Maybe a few parents have kids who call massaman curry or hanoi beef their dish of choice, but if you ask a group of average eight-years-old "what's your favorite food?" you're bound to get a single resounding response: pizza. That means parents usually end up eating the stuff on a semi-regular basis, as evidenced by the throngs of families populating the likes of Tutta Bella, Flying Squirrel and the Ridge.
Ballard Pizza Company
Since Seattle is flooded with options, when it comes to picking a pizza restaurant on a Friday night parents usually default to a shop in their neighborhood. Sure, kids don't care if the cheese melted on their pie is buffalo or part-skim mozzarella as long as there's a lot of it. But quality ingredients can result in a bigger check, and the price per slice matters a heck of a lot when you're feeding multiple mouths. Ethan Stowell's Ballard Pizza Company hits the sweet spot, using local, fresh meats and vegetables while keeping the costs comparatively low.
With events pitched at the pint sized-set and their parents, including the upcoming "Toss Like a Boss" fundraiser and weekly family movie nights, there's enough appeal to attract kids and their parents that live outside of the 'hood. (Last Wednesday, James and the Giant Peach started at 5 p.m. Check Twitter for each week's movie announcements.)
Instead of hokey menu placemats with cartoons, kids are delivered a sheet of parchment and a few crayons for scribbling after they're seated. With exposed brick and warm lights BPC's atmosphere mirrors other Stowell eateries like Staple & Fancy down the street. Only menu items like a mixed salumi board and Caesar salad that might appear for a couple of dollars more at Tavolata or How to Cook a Wolf are offered in sharable portions and carry a smaller price tag.
A starter or salad and large pizza will feed four and then some for about $35 bucks. The menu includes a good range of veggie and meat-centric pies, ranging from the artichoke with sweet, earthy taggiasca olives to the Whole Hog with pancetta, prosciutto, coppa and guanciale. Some less common bubblies, including Mexican Sprite and Boylan's Root Beer are on the drink roster alongside Rainier Tallboys and a shortlist of good, affordable wine by the glass.
You can also order pizza online for movie nights at home. Delivery is offered for a minimum order of $20 and covers a couple mile radius.