Pizza Contest: From zippy to zesty, we’re closing in on a winner

We’re in the final stages of judging for our pizza recipe contest! While we let our last pizza tasting digest, we’d like to take a minute to recognize the top 20 submissions:

Kelly Chrey
Jim Samuel
Juliana Jackson
Catherine Clepper
Mary Dodge (x 2!)
Liane Smith
Joseph Mucci

Carol Strong-Turner
Tarmara Bunnell
Ben Jamin Sundyman
Sonja Schroeder
Dave Bodmer
Scott Shotwell
Daryn Nakhuda

Lindsey Turner
Evelyn Boekoff
Eric Oberg
Greg Reed
James Gamble
Kelly Jones

Mildly tart with a pop of color, preserved lemon was one of the most common recipe components. Maybe it’s your way of brightening up the Seattle gloom. Next up was briny feta, which, like pizza, goes way back with Greece. The tangy cheese was paired with everything from bacon to zucchini. Finally, it’s obvious you all love clams. These little mollusks popped up time and again in your entries. Clams are a favored Italian ingredient and plentiful around these parts, so why not throw them on a pie?

Many of you went the extra mile by naming your masterpiece, like Jim Samuel’s salty-with-a-kick creation, “The Barn Burner” or Eric Oberg’s aptly named pie, “The Vongole Primo.”

For the ingenuity and gusto you put behind your recipes, we think you are all winners. But, there can only be one top chef. Stay tuned to find out who will take home free pizza for a year and earn a coveted spot on our menu!

Annual Fourth of July Picnic & Pizza Olympics

Last Thursday, we powered down our pizza ovens, put away the peels, and fired up the grill for our annual Fourth of July Picnic and Pizza Olympics. The whole Pagliacci family enjoyed a round of softball, a first-ever sanctioned soccer match, and then stuffed ourselves with anything but pizza.

Our Driver Manager Sasha Mitronovas showed off his culinary skills playing grill master. The feast included sausages from Bob’s Quality Meats, which is owned and operated by a former Pagliacci general manager and his dad.

Wholly satisfied, we launched into our Olympic Games. While we didn’t compete in long jumps, high dives, or even ping pong, our games were still impressive. Lake City Way Drivers Thomas Osborn and Jeffrey Thornton took the top spot in the Team Toss. These two were so in sync during the competition, they’d give any Olympic diving duo a run for their money.

Pair Toss

And, we’re willing to bet Shot Put Gold Medalist Tomasz Majewski has nothing on Main Street Associate Manager Hugo Uitzil-Tun, who earned the Biggest Toss prize for the second consecutive year.

All of that dough tossing is perfect training for the Tug of War challenge. The crew at our Edmonds location proved their strength earning top honors in this event.

Edmonds Tug of War

We wrapped it all up with our rousing Relay Race, which included blindfolded box folding, one-handed partner dough tossing, then head-spinning before running the box to the finish line. The Queen Anne team demonstrated solid teamwork, taking first place.

Winners

Thanks for giving us the day off for some fun in the sun! As usual, it was a blast. We can’t wait to do it all again next year. Follow the link to our Facebook page to check out more photos.

 

Rolling Back Prices as Queen Anne Turns 25

Queen Anne Location

Things that rocked Seattle in 1988: grunge, Seahawks, and Pagliacci Pizza. Our Queen Anne Pizzeria had just opened at the corner of Queen Anne Avenue and Mercer Street, perfectly positioned to feed droves of sports fans and club-goers.

Turning 25 this year, our Queen Anne location has grown up with the neighborhood. Things are a little different now than they were back in 1988, but one thing remains the same: our pizzas are still popular.

Join us at the Queen Anne Pizzeria on Thursday, June 20, for our 25th anniversary bash! To celebrate, we will roll back slice prices to match what they were way back when it all began. At this location only, snag a slice of Cheese for $1.00, Double Pepperoni for $1.25, Sausage & Onion for $1.35, and AGOG Primo for $1.65.

Slip into your finest flannel and flaunt some big hair, because this anniversary is going to be, like, totally rad!

Bust a Move This Father’s Day

KEXP Father's Day Poster

We’re teaming up with KEXP for the uber popular Father’s Day Kids Dance Party on Sunday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids and dads will be taking over the EMP as it transforms into the most fun dance party in town. Those not into rocking out with DJs Rhythma and Kid Hops can master the art of tossing dough with some of our cooks or participate in activities and crafts with The Adventure School.

“This is a great family-oriented event,” says Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP’s Audioasis producer and Kids Dance Party coordinator. “It’s a chance for families to get out to places they may not normally go with their kids.”

Tickets have already sold out, but there will be a limited number of tickets released at the door on the day of the event. For more information on this event and ticket information, call the EMP Box Office at 206-770-2702.

Dinner and a Movie

What better way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend with the family than by filling your bellies with some tasty pie and catching a fun flick? The Seattle International Film Festival is well underway, and this year we are partnering with the SIFF Friends4Families film series. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad. This eclectic series is sure to entertain kids of all ages.

While You Weren't Looking is part of The Family Picture Show shorts series.

Here’s the holiday weekend lineup:

Ernest & Celestine

Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre

The Family Picture Show

Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Moon Man

Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. at Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center

Safety Last!

Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Check out additional Friends4Families screenings and workshops here. Friends4Families happily extends a promotional offer for $2 off any of their regularly priced screenings when you use the promo code FAMILY2013. You can also stop by our Queen Anne location for a chance to win tickets.

So, round up the crew, grab a slice, and enjoy some family fun this weekend!

Are You Ready To SIFF?

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.

SIFF tickets can be purchased online or at the box office, but be sure to stop by our Queen Anne location starting Friday, May 17, for a chance to win them!

Free Pizza for a Year?

Pagliacci Pizza SeattleLike 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.

A Little Slice of Bliss (For FREE This Saturday)

Pagliacci Pizza Spicy ChickenFor 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.

Serving Up Slices & Tunes

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:

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.

 

Happy 30th, Broadway!

We opened our Broadway Pizzeria on Capitol Hill 30 years ago. To celebrate, on Saturday we are rolling back prices to what they were in 1983.

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!