Capitol Hill food+drink | Dino’s Tomato Pie serving pizza ’round or square’ since March 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 2.04.22 PMpizza-squareAs an experienced restaurateur battling with Seattle’s permitting backlog and booked-up contractors, Brandon Pettit says he feels fortunate to be nearly ready to take his newest creation out of the oven just in time to be part of CHS’s pizza spring.

“We’re starting to brick the ovens. Getting the bar finished up. Recipe testing right after Valentine’s Day,” Pettit said, running through his mental checklist for CHS. “Still anything can go wrong,” he said.

If all that works out, come March 1st, nostalgia-drenched Dino’s Tomato Pie will be open for business at the corner of E Olive Way and Denny — serving pizzas “round or square.”

That’s March 1st, 2016, by the way. Pettit and crew had some fun with the Dino’s marketing, rolling out a black star field-background-ed, animated pizza gif-ed, Netscape-friendly website for the restaurant billed with tongue in cheek as “Seattle’s oldest pizzeria.”

“We wanted to have a site that looked like a random Jersey pizza tavern,” Pettit said. There’s no telling if the circa-2000 site’s promises of “Real Cocktails, Garlic Knots, Jersey Salad, Calzone, Brownie or Blondies,” and  “Watermelon Popsicles” are real or creative teases. The new joint will be open “4ish to 2ish,” the site promises.

We first reported on the Capitol Hill addition to Pettit’s Ballard-based Delancey family last May as the project was taking over the former Money Mart space to create a neighborhood focused pizza joint and bar. Pettit told CHS he was looking forward to being part of the densely populated neighborhood around E Olive Way and part of a group of businesses focused on serving the nearby blocks. Pettit described Dino’s as a “walkable bar” with a pizza counter and lounge and plans to do “a lot of takeout and delivery.”

Dino’s signature will be its square pies. “Where I was from they usually called it Sicilian. Baked two or three times with a lot of burnt cheese around the corners — good drinking pizza,” Pettit told us last year.

In the meantime, Dino’s is hiring pizza cooks and focusing on the last construction elements. The buildout from Heliotrope Architects and Metis still has some work left to complete and Pettit said Dino’s might debut with a limited offerings — “might have square pizza, might have round” — as logistics around the ovens gets worked out.

You can keep track of opening plans and enjoy some old-school web surfing at dinostomatopie.com.Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 2.04.44 PM

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12 thoughts on “Capitol Hill food+drink | Dino’s Tomato Pie serving pizza ’round or square’ since March 2016

    • Just for the hell of it I decided to try out the helpfully-provided version of Netscape 4.72 (in a VM). It’s actually Netscape Communicator 4.73. The modern Internet works about as well as one would expect.

      Ironically, their own site is completely broken in it.

    • Yeah, there’s so much modern HTML in there there’s no way that is gonna render correctly. I think Communicator did CSS1? Still funny though.

    • Netscape 4 didn’t even support CSS1 – instead it supported its own crappy not-quite-stylesheets that got interpreted via JavaScript or something. Back in those days I always turned stylesheets off because they usually made things worse, not better, and I know of a lot of people who just plain did not trust CSS because of how janky Netscape’s implementation was. (Not that IE’s was much better, but at least it didn’t cause your computer to hang… usually…)

    • Completely right, Fluffy. This new old horse would never actually work in Navigator, though that’s a possibility going down the road. The real fun of the website (in addition to simply being an homage to the golden age of Geocities websites / the ridiculous websites of the small-town joints B.P. and I both grew up around) is that we’re adding to it anew every few days. Or once every ten years. We’ll see!

      Love that you saw the midi file, though!

  1. Is there any news on what happened to Bleu Bistro? They have had a sign up for a while saying they are closed for an emergency. However, a “for lease” sign appeared a week or so ago on the window as well, which seems to not be good news.

  2. Tomato pie has many definitions….

    To some people (including people I grew up with in nj) , Tomato pie is just another name for pizza of any style.

    To some it is pizza (round or square) that has the sauce on top of the cheese (my own (jersey-born and raised) mother follows this definition).

    To some it has to do with texture, a crispy square pizza (like Difara in Brooklyn) may be called Sicilian ( or simply square) and a softer chewier one (like l &b Spumoni gardens) is called tomato pie.

    To some it has to do with thickness. Grandma pie is thin, sicilian is thicker, and tomato pie is even thicker (or thinner depending on who you talk to).

    To some there is a difference between Tomato Pie and Tomato Pies. There are many regional definitions of tomato pie even within New Jersey (not to mention ny and pa) as well as disagreements between different families about the definitions, as well as disagreements among individual families about the definitions of tomato pie. (My sister and mother and I disagree about this one).

    Apizza by any other name would small as sweet.

  3. I grew up just north of NYC, and square pizza with a thicker crust that was usually very crispy on the bottom was called “Sicilian”. I’ve eaten at Difara in Brooklyn, but never had their square pizza. Their round pizza is transcendent, and the old man, a maestro of the Pizzaioli.

    I’m no fan of amanti, but really? a pizza shop right across the street from a pizza shop? one of them is not gonna make it.

  4. What’s the scoop with the Amante racket across the street? I noticed they’ve turned off that screaming bright animated sign. I’m still unsure how that location has stayed in business for 10+ years.