Ridge Pizza seems to have two types of customers: the regulars and the soon-to-be regulars. It’s not hard to see why: the Phinney Ridge pizzeria is perhaps the friendliest place in the city to shake off the Seattle freeze.
The pizzas are named after next-door-neighbor businesses: the pepperoni after the True Value hardware store, the combo after Ken’s Market grocery store, a vegetarian pie after Woodland Park Zoo (meats would just be awkward), the turkey meatball after the now-closed Santoro’s bookstore.
There are also the charity-case pizzas, which raise money for local organizations — the Greenwood Elementary PTA (a pizza created by fifth-grader Elise Gerke), the Firefighter and a mac-and-cheese pizza for the beloved Phinney Neighborhood Association.
The menu: You’ll see all the regular pies, plus some fun riffs: chicken breast and Gorgonzola (Two Birds, $19 for 12-inch, $28 for 18-inch) or red potatoes, bacon and truffle oil (Oliver’s Twist, $19/$28). With three veggie pies on the menu, plus the option to build your own, vegetarians should be well satiated.
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Stop by on Seahawks game day and you might luck out with the Kick it, Pete! calzone ($12) or the Blitz! breakfast pizza ($19/$29), which feature both American and Canadian bacon, for North American solidarity.
Sandwiches include the vegetarian Farmer’s Market (eggplant, artichoke hearts and mushrooms), Prost! (ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and greens), and a baked French dip with au jus (all $11).
What to write home about: The pizzas are not greasy. Can we say that again, louder this time? They are not greasy!
The setting: A neighborhood pizza joint that moonlights as a sports bar, while offering all the family friendliness of shared tables and a shuffleboard setup out back.
Summing up: A dip sandwich ($11, plus $2.50 to substitute chips for a house salad) and a 12-inch pizza ($19) came to $35.59 after tax, and fed two with leftovers.
Katrina Barlow: firstname.lastname@example.org