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Pizza is arguably America’s most varied and beloved dish, one whose devotees are some of the most opinionated, and yet it remains one of the most accessible foods there is. Even the country’s most expensive and esteemed pizza temple is within reach of the average person’s budget. Every red-blooded American grew up with his or her preferred regional style of this national fascination, knowing it as the definitive best. Today, there’s better pizza, more knowledge about it, and interest in it everywhere. That accessibility and loyalty makes for some tremendously spirited debate.
Considering the passion pizza inspires, responsibly declaring America’s Best Pizza can be challenging. But The Daily Meal doesn't shy away from the challenge. For our third-annual pizza ranking, we again sought the nation's best pies and slices, considering more places than ever in our quest for the best. We researched and added 275 more pizzas and recruited a group of 30 more experts to weigh in than for our 2013 list. Some 700 pizza spots were considered by 78 panelists, comprising The Daily Meal’s in-house pizza experts and city editors, American chefs, restaurant critics, bloggers, writers, and pizza authorities. We compiled the data, and although there could only be one winner, we found plenty of seriously good pizza being made across America, including in Seattle.
You’d expect no less than pizza greatness from Seattle star chef and James Beard Award-winner Tom Douglas, and at his three Serious Pie spots in Seattle, that’s exactly what you get. These are thin-crust, cornicione-centric oblong pizzas about a foot long and imbued with serious soul. Consider the pizza mission statement that greets you when visiting their website: “Serious Pie: a pizzeria with a bread baker's soul, serves up pies with blistered crusts, light textured but with just enough structure and bite. Our attentiveness to each pizza in the 600°F stone-encased applewood burning oven preserves the character of housemade charcuterie and artisan cheeses from around the world.” The menu features seven pizzas, including pies with Yukon gold potato, soft-cooked free-range eggs, clams, and burrata, but you’ll want to try the sweet fennel sausage, roasted pepper, and provolone pie that was voted #56 on our list of the 101 best in the country.
Serious Pie beat out local competitors Delancy (#74) and Via Tribunali (#86) to score the highest of any pizzeria in the city on our compilation which means that, according to our panel of experts, they are the proud home of the best pizza in Seattle.