The Pesto Slice @ Hot Mama’s Pizza

Grab a slice for National Pizza Day 🍕

📸: Courtesy Hot Mama’s Pizza

Editor’s Note: Thursday, February 9th, is National Pizza Day, but you can eat pizza any day 😋

Someone once told me a pizza isn’t a pizza without red sauce—but I’m not here to gatekeep. The beauty of living in Seattle, a city without a distinct namesake pizza, is that there are a diversity of pies available to carb-lovers of all palates. National Pizza Day is on Thursday, February 9th. Use the day as an excuse to celebrate the freestyle slice at a pizza sanctuary near you. 

Among the manifold cheap late-night food choices in Capitol Hill, the famous New York-style 🍕PESTO SLICE🍕 at Hot Mama’s Pizza serves serious main character energy. The star: an herbaceous, green base confidently announcing itself from underneath a chewy layer of bubbly, golden-brown mozzarella and salty feta crumbles. Yeah, the crunchy, thick crust isn’t as foldable as those of its east coast cousins, but it has helped fill the pizza-shaped hole in my heart after nights of misadventure. To really romanticize your life, bask in the glow of neon at one of the wiry, graffiti-and-sticker-laden tables on the sidewalk and watch the world go by. 

Owners Krista and David Nelson and crew have been slinging ‘za in the neighborhood since 1995. Pesto is a mainstay among their to-go slices, but try 🍕MAMA’S CHOICE🍕 if it’s available. The addition of tomato slices, mushrooms, and roasted garlic kick this verdant pie up a notch. Another good choice: the sweet-and-savory 🍕BBQ CHICKEN🍕 slice topped with cilantro. To continue riding your big-city high: walk a block south to Salt & Straw for artisanal ice cream scoops, or head across the street to Linda’s Tavern for the Prickly Pear Margarita made with house-infused jalapeno tequila. 

🌶️ Visit Hot Mama’s Pizza @ 700 E Pine St in Capitol Hill, Seattle

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Meghna Jaradi

Meghna leads with her curiosity when writing about travel, food, and beverages. She previously wrote about cookbooks at Kitchen Arts & Letters, and has managed events and communications at Book Larder, Peddler Brewing Company, and Cascade Bicycle Club. She is newly pescatarian and a Seattle native. Follow along at @wanderingthali.