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April 18, 2008 9:30 AM

Pizza. The gaunlet has been thrown. Let's discuss.

Posted by Nancy Leson

After yesterday's post about Domino's new pizza-tracking system, I knew I'd hear from pizza fans disappointed with the pie that dares to bear the name. And I'll have to agree with ffred99, who wants to know, "What happened to pizza with Character?" He recalls "wonderful" pizza with "just enough crust" to hold up the sauce, cheeses and toppings, recalling, "When you took that first bite, your eyes rolled back and you were in pizza heaven."

Oh, yeah. I remember that pizza. I grew up on it in Philadelphia. It's the same stuff ex-pat Newyawkers dream about.

There's no question that pizza in Greater Seattle is undergoing a Renaissance, with pizzerias like Tutta Bella, Via Tribunali and Pizzeria Fondi celebrating the Neapolitan ideal -- or even going it one better (as at Serious Pie). And then, of course, there are the Italian restaurants that rock out in the pizza-making department like Cafe Lago, La Medusa, and those Southend family-owned Italian joints everyone who lives down there raves about (feel free to help me out by naming them).

What aggravates me most about pizza around here, though, is trying to get a decent take-out pie for pick-up or delivery. And trying to get it at less than $20-$25 bucks (a crime!) I wish Piecora's and A New York Pizza Place were in my neighborhood, but have to settle for either Old Milltown Pizza (not half-bad, but they don't deliver) or my old-standby, Pagliacci, where the crust is nowhere as good as it once was now that they've got over 20 pizza outlets -- though their customer-service for pick-up or delivery is outstanding, and I'll give them the nod for their toppings.

So, let's go: Where do you eat pizza? Where do you take out? Best? Worst? Let's discuss.

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