after4ever (315) Brier, Washington | September 13, 2016
- AMBIANCE 5/5
- SERVICE 9/10
- SELECTION 12/15
- FOOD 9/10
- VALUE 6/10
- OVERALL 14/20
Man, this place is fantastic. Really dug everything about it, especially the cellar book. Going to be back here a lot, I can tell.
What you get is a pizza place with a big brick oven making pizza with flames. The flames seemed to rise and fall so uniformly as the cooks worked that it was hard to believe it was really wood-fired, but I have no reason to think otherwise. The pizza toppings are fresh, mostly gourmet, and artfully combined. You get a nice sturdy, chewy crust that has the blisters and scorches you’d expect from a fiery oven.
The kitchen area is pretty big, and you’re watching them the whole time. Looking right into the oven, really. The bar flanks the kitchen, the restroom is well behind it, and tables skirt the two outer walls. You’re in Belltown, but it feels spacious and homey nevertheless. Parking is catch as catch can, but you’ll be alright.
What stands out, though, really isn’t the pie. The pie is great, but there are at least a dozen independent pie places that people love. What stands out here is the beer program. There are 20 faucets, and they are constantly changing kegs. Stuff goes on and kicks within a day or two all the time. They very rarely get stuff that everyone else pours, either. You can find an approachable lager, an IPA, an amber, or other basic styles, and you’ll see lots of familiar names among the breweries listed. But they get their hands on offbeat kegs of familiar styles and wholly offbeat experimental kegs all the time. Mostly domestic, with a few imports, but all craft.
The cellar is even more impressive. They have over 100 bottles, mostly from the western US, with some eastern and a few European options. We opened a few amazing stouts and barleywines last night, and supplemented with great double IPAs, lagers, and Belgians from the tap list. Turned a couple of newbs on to great beer, and made one vet say "I wish you hadn’t poured me any of that, because it’s way, way too expensive to drink it as often as I now want to." That’s beer for you. Delightful and frustrating all at once when it’s at its best.
The staff here is so nice, and so on top of it. Our bartender kept water and glasses coming, opened beers with a sprained thumb, laughed at all our dumb jokes, and stayed up to the second with every table in the room, despite having to run the whole front of house to close by herself. She even let us stay a little late while we were catching up on old times. I so appreciate charming, capable places and people like this. Wish we had 100 more of them.
andrewje41 (93) Kenmore, Washington | March 16, 2014
- AMBIANCE 5/5
- SERVICE 10/10
- SELECTION 14/15
- FOOD 9/10
- VALUE 10/10
- OVERALL 19/20
I absolutely love this place. Really good, hard to find beers on tap, all at really good prices. Very knowledgeable staff. Excellent Italian food and pizza. They have 18 taps, complete with beers from around the globe, and ones I haven’t seen elsewhere. Small corner location is a hidden gem. Never had a bad experience here and I will continue to return.