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Proletariat: Have you tried 'the pizza that made White Center famous?'

Math can be really hard for some of us. Quadratic equations aside, here’s a really simple formula you’ll be able to remember and is highly applicable to real life. Good pizza + good drinks + incredible tiramisu = heaven found in White Center.

Proletariat Pizza, also known as the pizza that made White Center famous, includes all the right components for a culinary equation that we’re positive you can memorize. Owner Jin Chang says Proletariat gets this equation right by focusing on excellent quality.

In combination with a team of inventive kitchen staff, Proletariat Pizza offers some incredible flavor combinations that reach far beyond what we’re used to on pizza.

By definition, Proletariat is for the people, by the people. In all aspects, Chang embodies that in the operation. Every menu item is a curated collaboration, the beer selection features local breweries, and the luxurious tiramisu is Chang’s personal responsibility in the kitchen each day.

“We try to make sure the quality is as top notch as possible,” he said.

But the proof is in the people coming to eat at Proletariat. While the neighborhood haunt is incredibly popular within Rat City, Chang said he’s recently had customers come from Tacoma, Port Angeles, and even Portland to taste the pizza that made White Center famous.

To some, it may seem a bit ridiculous to drive several hours for pizza, but the flavor combinations at Proletariat are one-of-a-kind. The Potato is Chang’s favorite pie with thinly sliced red potatoes, chives, and gorgonzola cheese with olive oil and a tomato sauce. Another popular choice is The Favorite. The pie features Mondo & Sons Italian sausage from Tukwila, fresh garlic and Mama Lil's Pickled Peppers. But at some point, it’s mandatory to try the White Center White with ricotta and mozzarella cheese and fresh garlic on Proletariat's fantastic crust. If you really can’t decide, opt for a half and half pizza and choose two to go on one pie.

If you’re interested in broadening your pizza topping resume, Sunday is the day for you at Proletariat. It’s the day they serve new pies by the slice to get customer feedback on if the new pizza should make the seasonal or permanent menu.

“We love to try out new menu items,” Chang said. “The cooks conjure up new pies, but we all kind of helped to come up with them, as well. Then we sell them by the slice and see what customers like best.”

There’s even more reason to head to White Center for epic pizza because they’re all available on a gluten-free crust, which Chang said customers rave about. “We've been told by everyone that that's the best gluten-free crust they've ever had.”

The recently reopened bar is slinging some of the neighborhood’s best drinks too, from a watermelon mojito to the Ratzilla Tea, a take on a Tokyo Iced Tea. Plus, there’s always a Bloody Mary which means you’re getting your vegetables in liquid form as well as pizza toppings at Proletariat.

Grab a pizza that made White Center famous at 9622-A 16th Ave SW in White Center. Proletariat Pizza is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9.

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