Frēlard Pizza Company is the sister pizzeria to Ballard Pizza Company, but it’s smack in the middle of a busy stretch on Leary Way (in the neighborhood with for sure the ugliest name). Their patio is the best outdoor place to have a beer-and-pizza party with your entire group of friends, huddled around a picnic table next to random barrels and a stone-covered firepit. The service is great, a rotating seasonal hard cider is always on tap, and the pizzas are the best New York-style pies you can get in the city (make sure a prosciutto and arugula one is on your table). A couple of large pizzas and some salads to share and Saturday’s sunset meal is taken care of.
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Entering Brouwer’s is like stepping into a Medieval Times in Fremont, but with much better food and less jousting. Come for a birthday dinner.
Lucky’s Pho is a bare-bones Fremont spot for pho, banh mi, and other Vietnamese classics (with the exception of the banh mi tacos).
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Due’ Cucina Italiana
Due’ Cucina Italiana in Capitol Hill is a counter-service spot serving grain-based pasta.
Artusi is the bar version of Spinasse, the incredible full Italian restaurant next door. For cocktails and small plates, it doesn’t get much better.
Raccolto is a West Seattle Italian spot from the same people behind Contadino, and the pasta is almost as good. If you can’t get a seat, try the bar.
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Southpaw is a boxing-themed pizza spot in Capitol Hill with frozen drinks, board games, and mediocre pies.
Bar Del Corso
Bar Del Corso in Beacon does excellent Neapolitan-style pizza and Italian small plates.
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