Family Food & Dining
It takes a lot more than a cup of crayons and a clutch of breaded chicken tenders to make a restaurant truly parent- and kid-friendly. You weighed in on the best treats and eats for family fun day, pizza for the team, or for when date night rolls around and the baby-sitter bails. Here are your favorite haunts for sipping and supping — family style.
Winner: Tutta Bella
With the modest goal of becoming “the most respected Neapolitan pizzeria in the world, ” Tutta Bella has captured the hearts of ParentMap readers for the second year in a row. The owner, Joe Fugere, earned his certification as a pizzaiolo from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, and his restaurant is one of only a handful in the United States to have earned the prestigious distinction. Tutta Bella’s “controlled chaos” vibe creates a family-style environment where kids can be kids, everyone is welcome, and the whole neighborhood gathers to rip into aromatic, fire-kissed pizza. All really is beautiful at Tutta Bella.
With 10 neighborhood stores dotting the regional landscape, from Ravenna to West Seattle to Issaquah, Zeeks is on many a local speed-dial as the family’s go-to for delivery and pickup. You can also save Zeeks to your favorites and order online or dine in for the full menu, including beer and wine.
Another local chain with a passionate following, Pagliacci Pizza offers seasonal sensations alongside pie classics; its plain cheese pizza, which is anything but plain, is a well-established Northwest tradition. Get a whole pizza to share, and order slices for the wee ones with picky palates.
Proletariat Pizza, in White Center, is ready to occupy your belly — it has a pizza for every man, woman and child, all created with equal awesomeness. Proletariat sells pizzas by the whole or the half, so you can mix and match and stay on budget. These guys make the 99 percent the lucky ones.
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