When you think of the year 1974, what comes to mind?
Watergate. The Space Race. Bell bottom jeans. Maybe Barbara Streisand’s The Way We Were.
How about the beginning of Southwest Washington’s Papa Pete’s Pizza?
If you haven’t stumbled upon Papa Pete’s yet, it’s time to get your next pizza fix there! For over four decades the team at Papa Pete’s has been serving up amazing pizza thanks to their proprietary dough and sauce recipes.
I love supporting this family-owned-and-operated business and regularly wish that they’d migrate a bit farther north so I don’t have to wait so often between my Papa Pete’s meals. For now, southwest Washington claims Papa Pete’s with locations in Ridgefield, Longview, Castle Rock, and Centralia.
Everything about their pizza is delicious, but I think the cornmeal crust really makes it stand out. This type of crust is rare - crispy on the bottom, but with a soft crust - pretty much, perfection! I don’t know how they do it! The only other pizza joint I’ve come across that manages such a heavenly combination is Oregon’s Fultano’s Pizza.
The goodness doesn’t stop at the crust though. Of course not! With 27 pizza varieties, Papa Pete’s surely has a topping combination for every pizza lover out there. Our family is a huge fan of the Sweet ‘n Spicy - sweet from pineapple, spicy from pepperoni. We always order the biggest pizza (sometimes two!) and plan for leftovers. Nothing is better than pizza leftovers, right?
When my sister and I visit together we opt for the Taco Pizza. Now, I may have lost you there, but cross my heart, it is 100% ok to merge tacos and pizza. They may seem like two different genres of food, but this mash up is mash-mazing! Ask for extra taco sauce and get ready to shout, “Pizza Deliciousa!” Because ya’ll, it is. The cornmeal crust piled high with taco fixin’s is a total must.
Papa Pete’s Pizza embodies that old school charm of pizza places from yesteryear. Often birthday parties and sports teams will gather - most locations have large party rooms you can reserve - and arcade games make Papa Pete’s a fun destination for kids. But that’s just the icing on the cake (or should I say the pepperoni on the pie?), because truly, folks come for the pizza and they come back again and again and again for the pizza. Hands down, Papa Pete’s wins for best pizza in Southwest Washington and beyond.
Next time you’re traveling along I-5, plan a meal stop at Papa Pete’s for sure. They’re all conveniently located near the freeway:
Exit 82, 933 Harrison Ave, Centralia
Exit 49, 1163 Mt. St. Helens Way NE, Castle Rock
Exit 40, 5614 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview
Exit 14, 109 South 65th Ave, Ridgefield
Centralia Longview, and Ridgefield also offer a drive-thru for call ahead orders!