#66 Flying Squirrel Pizza, Seattle (No. 3)
Having opened in 2008, Seattle’s Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. is a fairly recent addition to the national pizza scene. But it isn’t wasting any time; the Squirrel, the dream of Bill Coury, a one-time manager in Starbucks’ music division who’d been laid off, is a beloved pizzeria that has spawned two other spots and plenty of local love. The tossed-to-order, gas oven-cooked, New York-style pizzas feature a dizzying array of some 30 high-quality (organic and local when possible) ingredients and locally farmed vegetables, including cured toppings from Zoe's Meats and Salumi Artisan Cured Meats. There are 10 classic pies, and an additional 11 fan favorites feature musical names like Count Basil, The R.E.M., and The Booker T., but you’ll want to check out No. 3: house-made pork sausage, chopped fresh garlic, mozzarella, and sauce. Anyway, how can you not love a pizzeria that loves mixtapes? Yes, cassettes. Notes the restaurant, "All of the music played at the Squirrel is from mixtapes made by our employees and customers."