There are quite a few bars in Seattle that also serve pizza, but Dino’s is our favorite spot to get a pie and a brown liquor cocktail. Unlike the “New York-Style” pizzerias in Seattle that can’t keep their promises, Dino’s Tomato Pie actually delivers.
This place is run by the same people behind Delancey - the minimalist pizza spot in Ballard - but Dino’s is pretty much its opposite. Starting with the website, which is covered in flashing graphics and rainbow lettering and many exclamation points, Dino’s feels like a place you’d find in New Jersey, not Capitol Hill. Aside from the many red neon signs, the space is dark, the bar is long, the booths are big - and, most importantly - the pizza is good. There are two kinds here - round, thin-crust ones, and what you’re really here for: thick-crust Sicilian pizzas. Chewy on the inside, crisp to the point of being nearly-carcinogenic on the outside, these square pies might make you rethink everything you thought about thick-crusted pizza.
If you can brave an occasionally disorganized line (there’s no host, so on a busy weekend, getting a table is like getting a flat screen TV at Walmart on Black Friday), come with friends and grab a huge booth in the casino-like darkness. A hot salami Sicilian pie with some Long Island iced teas on tap is the perfect kickoff to a Cap Hill night out.