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.
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Like at Mod or Pizza Studio, diners select from a list of specialty pizzas or design their own.
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).
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.
The Pizza Press
Where: 2805 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
Info: 253-212-0639 or thepizzapress.com