There’s a new pizza joint on Ballard Ave.: Ethan Stowell’s newest creation, Ballard Pizza Company, is set to open early next week. Located on the southern end of Ballard Ave., (5107 Ballard Ave NW) Stowell’s new restaurant will offer six to ten New York-style pizzas by the slice, and a laundry list of toppings.
The restaurant, housed in an old brick building with a glass garage door front, is the first of the Grubb Brothers company, a group of new restaurants which Stowell envisions will be “fast-food redefined,” as he told Seattle Eater. The new line of restaurants will be fast, casual, and inexpensive. The Ballard Pizza Company follows that description, with $2.50 cheese slices and $3 daily specials. Large cheese pizzas are $15, and toppings are $1.50 each. The toppings list ranges from classic options (pepperoni, mushrooms, olives) to the more adventurous toppers like eggplant, arugula, broccoli and potato. Also on the menu are three hand tossed salads, stromboli, and four pasta and gnocchi options.
Stowell, whose other restaurants include Anchovies & Olives, How to Cook a Wolf, Tavolata, and Staple & Fancy (just a block south on Ballard Ave.), says he wanted to create a restaurant that is, “basic, good and inexpensive.” A few pies he says will be signature of the restaurant include the pepperoni and pineapple, and the anchovies and olives (homage to his Italian seafood restaurant on Capitol Hill). The broccoli and roasted garlic white pie will also be a standout, says Stowell. “No one puts broccoli on pizza here!” he said, laughing.
The restaurant also has beers on tap, including locals like Hilliards and Two Beers. A long list of regional and Italian wines will also be available.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and open late till 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. They expect to start delivery in June.