10 Best Family-Friendly Pizza Places In and Around Seattle
From family get-togethers and post Little League celebrations to we-have-nothing-in the-fridge sort of evenings, pizza nights are always a hit. Thankfully there’s no shortage of pizza joints around the Seattle area, and what goes better with hand-tossed crusts and fresh mozzarella than kid-friendly digs? Here are 12 pizza restaurants to check out for your next family pizza night (and some do delivery!).
This tiny, North Ballard pizza spot serves up big flavor. Wood-fired, Italian-style pies with locally-sourced toppings and house-made ricotta draw the crowds, so come early or be prepared for a wait. Delancey offers an impressive selection of beer, wine, and cocktails, and for the kids there’s Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Mexican Coca Cola, or Thomas Kemper Root Beer.
Tip: Finish off your meal with their famous gray-salted chocolate chip cookies (baked, or as dough)!
Hours: Tues through Fri, 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 4:30 pm to 10 pm.
1415 NW 70th Street, Seattle,98117
Frelard Pizza Company
Photo: Joshua Huston
Frelard Pizza Company's chalkboard wall keeps kiddos busy.
Cut from the same dough as the popular Ballard Pizza Company, Frelard Pizza has made its home in the ambiguous area between Ballard and Fremont on Leary Way. The pizza is New-York style, the draft beer is local, and the kids’ play area is well-stocked. The tagline “whole pies and fat slices” perfectly describes pies topped with anything from pancetta to pickled peppers. Dine alfresco at umbrella-topped picnic tables, snag a high top table for a slice, or order a whole pie inside and watch your kids create masterpieces at the chalkboard wall.
Tip: It’s a popular spot, so be prepared to wait. Take advantage of the play area, and BYOCB (Bring Your Own Coloring Books).
Hours: Mon through Fri, 4 pm to 11 pm; Sat and Sun, 11 am to 11 pm.
Happy Hour: Sun through Thurs, 4 pm to 6 pm and 10 pm to 11 pm (drinks and slices).
4010 Leary Way NW, Seattle, 98107
Tutta Bella Wallingford
The largest of five neighborhood locations, the Wallingford Tutta Bella features indoor and outdoor seating, a family-friendly atmosphere, and delish Naples-inspired pies. Pizza dough and Wikki Stix are passed out pre-pizza, and it’s fun to watch the pies baking in the wood-fired ovens. Kids can dig into their personalized “bambino” pizzas or pasta and post-pie gelato, and parents will appreciate a well-rounded menu and twice-daily happy hours.
Hours: Sun through Thurs, 11 am to 10 pm; Fri and Sat, 11 am to 11 pm.
Happy Hour: 3 pm to 6 pm & 9 pm to close (includes cocktails, starters and pizzas).
4411 Stone Way North, Seattle, 98103
This family-friendly pizza spot serves up pizzas, calzones, baguette sandwiches, salads, and craft cocktails. The Ridge is neighborhood-focused, with each pizza named after a nearby business: order The Zoo, a Ken’s Market Combo, or the Sip & Ship! There are even three pizzas that donate $1 of each sale to a local charity. Grab a crayon box or small toy on your way in for the kids to play with while you wait for your food.
Tip: Stroll down the street to Ken’s Market for a sweet treat after dinner.
Hours: Mon through Fri, 11:30 am to 1 am; Sat and Sun, 11 am to 1 am.
7217 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, 98103
A Northeast Seattle neighborhood favorite, Varlamos has been the go-to spot for after Little League games, family get-togethers, and pizza play dates. They pride themselves on their family-friendly atmosphere and football-sized calzones. Other delish dishes include pastas, salads, hot sandwiches, and appetizers. Gluten-free crust is available, and their 7” mini pizzas are a great bet for kids' appetites.
Tip: Head over on a Monday night for $7.95 calzones plus side salad, and come hungry!
Hours: Mon through Fri, 11 am to 10 pm; Sat, 4 pm to 10 pm; Sun, 4 pm to 9 pm.
3617 NE 45th St, Seattle, 98105
The Independent Pizzeria
This tiny-yet-airy (and definitely charming) pizzeria sits at a prime location just across from Madison Beach Park. The Independent serves up craft pies with chewy crusts, salads, and antipasti. Their ingredient list is impressive, using organic tomato passata base on all their pies and offering toppings as exotic as pecorino sheep's cheese or speck di Alto Adige (pro tip: it's a smoked ham from Italy!). There’s Crater Lake Root Beer on tap for the kids and a selection of excellent wines for mom and dad.
Tip: The tiny establishment gets crowded quickly, so if you’re toting kids, go early.
Hours: Weds through Sat, 5 pm to 9:30 pm; Sun, 5 pm to 8 pm.
4235 E Madison St, Seattle, 98112
At Mod Pizza, pies are all custom-made and come in 3 sizes, including a mini version that's perfect for kids.
This much-loved Made On Demand pizza joint is a godsend for picky eaters. At MOD, kids can choose their favorite toppings (or none at all!), customizing their pizzas at no additional charge. These thin-crusted, wood-fired pies are made on the spot (read: no desperately trying to distract whining toddlers while you wait for your food). For a treat, try a hand-spun MODshake with yummy mix-in options or cinnamon strips. Also on the menu: customizable salads, draft beer, and wine. The Lake Forest Park location is one of ten regional spots featuring MOD's signature interior design style: open, airy, clean digs with a beautiful Chipotle- or Subway-esque layout of toppings, cheeses, and sauces to choose from.
Tip: There are three sizes: Mini, Mod, and Mega. The Mini is perfect for kids (a 6-inch pie for less than $5).
Check out MOD's website for a full list of their locations and hours.
The “pizza that made White Center famous” offers thin-crust pies to satisfy both meat lovers and vegans alike, and if you’re looking to add potato, SPAM, or soft-cooked egg, here’s your chance. If you’re out and about for lunch, Proletariat Pizza serves slices between noon and 4pm. There’s beer, wine, and cocktails for adults, and kids can refresh with cane-sugar sodas or Rachel’s Ginger Beer. Gluten-free pizzas (whole pies, not slices) are available for an extra $5, and there's a kids' appetizer plate featuring olives, pineapple, mozzarella, and sliced baguette. Top it off with homemade tiramisu or head across the street for Full Tilt Ice Cream.
Hours: Sun through Thurs, 12 pm to 9 pm; Fri and Sat, 12 pm to 12 am.
Happy Hour: 3 pm to 6 pm daily (includes cocktails, starters, and a few 18” pizzas).
9622A 16th Ave SW, Seattle, 98106
Zeeks Pizza Kirkland
Based on the motto that “life is too short for crappy pizza,” Zeeks is committed to real food, fresh ingredients, and full-on flavor. Chances are, there’s a Zeeks in your neighborhood (there are 13 in the region), and if you’re on the Eastside, snag a seat at the Kirkland location, tucked in the heart of downtown Kirkland’s Park Lane. The large picture window into the kitchen area is the perfect place for little pizza-lovers to watch the magic happen, and dough balls plus crayons equals just enough distraction while you wait for your pies to arrive.
Tip: Grab an ice-cream treat from the freezer in back or head to Sirena Gelato across the street for dessert.
Check out Zeeks's website for locations and hours.
Flying Pie Pizzeria
With all the trendy, chic, and contemporary pizza places popping up, it’s always a comfort to find an old-school hangout. Reminiscent of the Round Tables and Godfathers of the 80's, Flying Pie Pizzeria serves order-at-the-counter pizza (whole pies or slices), an all-you-can-eat salad bar, arcade-style video games, and the definitive trait of a family-friendly atmosphere: you don’t have to worry about keeping your tater tots quiet. The place gets loud anyway, so you might as well contribute a verse!
Tip: Books and toys are available to play with while you wait, and the pizzeria offers gluten-free crust and vegan cheese.
Hours: Tues through Thurs, 11 am to 9 pm; Fri and Sat, 11 am to 10 pm; Sun, 11 am to 9 pm.
Happy Hour: 3 pm to 5 pm daily (includes pizza, wings, beer, and wine).
30 Front St., Issaquah, 98027
Pagliacci Pizza has been consistently serving up divine pies since 1979. Pop in and order a slice, or call for delivery. With over 20 locations around Seattle and the Eastside (with Columbia City and Mercer Island locations on the horizon!), there’s plenty of reasons to order in and make it a pajamas-and-pizza kind of night.
Tip: Some locations offer draft beer happy hours, soda happy hours, outdoor seating and a kids area, so check their website for specific location info. And if you have a pizza lover in the fam, take a peek at Pagliacci’s pizza tossing birthday parties.
Delivery: 206-726-1717, 425-453-1717, or order online.
Check Pagliacci’s website for hours and locations.