By - usedxtampon
I’m still pretty new here (been here one year as of July 17), so I’m still open to suggestions, but when my friend came to visit, she randomly picked Abella because she wanted pizza and it looked good, and I loved it. My wife and I order it weekly now. Maybe it’s because of our location, but it usually gets here pretty quick, almost always faster than the time they quote. Always hot and delicious, never made a mistake on our order. The thin crust is really good too, if you’re ever in a mood for it. They even cut our thin crust into squares when we were missing home (thin crust square cut pizza is a Milwaukee thing). I’ll recommend them to anybody, but now I’m also curious about Bar Rosa and Salamones.
"thin crust square cut pizza is a Milwaukee thing"
Also a lesser known Chicago style. Makes sense since the cities aren't far from each other. My favorite kind of pizza!
Been there twice and was seriously underwhelmed both times, to the extent that I didn't even remember the first visit until I went the second time for what I thought was the first time and then remembered the place. Imo Salamone's is head and shoulders above Abella.
Yeah but St Louis style has Provel on it which is horrible, so automatic disqualification. Milwaukee style rules, hands down.
Mozzarella, like normal pizza lol
Love their calzones!
Calzones are awesome, but I usually get their Buffalo Chicken pizza. Everyone once in awhile we will get some cannoli
We love Wicked Pie wood fired pizza in Puyallup, if that’s a style you’re into.
I'll have to try that. I've been eating **Fat Zach's** (it just opened a location in South Hill right near my place) and it's also wood fired.
Bar Rosa in Hilltop 100%. In addition to classic pizza toppings, they also have pretty unique options (nettle pesto, spring asparagus) as well as rotating seasonal pizzas. Additionally, they have the best pizza dough I’ve ever tasted.
We moved here in 2019. Pizza has improved tremendously since then, especially if you like Neapolitan style as we do. Bar Rosa, E9 and State Street Beer Co all sling a mean pie.
These are our 3 favorite go tos in the area!
Sig has some killer pizza too.
I wish their service and prices were a little better. Service is hit or miss - we had one good experience and then a bad experience (wrong pizzas made, server was pretty awful, charged for food we didn’t receive), then two meh experiences.
I’m sorry to hear that. The times that I have gone, their staff has been great. I know of a couple small businesses in town who have gone through phases of ‘bad service’… I’m thinking it might have something to do with staffing shortages. With that said, who knows!
Weird question on their pizzas. Are the pizzas supposed to be extra floppy? Like you can't eat it unless you have a fork or cold the middle over the crust just to be able to eat it? I've eaten quite a bit of pizza in my time from various restaurants and had to give them pretty low marks for making a pizza with innards that was basically barely done. It was unable to be eaten unless you flopped over the ingredients on to the crust. That alone will make me need someone to vouch that they can do better. Can anyone say this is true for their pizzas in general?. Sorry. Don't mean to sound abrupt.
When I end up with floppy pizza but otherwise good, next time I order well done.
Tipsy Tomato near Cheney Stadium in Tacoma's Oakland neighborhood. Trust me. Native Tacoman for 6 decades. Pies are small but the best sourdough thin crust recipe ever, and an astonishing assortment of unusual toppings and sauces, as well as all the standard stuff. Sooo good! 🤤😛✔️
I've been wondering about that place. I need to try it.
Salamones in Tacoma is delicious New York style pizza
Just saw a story that a\\they are adding a second location in UP, that will be more full dining.
Where in up?
By the slice!
Half my family is from NYC so I feel qualified to say Salamones is not at all NY style. They’re decent though
I’ve been to NY as well, and I’ll concur it’s not the same but it’s as close as you’ll get around here
I feel like their dough is too doughy and the sauce tastes like pasta sauce not pizza sauce
Salamones is the best pizza I have ever had.
Salamone's used to be amazing. Now, not so much. Stingy with ingredients, sometimes not putting toppings on that were ordered, and mentioning those things pisses off the owner.
Camp Colvos scratches the NY pizza itch for the moment!
Never heard of camp colvos, I’ll check it out! I always just grab a slice at salamones, never had a bad experience
Camp Colvos for the win. We just polished off a Linda Lee pie. OMG. The structure of the crust is a sight to behold. Whole milk mozzarella. Fresh veggies. San Marzano sauce.
Eat it last, and you will forget all about Salamone, Sammy, and PSP. I will never understand the popularity of the S, S, and PSP. Sammy's is literally the only pizza I have ever taken three bites of and thrown the whole pie in the trash. PSP is all FSA. And the guy that runs that soggy Salamone has no business in a customer service business. And his pizza is soggy. I said it twice.
PSP is so insanely overrated in my opinion, and so is Farelli’s
Oh, don't you even get me started on Farelli's. I don't think that's actually pizza FFS. You know when PSP was good? About twenty years ago, when it was literally the only indy pizza in town, beside the long past it's glory days, Cloverleaf.
The trick.. PSP used to be amazing years ago. Way overrated now. Farelli's is all about location and luck. So yes, fully agreed. I had one good Farelli's pizza closer to spanaway and it was probably the best I'd had from them a couple months ago. PSP far end of Tacoma is hot garbage. Just my opinion.
I’m about to get some camp Colvos and see what’s up. Because Sammy’s is my favorite pizza spot and I tend to be pretty hard on pizzas. So either we have totally different tastes or Camp Colvos is so much better I dunno what pizza is.
Edit: got a pizza from Salamone's this week. They have gotten real stingy with toppings. Like real NYC pizza these days. Sic semper vilis.
Camp Colvos is still really good and is now my #1.
Just saw a picture of the Linda lee pizza and damn that looks great.
What does FSA mean?
Food Services of America.
Almost every pizzeria and restaurant either uses FSA, US foods or Sysco. Not sure why this poster is bringing this up. I have a hard time believing they locally source all their ingredients.
Some don't use frozen dough balls straight off the truck like PSP though, which is likely what they're pointing out.
You are correct.
Ok, dough is easy to make.
There's a difference between a 40 pound bag of Neapolitan flour and a frozen dough ball. Also between canned San Marzano's and a number 40 tin of "sauce". Pre-shredded skim mozz or whole milk mozz freshly grated? Your choice.
Correct, but nthat's not what the poster implied. They acted like getting food from FSA/US foods, etc was some awful thing. When in fact they are talking about specific ingredients. As I said, I doubt any pizzeria is getting all it's ingredients from locally sourced options. Would be very difficult, probably more expensive and less reliable.
Camp Colvos pizza used to be better. Now the pizza is too thin, too greasy and overpriced. I just make my own at home, so much better haha
Agree on Colvos but I’m not with the Salamone’s or Sammy slander. PSP… used to like it when there wasn’t much else aside from Pizza Time around her; but I’m pretty aligned with you on the sentiment these days. I’ve had a few friends from New York and New Jersey say Salamone’s is our most authentic NY style pizza. Tried Colvos at the same time. And Sammy’s beer crust tastes amazing! If they’re the only pizza you’ve thrown out I have to assume you’ve also tried Little Caesar’s before and didn’t throw it out? So maybe a little extra emphasis on the Sammy’s? Maybe they had an off day. Same with Salamone’s. I’ve never had a soggy slice from there although I have heard some interesting things about the owner. It’s all subjective of course, and your hyping up of the Linda Lee has me thinking about changing what’s for dinner tonight! I’ve only had their slices and have yet to get a pie so I appreciate the suggestion.
I understand Sammy's appeal as a local neighborhood hangout spot, but their pizza was...OK. Salamone's used to be consistently excellent; now, not so much. Colvos was pretty damn good.
I know this isn’t the area you asked for, but if you ever find yourself in Renton go to a pizza parlor called Shakey’s! I make a drive there once a week since it’s 35 minutes away and I can’t go as often, lol. They have good potato mojos also.
Shakeys, lol makes me think of South Park when cartman clones a Shakeys pizza with stem cells. I don't know if it's a chain pizza place or not, but I will check it out if I'm in the area, Renton ain't too terribly far.
It *was* a chain. This is probably one of the last ones left. Think red and white checkered table cloth, stained glass overhead lamps and red plastic cups.
I grew up on it, but I don’t think I’d ever call it great.
On the subject of their Mojos; the Spudder Chips at Spud’s pizza are like crack to me. I like their pizza too, but as above, not something I’d call great.
And the birthday pizza on a frisbee....in Tacoma it was where the Loose Wheel on 6th Ave is now
Chi-town pizza is a new spot that looks promising. Small business so I think they can use the love once they open!
I'm dyinnnnng for this spot to open up. Supposedly they're also going to have Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beef!
Same I’m so excited. I think they bought some of my old restaurants shelves by some of the posts. I’m pumped for them and hope they draw a good crowd
Are you from Chicago?
No but my dad is from Boston and had to travel to Chicago a lot for work so I was fortunate to get to eat there many times.
I used to manage a small deli in Tacoma and the ownership changed. The racks we had aren’t really sold anymore and I noticed the same style in their pictures. So I’m hopeful some of our good juju moves on to them. I know a lot of the stuff my former owner put on auction was at a steep discount because she just needed the stuff gone.
Ah, gotcha! I have been out here in the PNW a while and I love it... but man do I miss the food in Chicago! I still have a lot of family and friends there so anytime I go back, my trips are planned around when and where I'm eating. 😂
That's awesome to see the pieces put to good use. I hope they work well for ChiTown Pizza, and that their endeavor is a success!
Give Johnny MO’s up
In Seattle a try for a deep dish. It’s a bit of a drive but worth it. Sorry I know it’s not a Tacoma answer…
Same and I hope you find all new types of food you love here too. I’m like that in SoCal and in Utah.
If you’re not already apart of it. On Facebook grub and chill is a good food group that helps promote local spots. PNW foodies is also a good one.
Wait. What? Italian beef?
I have to make my own I learned from an Italian because no one knows about Italian beef Sammy's in the PNW! I'd give a lot for an Italian beef sammy I don't have to spend 6 hours making.
If we could only get a Portillo's here...
But yes, according to TNT they'll have Italian Beef!
I have nothing to compare it to, but JJ Chicken and Fish in Lakewood has a tasty, if sloppy, Italian beef. The owner says he imports his ingredients from the Midwest. Also, it’s the only place I’ve found that sells whole wings instead of drums and flats. They are usually enormous, but seem to have been getting smaller (supply chain?). And they have scratch made banana pudding.
>if sloppy, Italian beef.
Italian beef is a wet sandwich. Think like a French dip but the sauce is in the beef and bread. So if it is sloppy they are probably doing it right :)
Ok I am getting JJ's asap. Thank you for the tip!
I love Salamones in stadium district
Salamone’s in the Stadium district and they are opening a second location in UP. I am from the East coast and their pizza is New York style best I’ve had on this coast , great crust and you can buy it by the slice if you want.
Tacoma pie, Bar Rosa, Wooden City. It looks like Half Pint is about to reopen on 6th and I’d throw them in the same bucket as Hank’s… pizza could be better but there’s something to be said for (relatively) cheap and comfy, and they both fit the bill as long as your not there on a weekend or Seahawks/Sounders game day.
I’d say those top three in Tacoma are in the top 10 for Washington pizza so that’s saying something, if you’re a pizza aficionado I can’t recommend a trip down to PDX enough.
I had to scroll way too far to see Wooden City. Hands down my favorite. I love wood fired pizza. Wicked pie in puyallup is a close second.
Abella Pizzeria by UW in downtown Tacoma is pretty good.
I LOVE Abela, just had them last night! They make good sandwiches too and those brownies are to die for
Abella is our #1 for delivery. Not sure that it's NY or Chicago style thought. Seems pretty PNW style to me.
I also like the Detroit style of Tacoma pie.
Eating out, I usually go for Neapolitan style. Sig is my favorite.
That crust looks nice and thick. Seems like I got some choices to make today.
No one mentioned Bar Rosa? Great taste, unique pies, cool vibe.
I love Bar Rosa!
Pepperoni from camp Colvos is so good, only pizza I order anymore.
If you're willing to drive an extra 30-45 minutes, Old School pizza in Olympia has the best NY style pizza.
Burned the ever loving fuck out of the roof of my mouth there one time and it was worth the blisters. Surprisingly awesome pizza.
OP, this is absolutely the answer. Best pizza I've ever had.
Salamone’s in Stadium district Tacoma. 5/5 🤌🏼
Also 👍👍👍 this, if you're looking for authentic NY-style pie
Gino’s pizza and pasta in NE Tacoma
Camp Colvos is amazing. Tacoma Pie just opened on 6th Ave and it's strictly deep-dish. Its awesome
Steph's Pizza near University Place is incredible. Still exploring the 'za options, though.
I used to love them, I's had a few bad experiences with them post COVID. Could just be a staffing thing, but it was sad to see them get so bad.
salamones in stadium district is probably the best pizza in town. it’s more new york style.
the cloverleaf also has pretty good pizza but it’s not like new york or chicago or anything. the cloverleaf is sorta an old tacoma standard. everyone in town should try it at least once.
Totally agree with this. Cloverleaf is not to everyone's taste, but it's unique and the crust CAN be fantastic, sort of like a thin but chewy but also crispy sourdough-ish number. I personally really like it.
i like it too! but definitely not for everyone. but i can totally get how someone who just wanted normal pizza could be surprised and disappointed in cloverleaf. still worth a shot though. it’s a tacoma classic lol
The Cloverleaf is oily garbage pizza, with burnt crust so hard and sharp that you might as well eat glass.
The Cloverleaf is typically only recommended by old people who have nostalgia for it back when it was one of the only pizza places in town; and by people who've never actually had a good pie.
SIG Brewing has great pizzas
My favorite probably. Good beer too.
Pizza Pizzazz. Technically in Lakewood but worth the drive.
Them pep pizza rolls though!! My favorite!
Just had some from here. it was alright. I had white sauce and honestly it tasted like chuck e cheese pizza..
Salamone's. Not just NYC pizza, but Brooklyn and by the slice.
Their crust has real New York texture and taste.
Salamone’s hand down.
Then New York pizza is overrated. Sal's is the beat in Stadium District maybe.
New York Pizza is New York Pizza.
If you like that flakey crispy cracker PNW pizza, then PNW pizza like that is gonna be your best.
Not at NY style. My family is from queens, I would know
They've changed. You're right. Hadn't been there in a couple of months. The pie I got a couple of days ago was...sad.
I don't know WTF happened but I'm bummed.
It's like what NYC pizza was becoming when I was there in 2019. They used to be better.
Tacoma Pie. Best pizza in town, hands down.
It’s Detroit Style. Everyone has their style preference. But if you like “deep dish” with a cheesy crust, you’ll love it.
Can't say I've ever heard of Detroit style pizza. But I am always down to give them a try!
The crust is the star in Detroit style. Very thick. And then around edges the cheese gets crispy. I remember someone described it a focaccia bread with toppings. Not sure I entirely agree, but gives you a feel for what you’re getting.
Also, local and family owned. They just opened up a new location on 6th and it’s going to be dope when they are done. They have an outdoor area and I think they’re going to to have bocce ball and stuff.
To be fair, it’s not cheap. But now a days, if it’s family owned and they use good ingredients, it’s going to cost. But one pie can feed 4 or last for leftovers.
Little Caesars deep dish is a Detroit style pizza - if you’ve had that of course
Ehhhh. Sure, Little Caesars headquarters is in Detroit. But that's about it for the connection.
That' like saying Taco Bell serves Mexican style tacos.
Downvotes.... and no explanation as to why? So we're all on board with saying Sbarro is Neapolitan pizza? Cool.
Reddit is funny like that.
Seconded. I’m a bit of a pizza snob; Tacoma Pie was very enjoyable as a ‘different’ type of pizza and I’d happily eat there again.
Think you were down voted by the owner bc otherwise who cares lmao
E9! Can’t believe it hasn’t been said. It’s not Bar Rosa, but it’s damn good.
Seems like a lot of people are split on salamones.
Salamones is good. Camp colvos is better. Haven’t tried Bar Rosa yet but need to!
I have never actually eaten here but I will say that I picked up a doordash delivery from this place and I have never in my life smelled any pizza that has ever smelled better than this place. I literally wanted to risk my dasher status to eat the delivery in an alley somewhere. it. Smelled. amazing.
The best pizza in the state is supposedly in Wilkeson. We went once but they were already sold out.
Used to live in Carbonado, can confirm its the best Neapolitan style pizza I've had outside of Italy.
2nd the Calrson Block in Wilkeson, kind of a drive and once they are sold out, they are out. Best Neapolitan style pizza I've had outside of Naples, Italy.
Camp Colvos! It’s so good!
Slice of life, colvos, bar Rosa, the rock, plus Sammy's for the delivery style
I have tried the rock here in South hill, it was extremely disappointing. Probably one of the worst pizzas I've ever had. Hardly any sauce, cheese or toppings on the pizza I got.
fair enough, had it the least of the ones mentioned but it was very good the couple times I had it during pandemic. If quality is down I'll avoid because its pricey. Slice of Life I get a good pizza for a Jackson so even though it doesn't have some subjective "real ny authentic certified" seal its usually a satisfying crust. Colvos is good, fairly similar to Salamones and Slice of Life, about 5/slice and good, expensive beer, has a balcony that makes it worth it
Sammy's I just like for delivery, its a specific craving. Jet City is trash!
Maybe I just went on a bad day and they were low on ingredients or something. I dunno, it was a sad pizza though. I'm definitely gonna try the others you mentioned though.
Fat Zach's is amazing. They just opened a new one on Meridian in South Hill (kitty corner to Safeway and Buffalo Wild Wings) and it's *delicious*. I think it's one of only 3 locations?
Trackside Pizza downtown puyallup. Farrelli’s Wood Fired Pizza multiple locations, all good. Fat Zach’s in Sumner.
Edit: Almost forgot Aversano’s in Sumner.
There's a Fat Zach's in puyallup now too!
Pizza pizzaz south tacoma way
Salamone's is what you want.
I'm sorry LDP, I gotta disagree this one time with you. Have you tried Camp Colvos or Bar Rosa yet? I'll buy you a slice, you decide :)
Shit if we're offering slices to people, I'll take one lol.
Haven't tried either/. It sounds like I better soon though :)
sign me up, I'm free tomorrow...
The pizza game out here is pretty weak in general but Salamones isn’t bad
Yeah I live in south hill, we have nothing up here. So I figured I'd try venturing into Tacoma.
Theres like 12 places between the hill and downtown. Have you tried all of them?
Worst pizza in town.
Nah, Unfortunately there’s no accounting for tastes. Tacoma basically has two types of pizza joints, high end gourmet wood fire pizza with artichokes and arugula toppings or fast food pizza, like Pizza Hut or Dominos. Old school Pizzeria joints are few and far between. Basically you have Cloverleaf, Hank’s, and Abella’s; that’s all I have found so far in my decade plus living out here. but hey I am always open for suggestions .
Katie Downs. No place even comes close to their Sicilian.
And the view and no kids…. Heaven
Clover Leaf..6th Ave
People always suggest this Clover Leaf place and every time I go to the website and snigger when i see a picture of what’s supposed to be ‘good pizza’:
Go there get yourself a pitcher and a pie and free popcorn. It'll bring a smile to your face..
The crust is somehow oily AND rock hard, with burnt, sharpened edges so you can season your pizza with the blood of your mouth and gums.
Clover leaf is excellent for a couple reasons. It's not Italian, New York, or Chicago style. It's more akin to what your parents might have made at home in your oven growing up. Which is also excellent.
Ummm... I'm sorry to tell you, but if your parents made Cloverleaf-style pizza for you as a kid, then they're monsters. I've had better pizza from a frozen box than what they pass for food.
Bar Rosa is hands down my fave pizza spot in Tacoma. I live right by the place and have had every pizza on the menu including this beauty they are serving. [https://imgur.com/a/WsPOEIn](https://imgur.com/a/WsPOEIn)
SPECIAL PIZZA: SUMMER BLOSSOM - squash blossoms, cilantro ricotta, lime Calabrian chili vinaigrette, summer corn, prosciutto$28
I also second E-9, fantastic pizza, my fave is the Radiator.
Maybe it's the way the picture was taken, but it looks like it's mostly crust with very little in the middle. Do they all look like that? Or is that just the way it looks at that angle?
It’s the angle, but this particular pie did have a bit more fluffy crust than most of their pies. I promise it’s good down to the last bite.
It was one of the more recommended places people here suggested, so I'll definitely try it out. I started with wicked pie last night in Puyallup since it was the closest to me, then I'll venture into Tacoma and try all these places!
Let us know how it goes, thank you!
Unfortunately there are no authentic chicago style pizza options at the moment which is INSANE to me. Talk about an untapped market, and such an obvious one at that. Whoever opens the first one in the area is bound to do well.
I made a post asking the same thing not too long ago and apparently one has been slated to open up in Spanaway sometime this fall, forget the name of it though off rip..
Yeah it blows my mind that there seem to be no Chicago style pizzerias anywhere. Some of the best tasting pizzas I've had were Chicago style. I'm definitely gonna keep an eye out for that place in Spanaway. I hope it does not disappoint. I'd imagine the pizzas will be pretty pricy considering the amount of dough and toppings they'll go through.
It’s Chi-Town Pizza, in Spanaway coming soon afaik
For you and u/usedxtampon... until ChiTown Pizza opens up, you might try Delfino's in the U district in Seattle. I'm from the Chicagoland area and while it's not perfect, it definitely hits the spot if it's been a while since I've been back to Illinois.
Now if we could just get a goddamn Portillo's. 😩
Puget Sound Pizza
I see a lot of people talking shit on PSP, but I love it 🤷🏽♂️
Would take it over salamones 9/10
Salamone’s, Sammy’s, and Puget Sound Pizza.
They all have canned sauce and skim mozz. Hard pass.
You think places are making sauce from real tomato's and not using canned sauces or as an enhancement? That would cost so much to make sauce for a busy place from scratch.
Who do you recommend for carry out?
PSP is $$$
Yeah and I may as well just get a DiGiorno. The pizza from the Costco food court is better than that
That meatball pizza is delicious.
Pizza choices are generally pretty weak here. Cerello's cheesy bread twists are unironically my favorite pizza related option. Pizza Time is a local chain, but I enjoy their crust. It's a fluffy, 90's delivery style.
We have Camp Colvos, Bar Rosa, Salamones and Tacoma Pie and wooden city… I think you should try those
If you want to head over to Gig Harbor, try Fondi Pizza. The Farrellis in Ruston is pretty good as well.
Neither are NY or Chicago style (guess I like wood fired better)
Zeek’s in the university district of Tacoma is amazing as well. It’s wood fired and you can get just about anything on it. Try the onion base with provolone cheese and tomatoes and broccoli. You won’t be disappointed.
Casa Mia in Puyallup has my all time favorite pizza. Potato, truffle and gorgonzola...
If you've never had fat zach's you are missing out! They have such interesting pizzaa and they are all delicious 😋
Trackside Pizza in Puyallup is pretty awesome
Thanks for all the answers! Guess I got quite a few places to try now.
Fat Zach’s No Big Dill! My favorite!
I really like E9's pizza. I have been going there for years for breakfast and dinner, but ordered their pizza on a whim and now it is my go to.
I don’t know that I’ve had NY or Chicago pizza-but in Puyallup my favorite spots are Fat Zach’s, Wicked Pie or Trackside. Just good local places imo, but I can’t say that I’m a big pizza expert! 😂
Cloverleaf, Zeeks, Katie Downs in that order
Question: what's the difference between NY style pizza and chains? There used to be a place in Lakewood that was advertised as NY style pizza but I didn't really see anything different from anything else I've eaten.
edit: with all that said I've probably never had NY style pizza if there is a significant difference.
Engine 9, especially the pizza that has no name 👌
I looked at their online menu, it looks very bare, and it didn't have a pizza that has no name, at least not for online ordering. Is it a better experience to just go in?
They might rotate through pizzas but I thought they had some really gourmet options and I had the no name just a few weeks ago I think 🤷🏼♂️