guys used to be one of my go-tos when i lived in the city and had late night pizza ~cravings~. They serve up giant NY style slices for a fair price. They have a crispy crust and a slightly spicy/peppery sauce. We did think it could use a bit more cheese because there were some pockets that were sauce heavy. A slice of cheese is $4.25, which is pretty reasonable considering the amount of pizza you are getting!

Overall Rating: 8/10

Rating Factoring in Price: 8.5/10

TALARICO’S – located in West Seattle and Fremont. When we first ordered and saw the price we were astonished and very skeptical…the pizza better be real good for $7.70 per slice! But when we got the slice, we realized why. These are massive slices – 14 inches to be exact. Definitely a big enough slice for two people to share. The crust was crispy and it had a great flavor! We did think that it could use a bit more sauce though!

Overall Rating: 7.7/10

Rating Factoring in Price: 7.9/10

ZEEK’S – multiple locations around Seattle! So we found out the hard way that Zeek’s does not offer single slices on the weekends. So instead we opted for a personal size cheese pizza so we could still test them out! This place uses local, organic ingredients so you can tell the difference in the taste. The cheese had a delicious flavor, probably the best tasting cheese of the bunch! Overall it was a pretty solid pizza – the crust was not as crispy as some of the other ones we had though. A slice of cheese is $4.50 – this personal pizza was around $12.50.

Overall Rating: 7.1/10

Rating Factoring in Price: 6.75/10

IAN’S – located in Cap Hill. This place is serving up a decent slice – the crust was one of the best so we gave it really high marks there! But overall it could have used more cheese. The flavor was decent – it wasn’t the best we had but also wasn’t the worst, it was just in the middle. The sauce was good on its own – so if you’re looking for a more saucy pizza, this is the one for you!

Overall rating: 7/10

Rating Factoring in Price: 7/10

HOT MAMA’S – located in Cap Hill. These guys are known for their cheap, late night slices. The crust was slightly doughy, but it might be because they pile on the cheese – so maybe if they cooked it just a bit longer it would rank a little higher. This was a great cheesy, gooey slice but besides the cheese, there wasn’t much flavor. The sauce was a bit bland. A slice of cheese will cost you $3.30, which made it the one of the cheaper slices of the day. So if you’re looking for a cheaper option but still have some flavor, this spot has you covered. I have tried some of their other slices and I will say their pesto slice is definitely a great one – so maybe stick to the more unique slices at this spot!

Overall Rating: 6.6/10

Rating Factoring in Price: 7.4/10

PAGLIACCI – multiple locations around Seattle. If you live in Seattle, you have probably heard of Pagliacci. I’m sure my rating below will be an unpopular opinion, but this place just didn’t have it. The best thing about them was their crust and they did a good job with the cheese to sauce ratio. But the flavor just wasn’t there. It was bland and you really couldn’t distinguish it from a frozen pizza. We tried bites of the sauce and the cheese on its own to see if we could figure out what was missing, almost like the sauce just needed some more salt and seasonings. This slice was the cheapest of the day at $3 for a slice of cheese. So I guess if you really want to save some money then grab a slice here, otherwise I would recommend one of the other spots!

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Rating factoring in Price: 6.75/10

MOTO – located in West Seattle. This is a new spot serving up Detroit Style Deep Dish pizza! We knew we had to check it out, even if they don’t serve slices! We ordered the Mr. Pig because it had some unique ingredients. The crust was delicious – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They only offer whole pies – and this one was $19, which is pretty reasonable considering the toppings and amount of food you get! Definitely rivals those in Detroit – they’ve definitely nailed it!

Overall Rating: 8.3/10

Rating Factoring in Price: 8.25/10

WINDY CITY PIE – located in Phinney Ridge. This place serves up Chicago Deep Dish style pizza. This place you can also only buy a whole pie. We ordered the Meatza at $26.50. You definitely get a lot of food for the price – this pizza weighed between 8-10lbs. However, it was pretty doughy. Yes deep dish will have more dough/crust, but this wasn’t crispy except for the top edges where the cheese was. The flavor was pretty good and had a great sauce. We also thought this could use more cheese – you just really didn’t get a cheese flavor at all. We heated this up the next day in a toaster oven and honestly it was better than when it was fresh – it crisped the crust up a bit which helped but you could see, there was only a very thin layer of cheese. If you love Chicago Deep Dish then check them out, but otherwise I would skip it!

Overall Rating: 6.4/10

Rating Factoring in Price: 6.9/10

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