My brother, my cousin and I (Italians all) opened Pagliacci Pizza on the "Ave" in the University District in 1979. It didn't have a cash register or a safe. It would be more than a year before we would get around to putting up a sign. It was not a very business-like business. We just wanted a place where we could get good pizza. It was as simple as that. The place did make good pizza, just as we knew it would. It became popular, just as we had hoped. It even made a profit and that was nice. If that is all that had happened, it wouldn't be much of a story. What surprised us was how much people cared. Pagliacci became this odd place where the customers and the employees lobbied incessantly on behalf of what they said was the "soul" or the "personality" of the place. We had never experienced anything like it. I became curious and started spending my lunch hours there. Then, my evenings. Then weekends. I got caught up in whatever it was that was affecting the customers and the crew. I learned I loved the place. I loved working with the employees and serving the customers. I too got in touch with the soul and personality of the place. That's when I realized that I really wanted to quit my job and work at Pagliacci. Then and now, many of the really good things about Pagliacci Pizza have come from the customers and the employees.
Dorene Centioli-McTigue, Founder
“Working with local seasonal foods everyday inspires us to look after our environment. We actively seek fresh ways to use less and use wisely whether it’s composting boxes and food waste, saving water and energy, or doing our part to bring ’green’ power to the Pacific Northwest from local utilities.” - Matt Galvin, co-owner
We've been committed to growing greener since 2006 and were one of the first restaurants to work with Cedar Grove Composting and the local public utilities departments to help develop their commercial composting program. I guess you could say that we were one of their guinea pigs. We have extended our kitchen composting practices to our dining rooms. One of our goals is to make sure that all of our food containers and packaging are either recyclable or compostable. We are happy to say we are almost there.
In addition to our composting and recycling practices as well as our commitment to deliver only compostable or recyclable items, we have purchased green power from both Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy since 2006. Both of these local utilities draw renewable energy from resources located right here in the Pacific Northwest. Key sources are Washington State dams, the Stateline Wind Project and Hanford Solar Facility.
We also use several Green Seal certified cleaning chemicals and are currently working on receiving LEED certification for our newest delivery kitchen in Madison Park.
Our previous box design focused on what goes into making our pizzas. Our newest design focuses the lifecycle of our box from the forests we get our wood to local composting.
It’s becoming more common to see an FSC logo on packaging, printed materials and wood. What does it mean? FSC certification tracks the wood fiber used in this pizza box to forests that are managed to the highest standards. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is an independent, non-profit group dedicated to responsible forest management. So when you see the FSC logo on a product, you are helping to ensure the future of the world’s forests.
50% of this box is made from wood fibers harvested from well-managed forests in the Pacific Northwest. The fiber sources are wood chips and sawdust left over from sawmills and the lumber industry.
Port Townsend Paper mixes the FSC-certified fiber with post- consumer materials recycled in the Puget Sound area to create pulp and paper. The mill’s responsible practices extend beyond the materials they use as they are supporting renewable energy sources and utilizing state of the art pollution control equipment.
Paper travels just over the border to Port Townsend Paper’s sister company Crown Packaging, where it is made into our corrugated pizza boxes. They use water-based inks to print our artwork on the box.
While our friends at Port Townsend Paper Mill and Crown Packaging work hard on creating our boxes, we focus on bringing you hand-tossed artisan pizza. Buon Appetito!
Recycle this box in your compost and yard waste container. Cedar Grove is our local composter for all of the food and yard waste in the area.