It was Friday night, and Andrew and I had both had horrible days. I was out participating in some much needed retail therapy at the Bellevue Nordstrom, and Andrew came to meet me after work. Though we had originally planned on making steak for dinner, neither of us were up for cooking and we were pretty hungry. We were walking around aimlessly looking for fuel when we stumbled upon Pagliacci Pizza. We had never heard of it, but it smelled good, so we headed in to try it out.
In general, we had determined that we wouldn’t write about chains much on Best Quest, unless they really were superior. Pagliacci doesn’t appear to exist outside of Washington, but there are several locations within. That being said, we thought it was pretty good, and figured we may as well report our findings and add it to our Pizza Challenge.
Crust: The crust was great! It was hand-tossed (as opposed to thin or deep dish), and deliciously fluffy. I really enjoyed it.
Cheese/toppings: We tried two different kinds of pizza–the Pesto Primo (fontina, ricotta, mozzarella, imported peppers and pesto on an olive oil, garlic sauce) without the peppers, and the Spinach and Chicken (chicken, mushrooms and mozzarella on an olive oil base seasoned with garlic and red chili pepper flakes, finished with spinach after bake) without mushrooms or chili pepper flakes. They were both good! Neither of us could pick a favorite. The spinach and chicken was very garlicy, which we loved, but the pesto also had excellent flavor combinations.