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Our Story

Pagliacci was founded in Seattle back in 1979. The goal was to make the best pizza possible. Simple as that. While a lot has changed since 1979, one thing has remained the same, our mission to deliver the best-tasting, highest quality pizza possible to the Greater Seattle area.

Then and now, many of the great things about Pagliacci Pizza have come from the customers and the employees. Our crew is the heart and soul of Pagliacci, inside and out of the kitchen. Visit any location and you’ll see the energy and dedication that goes into making every single pie. It’s that same energy that keeps customers coming back to make new memories with their friends and family.

This has helped us learn that pizza isn’t just dough, sauce and cheese; family is at the heart of it. We will continue to address our customers by name when they call and greet them with a smile when they walk in. It’s the little things that go into making great experiences, and we have been honored to be a part of the Seattle experience for so many years. We look forward to making new memories with you for years to come.


Over the decades, Pagliacci has been voted a Seattle favorite in many polls, in addition to garnering several meaningful awards. Thanks for your vote! It means a lot to us.

Voted Western Washington’s “Best Pizza”
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2021, 2008, 2007 and 1997-2004

Evening Magazine KING5-TV

Annual Viewer's Poll

One of 8 pizzerias named Best in America
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Bon Appetit

"So Fresh and So Green" Award
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Eastside Green Business Challenge

Voted "Best Pizza"
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2014 - 2015, 2012, 2011 and 2009

425 Magazine

Voted “Best Takeout Food"
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2012, 2008 and 1999

Seattle Magazine

Washington State Jefferson Award
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction
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2016 - 2014, 2010 – 2012

King County

Pacific NW Champion
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Forest Service Council - US

Special Recognition from King County
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Award in recognition of over 20 years as an employer of people with developmental disabilities

Voted “Best Pizza”
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2008, 2005 and 2004 City's Best

Voted "Seattle's Best Pizza"
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Seattle Met Magazine

Lifetime Achievement Award
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2008 Golden Slice

Seattle Weekly

Recycler of the Year
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Composting & Food Waste Recycling 2008

Washington State Recycling Association

Voted "Best Pizza"
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2009-2019, 2005, 2001 Seattle Magazine

Voted “Best Pizza” in Bellevue
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2009 - 2013, 2016 and 2021

Bellevue Reporter

Voted People's Pick
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2006 - 2008

Behind the Scenes

With stores throughout the Greater Seattle area, we’re invested in the well-being of the entire region. We go to great lengths to connect with and support our many communities.

Quality & Locally Sourced

We take pride in using Northwest artisanal foods and fresh, local produce whenever possible. We make our dough daily in the traditional  way – with live yeast and no stabilizers or additives – and give it a long, slow rise. This creates a crust with dynamic flavor and springy texture. We use 100% whole-milk mozzarella crafted from the milk of grass-fed, hormone free cows. Our tangy and naturally sweet sauce is made from the best, freshly picked, vine-ripened tomatoes.

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Over a decade ago we committed to making operationally sustainable decisions througout our business. What exactly does that mean? From purchasing green power and FSC-certified paper products to seeking LEED certicification and more, we continually strive to lessen our carbon footprint. Pagliacci was even the first restaurant chain to work with Cedar Grove Composting to develop commercial composting programs that are now used all over the Seattle area! We take pride in our FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified boxes. FSC certification gives us the peace of mind knowing we are using trees from well-managed forests in our very own Pacific Northwest, and that no part of the tree goes to waste in the making of our box.

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Working with local seasonal foods everyday inspires us to look after our environment. We actively seek fresh ways to use less and use wisely whether it’s composting boxes and food waste, saving water and energy, or doing our part to bring 'green' power to the Pacific Northwest from local utilities."

Matt Galvin Co-Owner

Getting Involved Within the Community

Community is vital to Pagliacci. We take pride in how we connect with our employees, customers, vendors and neighbors. Read about some of the specific ways we are impacting our neighboring communities and the partnerships we are building to enrich the Greater Seattle area.