West Seattle restaurants: Pizzeria 22 adding ‘event space’

August 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 16 Comments

Pizzeria 22 in the Admiral District is adding a “private event space” next door, proprietor Cary Kemp tells WSB, saying he’s just signed the lease for the former tattoo-shop storefront:

Our plan is to turn the 800 square foot space into a private events facility hosting a cornucopia of events: wedding receptions, birthdays, banquets, corporate events, holiday parties, wine dinners and wine tastings, just to name a few. We will be putting a small pass through in the back of the space that will join both rooms together. This new facility will not alter the current Pizzeria 22 space and hopefully will not alarm many of our loyal customers that appreciate our small cozy atmosphere just the way it is. Other new additions to the new space will be large family style tables, a Caffe Vita espresso bar, and a dough making facility. I would like to have this space ready by Winter so we can ring in the holidays at Pizzeria 22!

It’ll also be available for overflow, and for more outside seating under the Pizzeria 22 banner. We asked Kemp about his Junction space, reported here earlier this year: “Quadrato is coming along. We have received our health permit and should receive the building permit next week. We’ll start construction then. We have also hired a great chef who will be running the space named Jim Seath. Jim opened many restaurants as chef for Ethan Stowell and is a West Seattleite. We have already begun canning and pickling in anticipation of our Fall opening.”

16 Comments

  1. What a great plan! Woohoo, I know where my next birthday party will be!

    Comment by WSgal — 9:59 pm August 2, 2013 #

  2. Forget event space, the restaurant needs more space.

    Comment by Chrisd — 11:04 pm August 2, 2013 #

  3. Congrats! We love this place, so great to see the success!

    Comment by pupsarebest — 11:55 pm August 2, 2013 #

  4. Thank you for posting this! I feel a “Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster” presentation might suit this new event space! Eat delicious pizza and learn about saving Puget Sound! What could be better than that?

    Comment by DiverLaura — 12:11 am August 3, 2013 #

  5. Great news! Start a bowl of clams for me; I’ll be there. Best restaurant in West Seattle.

    Comment by Frank W Post — 6:49 am August 3, 2013 #

  6. Great idea-wishing them success!

    Comment by Diane V — 7:24 am August 3, 2013 #

  7. I like the idea of an overflow area without changing the idea of the original space. I also love that they are expanding their restaurants in the same “town”.

    Comment by newnative — 1:22 pm August 3, 2013 #

  8. Would eat at pizza 22 if it had more dining space. I dislike eating at places where you get hit in the back by people having to turn sideways to get by you when your sitting at your table or at the bar. ( Skinny or overweught doesn’t matter )I think whoever made the descion about the event space must be beyond stick thin. Are they truly unaware of this problem?? There is literally more room behind the bar where the staff works than there is between the public bar area and the table area…!? Too bad, I think Pizza 22 is truly missing a great opportunity here. Please reconsider-

    Comment by Sideswiped while eating, bad design. — 6:13 pm August 3, 2013 #

  9. I love Pizzeria 22 and love that they’re expanding for events and whatnot. And regarding the space issues mentioned by Sideswiped, while it is tight at times, it is part of the cozy atmosphere and it’s also what makes you feel genuinely welcomed by staff and other diners. I’ve had many great conversations, laughs, and pizza in the tiny space with minimal side-swipage. If the tight quarters keep out the picky peeps, I’m okay with that too. :)

    Comment by Kravitz — 6:58 pm August 3, 2013 #

  10. Grumpasauruses. We love ventidue! Everything sounds great, Cary!

    Comment by biankat — 7:44 am August 4, 2013 #

  11. I’m with sideswipe. That’s why I don’t eat their or order to go. They have good quality food, but so do a ton of other locations near by.

    Comment by Mike — 9:04 am August 4, 2013 #

  12. Thanks, Kravitz, I was searching for a name; picky peeps.

    Comment by newnative — 11:45 am August 4, 2013 #

  13. I love Pizzeria 22, but it is waaaaay too hot inside during the summer – or even winter for that matter. I hope the added space helps vent out some of the heat from that oven!

    Comment by NotMe — 3:23 pm August 4, 2013 #

  14. Please bust the wall out to open up the space. Cozy does not mean getting bumped from behind from people walking behind you. Annoying would be the word.

    Comment by Munster — 5:29 pm August 4, 2013 #

  15. The small, cozy space reminds me of eating in many places in Europe where the proximity to your neighbor can lead to new and interesting conversations or friendships. The food also freaking rocks!

    Comment by Elizagrace — 8:44 am August 5, 2013 #

  16. I love Pizzeria 22, the staff are great and the food is consistently delicious. However, the repeated use of the word “cozy” seems a little extreme. Whenever I eat there (which is often) I am reminded of Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden in Fight Club – “”Now a question of ettiquitte, as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch?” Seriously Cary, use the other room as the dining room/espresso cafe and the current space for the bar.

    Comment by Bigbadcat — 4:58 pm August 5, 2013 #

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