No one could have told Tacomans 5 years ago we would be on our way to having the best pizza selection in the South Sound. There was almost nothing around, there were the chains and possibly one or two moms and pops that serviced the neighborhood they were located but we did not have the pizza prowess we do today. Getting a slice is the easiest it’s ever been without going to the mall for something franchised and downtown Tacoma is leading the charge with the latest arrival - APIZZA.
Last September a man named Marshall started tilling the soil to plant his flag in the downtown area as a restaurateur and he chose the second building on the North side of the 9th and Pacific Ave. It’s a beautiful space, once a gallery owned by the inspiring artist Lisa Kinoshita called ‘Matter’. I first bumped into him on an early morning heading into the office. He was trying to understand why there was a line of people so early in a very quiet downtown. It was during this first encounter that he mentioned his intentions in short and told me to keep things on the hush. So I did. He waited awhile but as renovations began to come to a close the soil was primed and that flag went from planted to beautifully painted across the front of the building. An Italian flag, a statement and bullseye simultaneously. It says, come try an authentic slice as opposed to the gourmet or fusion pies that have amassed popularity in Tacoma. Prior to opening, restaurant owner Marshall was featured in local press explaining his purpose with APIZZA (pronounced ah-beetz) is to provide pizza with heritage to its origin - Southwest Italy. So far the slices are standing true to the talk and he’s providing gelato as well adding a new option to downtown’s variety. I recommend the cheese and get two or your mouth will be watering waiting for the next slice to finish cooking to its most authentic self. The fan favorite in our office was the pesto.
It was only a few months ago they plugged in the silver neon backlit APIZZA sign but they are getting glowing reviews.
821 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
Current hours (subject to change):
Wednesday 4–9 PM
Thursday 4–9 PM
Friday 4–10 PM
Saturday 4–10 PM
Sunday 4–8 PM
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