There are three places in town to get really good pizza – Old School, Vic’s and Dirty Dave’s. So, I want to know, what is it with Pizza, posters and the 1970’s?
Old School Pizzeria is located at between 4th Ave. & State St. at: 108 Franklin St., Olympia, WA 98501 Tel: 360-786-9640
Old School Pizza pulls in a hip crowd. Locally owned since 1995, their retro poster decor and pitcher of beer smack of the classic pizza joint. To my knowledge they are one of the few places that offers Oly Beer cans. This is New York style pizza with a west coast twist. Their crust is thin and crispy and the offer toppings like roasted garlic, eggplant, artichokes, feta, fresh basil and roasted potatoes. They also offer local beers on tap, salads and calzones. If you are looking for a veggie pizza, this is a brilliant place to go to.
Vic’s is located at 233 Division St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502 Tel: 360-943-8044
Nothing screams liberal like Vic’s Pizzeria. They certainly know their demographic. Salads with baby spring greens, organic beer on tap and ingredients like pine nuts, walnuts, mango salsa and tofu are offered for their build your own pizza. It is a Vegan pizza oasis. They offer pizza by the slice, espresso, baked goods and free wi-fi. This is one of the few pizza places where you have to ask for “no tofu, no broccoli”.
When I was a kid we used to go to Dirty Dave’s for pizza and I loved it. It made you feel grown-up. They serve beer and the atmosphere is akin to a tavern. The wall used to be completely covered with posters until the fire department put the nix on that. It’s a little more family oriented these days and you can actually see parts of the wall now, but it’s still essentially the same. Technically it’s called Dirty Dave’s Gay 90’s Pizza, but somehow the Gay 90’s got stuck in the 1970’s. Some of their poster would sell on E-Bay for big bucks. I particularly like the one of Dick Nixon with the caption, “would you buy a used car from this man?” There is a piano, a big screen TV, video games and party rooms for rent. Their pasta is mediocre. If you want a salad borrow a line from Intolerable Cruelty, “an iceberg lettuce and a mealy tomato wedge smothered with French Dressing” and you will get exactly that. But their Gay 90’s special is a favorite with sausage, pepperoni and cashews. If you are looking for classic, greasy, meaty pizza, a pitcher of cheap beer and a fun time, this is the place to go.