Wallingford Pizza House

Finally checked out the Wallingford Pizza House on a recent Sunday evening, and now I’m wondering why it took me so long to swing by.

The Wallingford Pizza House is proud to be Seattle’s only classic Chicago Style Pizza House. They’re located in a cute little old house (circa 1913) on 45th street, right between the two Guild 45th Theaters.  Our waiter was friendly and attentive while also being laid back in a really comfortable sort of way.  No hovering, no overly anxious “will you tip me now?” service.  Just a competent and helpful guy who wanted to serve good food, and maybe a beer.

The pizza house makes calzones, grinders, pasta, starters, and pizza (duh!) including a “dome” pizza — a made-to-order pie baked upside down & flipped tableside onto a serving plate.   The dough has a nice texture and ours was cooked exactly right all the way through.  Add some lightly seasoned sauce, “mozza” cheese, your favorite toppings, and you’ve got a winner on your plate that lacks the greasy feel of  inferior pies.

While the food is certainly good, the ambiance is even better.  Warm colors, hardwood floors, soft lighting that’s just right, and music at the perfect volume for having a quiet conversation with a dinner companion.   Be sure to catch the unobtrusive flat screen TV during game times if you are in the mood for wings and a beer without the raucous bar crowds.

The Wallingford Pizza House is easy on the budget, plus they’ve got coupons online.  Their website claims your dinner experience will “seriously improve your lifestyle.”  I totally agree.  Mangia!

Now, how about a quick poll. Click below to vote for your favorite pizza in Wallingford:

  1. Laura said,

    Massive fail. Coupons are expired.

    Wed, January 13 at 10:01 am
  2. Kerrizor said,

    I’m a WPH fan, but my default delivery choice is Pudge – it reminds me of the pizza I grew up with. Tutta Bella is nice, but the acoustics are horrible (especially since its so family friendly) and I’ve gotten really crappy service there on multiple occasions, so its not a first-choice :(

    …is Northlake Pizza Tavern technically in Wallingford or the U-District? I’m fuzzy on the border down there.

    Wed, January 13 at 11:05 am
  3. jacqui said,

    Bonus: you can get the same Wallingford Pizza House pizza tp throw in the oven at home from QFC and sometimes Fred Meyer. It’s branded My Brother’s Pizza, which is what Wallingford Pizza House was called when we first moved here. I forget exactly what happened, but I believe some biz partners parted ways. But it’s definitely the same. Although nothing beats a fresh dome. :-)

    Wed, January 13 at 11:14 am
  4. iyqtoo said,

    WPH is far and away our eat-in favorite! Great pizza & salads, always friendly service. Love the food at Tutta Bella, can’t stand the noise. Used to call Pudge Bros all the time, but food & delivery haven’t been dependable over the years so we don’t use them any more. Pagliacci has great food, but they are EXPENSIVE!

    Wed, January 13 at 11:48 am
  5. Ffej said,

    We have a simple formula: Take-out: Pagliacci’s; Dine out: Wallingford Pizza House.

    As both places have distinctly different pizza styles, the diversity is an added bonus.

    Wed, January 13 at 1:01 pm
  6. Kerrizor said,

    Is there a Pagliacci pie that I should try? ..because I have a slice every few months and I always feel like I’m missing something (and I swear its not east coast pizza snobbery, honest!) Is there one thing that they do that stands out, or one quality of their pizza that I should think “Oh, they got this part right! yay!” as I’m eating it?

    Wed, January 13 at 1:57 pm
  7. Rob said,

    Kerrizor–I don’t think you’re missing anything. I don’t get it either. I mean it’s not bad pizza, but it’s nothing special. Especially not at their prices.

    I also like Tutta Bella, but hate the noise and crowdiness. It’s much better at lunchtime. Also you can get it to go.

    Wed, January 13 at 2:19 pm
  8. Bill said,

    Pagliacci is my favorite for delivery…though I agree they are very overpriced. Seems like any food worth eating in Seattle is overpriced IMO.

    I’d bet WPH would still honor the coupons from their website. I’ve used the coupon anytime I’ve ordered a pizza to go from there. WPH makes a good deep dish, but I have to say I prefer Deflino’s at UVillage. (but not in Wallingford.)

    I’ve tried Tutta Bella a couple times for take out and it was good. I can’t imagine eating there given the screaming kids factor.

    Wed, January 13 at 3:45 pm
  9. Jessica said,

    Tutta Bella is great for dining out with kids, but it is horrible for take out. The pizza there has no heat capacity.

    I love Olympia Pizza. They have coupons on their website they honor even though the expiration is 2008.

    Wed, January 13 at 4:51 pm
  10. Sally said,

    Although it is in Fremont, “Kylie’s” is a Chicago Style Pizza place that opened a couple of months ago. It is just around the corner from Dad Watson’s, and it is GREAT pizza.

    Wed, January 13 at 10:16 pm
  11. Chris W. said,

    @Kerrizor. I found a Wallingford neighborhood map you can access here: http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~public/nmaps/html/NN-1130S.htm

    Thu, January 14 at 1:43 pm
  12. jorish maccain said,

    Thank YOu for posting this helpful Information. I like it. just keep on posting. :)

    Sun, June 13 at 9:36 pm
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