The 39th Seattle International Film Festival runs from May 16 through June 9, and as a proud supporting sponsor of the country’s largest film festival, we are extra excited about this year’s must-see line up. With 273 films – like Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and The Way, Way Back starring Steve Carell – we are going to get more than our fill over the next few weeks.
And, for all of you Twin Peaks and Portlandia fans, expect to spot Yakima native Kyle MacLachlan around town as he prepares to receive SIFF’s Outstanding Achievement in Acting award on June 3. Catch the screening of the Twin Peaks pilot following the awards ceremony.
Like a scientist in the lab, we love to experiment with new flavor combinations in our kitchen. However, we recognize that some of you are quite talented food engineers with a few ideas of your own. Is the Modernist Cuisine six volume set or abridged At Home version on your bookshelf? Do you enjoy testing and calculating new formulas of foodstuff? Do you always know what will make that restaurant dish taste a little better? More importantly, do you want a free pizza every week for a year? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions (or just the last one), you’ll want to enter our pizza recipe contest.
Two years ago, we asked all aspiring pizza researchers for the perfect pie and found a winner from over 750 entries. It was difficult, but we chose one fabulous formula of fodder created by Page Harader, which is now a seasonal pie currently being featured through May 28th – the Bacon Leek.
You don’t need an advanced degree in Molecular Gastronomy to enter. Select from our current pizza toppings or something you would like to see on our menu. The winning entry will be available as our featured combo for 3-4 weeks running with one of our seasonal pies. We will be taking entries through June 15, 2013. Put on your lab coat and enter to win on our website.
For those of you in search of pizza Shangri-La, your never-never land of brick-baked goodness, we’ll get you one step closer. Our Lake City Way and Bridle Trails locations are now serving slices everyday starting at 11AM. In celebration, they will be dishing up free slices on April 20th. That’s right!
F-R-E-E slices! This slice-topia is only available when you visit Lake City Way (8024 15th Ave. NE, Seattle) or Bridle Trails (13005 NE 70th Pl., Kirkland) from 11AM to 4PM this Saturday.
Even after the free slice fest is over, you will still be able to enjoy a quick slice at these locations during your lunch hour on weekdays or in between little league games on weekends. Pop in for slices, salads, calzones, pasta, and breadsticks (and don’t forget Gelatiamo’s heavenly gelato). You’ll find our standard Original Cheese and Extra Pepperoni slices along with seasonal specials or other menu pies.
For those of you already ordering whole pies from Lake City Way and Bridle Trails locations, no need to worry. Delivery time remains the same: 5PM on weekdays and 4PM on weekends. We do offer daytime catering for larger orders, if you need more than a slice!
Any way you slice it, we make it easy for you to reach your pizza paradise.
Red Square won’t be the only place for food and live music on April 19th. In conjunction with University of Washington’s HuskyFest featuring KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood 2013, Pagliacci’s original location on “The Ave” will feature a line-up of local musical acts from 3-7PM.
A community celebration, UW’s HuskyFest features live music with KEXP’s broadcast and Hood-to-Hood Concert, Earth Day celebrations, and much more. The campus festivities inspired Shift Leader, Brittian Piper, to organize a great line-up of Pacific Northwest bands to play at the pizzeria. They include:
- Jacob Jaffe of alt-folk Seattle band, Younger Shoulder
- Ozarks, modern baroque/pop sound from Portland
- Isaac Pierce of Portland’s “ergonomical” indie folk band, Ten-Speed Music
- Thom Strub from The Ironclads, Seattle-based alt-pop
Keeping the energy up between sets is DJ OVerPeT, otherwise known as University pizza cook extraordinaire, Nik Petersen. Wander on over for a slice and some excellent regional music this Friday.
If you were around, 1983 was a pretty memorable year. Even for those too young to remember, it was one of those years that has just remained in the cultural zeitgeist. The Star Wars trilogy came to a close with the release of The Return of the Jedi, Jennifer Beals popularized off-the-shoulder sweatshirts in Flashdance and a computer named Joshua peskily kept asking a young Matthew Broderick if he wanted to play a game in Wargames. Tom Cruise rocketed to fame dancing in his underwear in Risky Business and Al Pacino introduced us to his little friend in Scarface.
I vividly remember watching Michael Jackson perform the moonwalk for the first time during the TV special, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. We watched it over, and over, and over on my uncle’s Betamax. NBC brought us The A-Team, M*A*S*H aired its last episode and Richard Chamberlin played Father Ralph de Bricassart in The Thorn Birds. And I would be remiss not to mention Plinko was added to The Price Is Right.
The Police hit it big with Synchronicity, but Michael Jackson’s Thriller ruled the airwaves, taking the Billboard #1 spot 4 different times and spending 22 weeks at the top of the charts that year. The Cult, The Flaming Lips, NOFX and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all formed in ‘83. And, solving a mystery that had begun in the clubs of New York City a decade earlier, KISS officially unmasked on MTV.
It was the year that saw Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Vanessa Williams became the first African American to be crowned Miss America. Chrysler introduced the Minivan to the world, spawning a new species known as the Soccer Mom. They soon started showing up in McDonald’s Drive-Thrus to order the new Chicken McNugget.
And at 426 Broadway Avenue East on January 5th, the second Pagliacci Pizzeria opened. It was actually two restaurants in one. During the day it was a pizzeria and at night it turned into a pizzeria in the front and a trattoria in the back (insert mullet joke here). Slices of Cheese were $0.90, Double Pepperoni was $0.95, a slice of Combo was $1.20 and a Primo was just $1.35.
A lot of restaurants and businesses have come and gone on the Hill over the past 30 years, and we’re honored (and more than a little humbled) that our customers continue coming back. Thank you. We really couldn’t have been here this long without you. We look forward to seeing you Saturday for our 30th Anniversary Celebration. We’ll have music from the 80’s (not just Michael Jackson, promise), prizes and slices for a price worth celebrating!
Around this time every year, we shut the ovens down early and gather together for our annual employee Holiday Party. Past years have seen our crew taking over such venues as Capitol Hill’s Chop Suey, The Georgetown Ballroom and for many years, the late, lamented Sunset Bowl.
Before it closed in 2008, our holiday parties enjoyed legendary status with the Sunset employees. They often wondered what we would think up next. Past party antics included our takes on The Weakest Link, The Gong Show, Fear Factor (where finalists had to eat balut to win a coveted prize) and Survivor. The Survivor challenge actually ran over a couple of months, and just like the TV show, the finale was live at our holiday party. The lucky top two stores had the dubious distinction of bobbing for smelt at our party. The Sunset employees had just about as much fun as we did trying to figure out what we would do every year.
The Crocodile in Belltown was the site of this year’s party. Music from dj100proof and the opportunity to hang out with friends away from the ovens made for a great evening. Once again, we upheld the proud Pagliacci tradition of contests. Rather than tests of intellect or how much grossness one could stand (see balut reference above), this year offered an exhibition of physical talent. Pure brawn and an iron will helped Kassandra Bolin from our Kenmore Delivery Kitchen win a very hard- fought hula hoop battle. Mollie Carriveau from our Main Street Delivery Kitchen showed how low she could go and took the Limbo trophy. We also held a prize raffle. Judging by the cheers, Seahawks tickets were the most coveted prize of the night!
Put on your sunglasses, hop on your Vespa and buzz on over to Queen Anne for SIFF’s Fourth Annual Seattle Italian Film Festival! We are proud to sponsor this year’s Festival, which opens Thursday the 15th and runs through the 20th. Opening the Festival is Reality, a black comedy set in Naples about a fisherman who tries to get onto the reality show Big Brother. Directed by Matteo Garrone, Reality won the Grand Prix award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Festival will also be screening Italy’s Official Oscar submission, Caeser Must Die, about a director staging Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Rome’s maximum security Rebibbia prison. Fans of classic Italian cinema will enjoy films featuring two of cinema’s most celebrated actresses, Ingrid Bergman and Sophia Loren.
In collaboration with the Festival, you can sample Italian cuisine and learn about Italian culture at the Taste of Italy on November 17th at the SIFF Film Center. Free and open to the public, wine, art, short films, opera and food tasting will be offered, as well as the chance to win a trip to Italy! Ticket information and show times can be found at SIFF’s website. Don’t forget, you can save $2 off of the usual $10 General Admission price if you use the promo code ITALIAN2012. Matinees are not included, but you can redeem the code online, over the phone or at the box office. Buon divertimento!
The promise of free slices beckoned crowds of hungry Madison Valley dwellers to the opening of our newest location last Thursday. Curious neighborhood residents made their way in to marvel at the building that had gone up so quickly. Students from nearby schools quickly found the lure of free pizza impossible to resist. A bus full of hungry students from The Bush School pulled up and made our cooks momentarily very nervous (nothing scarier than a bus full of hungry teenagers!) but they were able to weather the storm of slice orders that followed. They were glad that they did, as the Garfield Cross Country team arrived just after the Bush School left. After the slice giveaway ended at 5pm, General Manager Mike Young and Associate Manager Brandon Ogestelli switched into delivery mode. At long last, Pagliacci Pizza was delivering to the Madison Valley! In addition to Madison Park, their evening drivers now deliver to Madrona, Capitol Hill and part of the Central District.
Both Mike and Brandon were inspired with the warm reception they received from the community throughout the weekend. They both enjoyed seeing the number of neighborhood families that came to see the new location. With the Bush School, Garfield, O’Dea, Seattle Prep and the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences all nearby, Mike expects that the new Madison location will very quickly become a popular gathering spot for the neighborhood. Thank you for the great welcome, Madison Valley! We are very glad to be here!
Whether it’s billed as a Harvest Festival or Halloween, everyone knows that the last week in October is always about 2 things: costumes and more importantly, CANDY. According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 93% of kids go trick or treating each year. How much candy they ultimately get is a good question…about 90% of parents admit to sneaking treats from their kids’ trick or treat bags! Because Halloween is in the middle of the week this year, some neighborhoods are choosing to celebrate early. Here are a few places that we’ll be getting our sugar fix this Halloween!
Hilloween – For kids and adults of all ages, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce brings “Hilloween” to Cal Anderson Park on Sunday the 28th from noon to 6 pm. Featured performers include Sgt. Rigsby and his Amazing Silhouettes, Recess Monkey and YouTube sensation Jenny and her Ukulele. There will also be carnival games, spooky stories, a costume parade around the park, and trick or treating. Best of all, there will be a pizza party at our Broadway Pizzeria at 4:00pm. Kids in costume with their parents will get a free slice!
The West Seattle Junction will be closing the streets for their Harvest Festival this Sunday as well! Activities include the West Seattle Farmers Market, Harvest Craft activities, a kid’s costume parade and trick or treating! Yes, our West Seattle Delivery Kitchen will be passing out candy!
On Halloween, Bellevue Square will host a variety of events from 5-7pm. Roving clowns (hopefully not of the scary kind!) will be tying balloons, kids can investigate the science of slime and dry ice at the Mad Science Booth and the hardest workin’ band on Halloween, Recess Monkey, will be putting on a performance at Bellevue Square Center Court. And of course, there will be trick or treating! Our Bellevue Square Pizzeria will have plenty of candy for all the little ghosts, goblins, witches, pirates and princesses that come by!
For you folks up on the North End, if you come into our Kenmore Delivery Kitchen wearing a costume from 11-2pm we’ll “TREAT” you to a free slice!
We’ll be starting delivery at 4pm on Halloween and continuing our annual tradition of scaring away vampires by providing garlic as a topping on any whole pie for free!
Monday night we took some time to gather for Kevin Eastwood. Kevin has been with Pagliacci for the past couple of years. He was hit by a car at the beginning of August and suffered a serious head injury, a fractured clavicle and a fractured pelvis. With family on the East Coast, the travel bills alone are enormous and we wanted to help out in any way we could. The Thirsty Fish on Holman Road in Ballard graciously hosted the benefit for him. Our friends at Georgetown Brewery donated a keg of Manny’s Pale Ale and Roger’s Pilsner. All the proceeds from the keg sales went to help fund Kevin’s medical expenses.
Along with the donated beer we raffled and auctioned items like a Kindle Fire, a keg of beer from award winning brewer and 85th Street General Manager Jim Tanguay, 10 pounds of bacon cured by Crossroads General Manager Paul Williams, Seahawk’s tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants including Tom Douglas’s Restaurants and Thierry Rautureau’s Luc in Madison Park. Our most popular auction items of the night were the chance to put a pie in the face of a Pagliacci manager. Louis Uhm, the owner of the Thirsty Fish, even got a pie in the face from a couple of his regulars! Everyone had a great time, and altogether we raised nearly $7,000 for Kevin!
It’s often been said that the restaurant community takes care of its own, and we’d like to give a special thanks to The Thirsty Fish, the Tom Douglas Restaurant Group, Thierry Rautureau, Macrina Bakery and DeLaurenti Food & Wine for their generous donation of gift certificates.
Kevin is finally being released from Harborview and flying back to New York with his dad tomorrow. Although he was not able to make it to the benefit, he will be going home with a whole bunch of support from his friends and co-workers. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back out in Seattle as soon as he can make it!