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Tacoma's newest pizza restaurant opens with 20 craft beer taps and it's safe for kids, too

The Tribune pizza, a blend of pepperoni and sausage with red onion, mushroom, roasted red bell pepper, kalamata olives and ricotta cheese, from the The Pizza Press.
The Tribune pizza, a blend of pepperoni and sausage with red onion, mushroom, roasted red bell pepper, kalamata olives and ricotta cheese, from the The Pizza Press. skidd@thenewstribune.com

The Pizza Press opened Thursday in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood.

This is the first Washington state location for The Pizza Press, which is California-based and has locations from California to Florida.

The new location is in a neighborhood brimming with pizza options. Half Pint, Engine House No. 9, Farrelli’s, West End Pub, Mona’s Pizza, Loose Wheel and The Cloverleaf Tavern are all along a three-mile stretch of Sixth Avenue. Consider The Pizza Press the fast-food response to all those restaurants with table service.

Diners order at the counter and wait for their number to be called. The experience can be in-and-out fast, much like the setup at pizza chains Mod Pizza and Pizza Studio, which have been multiplying around the region since 2013.

Like at Mod or Pizza Studio, diners select from a list of specialty pizzas or design their own.

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The dining room of Pizza Press in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue neighborhood. Sue Kidd skidd@thenewstribune.com

At Pizza Press, specialty pies range from $6.75 to $9 or pay $9 for the build-your-own option and alert the counter worker, just as with Subway or Chipotle, what kind of toppings to put on the pie. The pizza is cooked in a conveyor belt oven positioned near the counter.

The restaurant’s menu also includes salads ($4 to $8), daily lunch specials ($8) children's meals ($7.50, with a drink and dessert) and dessert ($2 to $5).

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Find Pizza Press in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue neighborhood. Sue Kidd skidd@thenewstribune.com

The theme of the restaurant is newspapers, with pizzas named after The Daily, The Herald, The Chronicle, The Sun and more.

Toppings include a few harder-to-find options such as vegan cheese ($1 extra), chevre, ricotta, hand-crumbled feta and perlini mozzarella. There’s also an option of a gluten-free crust ($2 extra). There’s a choice of “finishers” that include a balsamic glaze, basil pesto, sriracha, fresh herbs and wild arugula.

For non alcoholic beverages, Coke products at a self-service fountain.

Here’s an unusual thing: fast casual food paired with craft brew. The Pizza Press list includes more than 20 options with several IPAs, a sour, fruit beer, oatmeal stout, porter, milk stout on nitro and a cider. Craft brews looked heavy on West Coast beers from California to Bellingham. Locally, Puyallup River Brewing and Narrows are represented.

Sue Kidd: 253-597-8270, @tntdiner

The Pizza Press

Where: 2805 Sixth Ave., Tacoma

Info: 253-212-0639 or thepizzapress.com

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