Pi Day is celebrated worldwide on March 14, which is a perfect excuse (if you need one) to eat pie. Any kind of pie will do: fruit pie, cream pie, quiche, pizza, hand pies, or any other kind of pie.
What is Pi?
Pi is the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet (π) used in mathematics to define the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. (Got that?)
Regardless of the size of the circle, pi is a constant that always calculates to the same value: 3.14 (hence, March 14…).
Pi (π) is also an irrational number, which is a number that cannot be expressed as a simple fraction (such as 3¼ or 3.25). In irrational numbers, the decimal portion does not divide evenly and either continues infinitely (as does pi) or repeats (such as 1/3 or 0.3333…).
The first 10 digits of pi are 3.1415926535. So far, pi has been calculated to trillions of digits with no end in sight. How many pi digits can you memorize from this list of the first million digits of pi?
While some math aficiandos like to memorize and recite pi to 100 digits on Pi Day, we’d rather eat pie.
Seattle Pi Day
Listed below are places around the Puget Sound region where you can indulge in pie on March 14 and for that matter, any other time of the year.
Pi Day Specials
Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard features a whiskey and beer selection, along with cocktails, live music and food trucks. On PI(e) Day they host a pie raffle that includes pie samples from professional and amateur chefs along with a pie auction. All proceeds benefit The Vera Project, a collaborative youth-driven program in music and art.
The Works in Seattle offers a variety of cooking classes at their First Hill/Squire Park studio. They celebrate Pi Day with a contest. You can bring a pie for judging or simply attend as a taster/judge. The winner of the contest will get a free class at The Works plus a gift basket. This event is offered on a sliding scale–pay only what you can. Get on their email list to get notified about upcoming classes two days before they are announced to the public.
Downtown Seattle Association hosts two pie-eating contests: in Westlake Park and Occidental Square. Just how fast can you eat pie? The first person to finish their pie or have eaten the most within a certain time limit will win. The Westlake Park winner will receive a gift card to Serious Pie. The Occidental Square winner will receive a gift card to The London Plane. There are only 10 spots available, and it’s first come, first served! Sign up at the park kiosks in either park.
Bakeries & Cafes featuring pie
A la Mode Pies bakes pies in-house at their Seattle cafes in West Seattle and Phinney Ridge. Enjoy them by the slice or whole pie. Favorites include Strawberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Grasshopper, and Bourbon Butterscotch. On the savory side, they offer quiche daily and other savory pies in West Seattle. You can order whole pies online for pickup or delivery from Shoreline to Seatac.
Aussie Pie Company in Burien features two-inch party and 5-inch individual meat pies fllled with beef, chicken, or vegetables. You can order them frozen to reheat at home
Dahlia Bakery in downtown Seattle is famous for Tom Douglas’s Coconut Cream Pie. They also offer pie specials every month using seasonal ingredients as well as take special orders (48 hours advance notice). Their March pie specials are Sour Cherry and Key Lime pie.
Jack’s BBQ in Seattle’s SoDo nieghborhood features award winning pecan pie in addition to their menu of Texas BBQ meats and sides, including the savory Frito Pie.
Jesters Pies at Bellevue Square originally hails from Western Australia. Their sweet and savory pies are freshly made in store daily using ultra-thin puff filled with meat, cheese, egg, or fruit.
Pie Bar on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is the world’s first late night “pie only” cocktail lounge featuring savory and dessert pies along with craft and classic cocktails. Guests under 21 are welcome in the lower level.
Pie Bar Ballard is a family-owned business featuring artisinal pies and craft cocktails. The weekly rotating menu offers sweet and savory pies such as Bumble Berry Crumble, Boozy Nut, and Chicken Enchilada. Pair them with a pie-infused martini (“Pietinis”), craft cocktails, microbrew, cider on tap, wine, or their famous Apple Pie Moonshine Mule.
Piroshki on 3rd in downtown Seattle features baked turnovers using authentic recipes and buttery brioche dough filled with meat, vegetables, or fruit. These “hand pies” are great on-the-go snacks.
Piroshki Café & Bakery on Seattle’s First Hill offers meat, seafood, vegetable, and fruit filled buns handmade daily.
Simply Soulful Café in Seattle’s Madison Valley offers a southern menu of soul food favorites that are deliciously completed with home made sweet potato pie or peach cobbler.
Snohomish Pike Co in Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish has been baking delicious, handmade pies from scratch since 1996. Their selection includes fruit pies, cream pies, pecan pies, and seasonal flavors by the slice or whole pie. They bake pies daily and often sell out.
Sweet and Savory Pie in Fremont bakes from scratch and offers dozens of flavors daily in both sweet and savory pies. Traditional favorites include Chicken Pot Pie, Broccoli Cheddar, Peanut Butter Creaqm and Strawberry Rhubarb. But they have a long, long list of rotating selections. A few delicious selections include BBQ Pulled Pork, Mushroom Alfredo, Lemon Custard, and Salted Caramel Apple. Check their online menus for today’s selection. Or just go and indulge whatever strikes your fancy.
Best Puget Sound Pizzerias
The Puget Sound region has an amazing number of pizzerias. This is by no means an exhaustive list but includes some regional favorites as well as hidden gems you may want to discover on Pi Day or any day.
Astoria Pizza & Pasta in Lynnwood gets rave reviews for their pastas and pizzas from regulars who have been coming to the restaurant for years. They offer a long list of traditional pizzas and specialty pies.
Big Mario’s Pizza in central Seattle has three locations offering New York style pizza with a variety of traditional and trendy toppings. Whole pies featuring whole milk mozzarella, house made sauce and hand-made dough are available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. For late night pizza attacks, Mario’s is open late.
Breezy Town Pizza on Seattle’s Beacon Hill inside the Clock-Out Lounge (all ages until 8PM) features Chicago and Detroit inspired deep-dish pan pizza on sourdough and a unique blend of mozzarella and Wisconsin Brick Cheese. Their pizza is both authentic and adventuresome. Not to mention delicious. Dine-in during happy hour and enjoy 20% off. Or check out their sibling, Windy City Pie.
Brooklyn Bros Pizzeria has locations throughout the north Sound (Camono Island, Everett, Mukilteo, Mill Creek). Their thin crust New York style pizzas are made with San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy, whole milk mozzarella cheese, handmade sausage, and fresh vegetables.
Cathouse Pizza & Pasta in Snohomish is a family owned and operated restaurant featuring New York style thin crust pizzas on homemade dough in traditional and specialty combos such as Steak, Thai, and Goat Cheese.
Dino’s Tomato Pie on Seattle’s Capitol Hill (21+ only) features pizza and drinks. Pizzas can be ordered in a traditional round as well as square Sicilian-style pie. Choose from a variety of house pizzas or customize your own. Dino’s is open late.
Evviva Woodfired Pizza in Edmonds and Seattle on Queen Anne bakes traditional Neapolitan pizza in a wood-fired oven using imported San Marzano tomatoes and Prosciutto de Parma from Italy, mozzarella, and Zoe’s artisan cured meats.
Flying Squirrel Pizza Co in neighborhoods throughout Seattle (Georgetown, Maple Leaf, Seward Park). Their pizza uses handmade dough and sauce made fresh daily topped with Zoe’s Meats, Salumi Artisan Cured Meats, house made sausages, locally farmed vegetables when available, coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and ice cream from Snoqualmie Ice Cream.
Humble Pie near Seattle’s International District is a rustic outdoor eatery featuring traditional wood-fired artisanal pizzas with northwest flair.
Pagliacci Pizza has been a Seattle favorite since 1979. With multiple locations in Seattle and on the eastside, your never far from delicious traditional, seasonal, and custom pizzas, as well as salads, calzone, breadsticks, pasta, beer, wine, and gelato. Install the Pagliacci Pizza app to make ordering convenient as well as take advantage of loyalty rewards.
Paranormal Pie in south Seattle features traditional, vegetarian, and Mediterranean-inspired pizzas in their tiny Rainier Beach location for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Specialty pies include Greek Gyro, Kafta Kabab, Zaatar, and Halal.
Pizzaiolo Wood Fired Pizza in Kirkland offers authentic Napoli style Italian pizza featuring San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, and favorite traditional toppings on thin crust.
Pizza Addict in Renton is a small, family-owned pizzeria. Their wood oven was imported from Naples, Italy to bring you creative and delicious pizzas which cook at 900° and are ready in minutes. Choose from two types of crust, unique specialty pies, or build your own custom pizza.
Pizza Pizazz in Federal Way and Lakewood has been a south Sound favorite for over 18 years. Pizazz offers traditional toppings and specialty combos in several sizes and are also known for their stuffed pizza rolls (like a mini calzone).
Pizza Studio in Lakewood and Tukwila offers a unique menu of specialty pizzas (Buffalo Chicken, Skinny Greek…) or create your own from five types of crust including gluten free, six types of sauce, plus cheeses, vegetables, and meats.
Pizzeria Credo in West Seattle offers wood fired Napoletano-style, thin-crust pizza made from imported Italian flour and tomatoes, homemade mozzarella, and traditional toppings in a family-friendly restaurant with full bar.
Pizzeria Pulcinella in southeast Seattle features authentic Neapolitan pizza certified by the Verace Pizza Napolitana Association. Their pizzas are made with soft wheat flour from southern Italy, Italian tomatoes, mozzarella, and traditional toppings.
Pop’s Pizza & Pasta in Federal Way has traditional, vegetarian, and specialty pizzas (like Taco and Greek) using homemade dough and offers a variety of crust styles and sauces to customize your pizza.
Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria in Bellevue features craft beers to go along with their Roman-style or “Pizza Alla Pala” pizza in a family-friendly atmosphere. The 72-hour dough results in a pizza crust with remarkable flavor and crisp-chewy crust.
Rock Wood Fired Pizza started in Tacoma and now has locations in several states is still a home town favorite. They have traditional tomato and white pizzas, plus several specialty pies such as BBQ Pulled Pork and Walnut Pear.
Serious Pie pizzeria in downtown Seattle serves up pies with blistered crusts, house made charcuterie, artisan cheeses, and other carefully selected ingredients. You’ll find them at two locations in downtown Seattle. Pair your pizza pie with a beverage from their extensive list of cocktails, beers, and wine. Visit them in the late afternoon for happy hour and you can slice your cost as well as your pie.
Steph’s Pizza in University Place (south of Tacoma) features traditional and specialty pizza toppings. Be sure to check their specials for discounts on pizza, wine, and beer.
Tandoori Pizza in Issaquah is an Indian-inspired gourmet pizza place with handmade pizzas featuring traditional (pepperoni, cheese) and specialty toppings such as tandoori chicken and palak paneer. It’s a budget-friendly spot with large pizzas for ten bucks and specials of the day for even less.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria was founded in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood and now has five neighborhood restaurants in Seattle, Bellevue and Issaquah. The wood-fired pizzas are prepared in Neopolitan tradition following strict adherence to the culinary discipline of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), including the ingredients used and the cooking method. It was the first pizzeria in the Northwest to receive the coveted VPN certification.
Via Tribunali on Capitol Hill bakes authentic Neapolitan pizza in their wood-fired brick oven. Built by a master craftsman who assembled bricks made from the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius, both (the craftsman and the bricks) were imported from Naples. This unique oven bakes up fragrant pizza enclosed in a high, soft edge of crust. As a member of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, Via Tribunali bakes up authentic Neapolitan pizza using specific preparation, ingredients, and method of cooking.
Wicked Pie Pizza in Puyallup is steeped in family tradition using recipes from the owner’s Italian grandfather and pizza dough made daily, homemade sauce, whole milk mozzarella, and traditional sauces.
There you have it. Try any of these places on March 14, or any other day during the year you are craving pie.