West Seattle restaurants: Quadrato on the way to The Junction

Sandwiches, salads, and pan pizza by the slice are all on the way to 4304 SW Oregon in The Junction, via restaurateur Cary Kemp, who opened Pizzeria 22 two years ago in Admiral. He tells WSB:

It is an old storefront from the 1920’s and was once a deli in the 1970’s. It will be called Quadrato, which means square in Italian, and we will use many of the imported Italian ingredients used at Pizzeria 22 to make sandwiches, salads, as well as Roman and Sicilian-style sheet pan pizza, which is cut into large squares and sold by the slice. Also available will be grilled panini sandwiches as well as Italian wine and local beer. We will be baking our own cookies and other sweets for dessert.

Cary adds:

The place is very small and will have counter-style seating with about 10 bar stools for indoor dining, also outdoor seating during the warmer months of the year. This will be a comfortable place to take a date for lunch or dinner, or order to go. We will also be teaming up with the Beer Junction and delivering our food to their location around the corner. We are very excited to be a part of the Alaska Junction and the great diversity of local stores that make this community one of the best in Seattle for buying and shopping local!

As always, it’s hard to predict how long it will take to remodel a space – this one used to be an insurance office – but Cary says his architect says they might be ready “as early as August!”

47 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Quadrato on the way to The Junction"

  • West Seattle Hipster May 30, 2013 (4:56 pm)

    Nice! Now this is a restaurant I can get excited about.

  • Ian May 30, 2013 (4:57 pm)

    What is with all the pizza? Another one? Thankfully they sell other things, but dang, you can’t leave that to the numerous others in the junction already doing that? It is like all the development – a bunch more of what we already have and don’t want more of.

  • Dave May 30, 2013 (5:26 pm)

    Sicilian slices, you got my attention!

  • Kip May 30, 2013 (5:57 pm)

    Sounds good, but Cary PLEASE be realistic with the seating arrangements at quadrato, I won’t go to pizza 22 anymore. While the pizza is delicious the seating situation is always cramped & terrible. Even for a smaller person if you sit at a table in the isle seat or at the bar every time someone walks by server, customer, child, you get pushed in the back. It’s so tight in that it’s not worth paying the high prices. Try turning the tables or another arrangement… You may get a few less customers but I bet you would have much more loyal & happier customers. The unfortunate part is when I want a great wood fired pizza ( which I think you have) I make the long drive to Fremont and Queen Anne’s Via Tribunali or even sometimes to Mioposto in the Mount Baker Neighborhood. It’s really too bad that your doing pan pizza instead of wood fired In the new place. I would love go / support somewhere local that’s comfortable and has good traditional pizza. Good luck-

  • leslie May 30, 2013 (6:00 pm)

    Cool, this is right around the corner from my condo building! I’ll certainly check it out when it opens..:-)

  • coffee May 30, 2013 (6:33 pm)

    as long as the pricing is good, I will be excited. I am not excited to pay 10.00 for a sandwich.

  • Chris W May 30, 2013 (6:40 pm)

    I, too, am nervous about the owner of Pizzeria 22 warning that the new place will be small after experiencing the uncomfortable seating at P22. But the new place is walking distance to my house and the food will still be hot. So yay. Look forward to giving them a try.

  • Dave May 30, 2013 (6:41 pm)

    Um Kip Roman/Sicillian style is about as traditional as it gets, ever been to Italy?

  • Katy Walum May 30, 2013 (6:59 pm)

    YYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY! Thanks for bringing more deliciousness to West Seattle, Cary!

  • Kip May 30, 2013 (7:07 pm)

    Um Dave, wood fired “traditional” pizza was the focus topic on my post. Thanks for the pizza lesson…

  • WSGrrrl May 30, 2013 (7:38 pm)

    Yawn. How about something health driven for a change.

  • CJ May 30, 2013 (7:44 pm)

    It all sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try the place.

  • Pam May 30, 2013 (7:52 pm)

    We’ve been looking for good Sicilian pizza since we got back from vacation in New York – thick, delicious – no luck yet! Looking forward to your opening!

  • QQman May 30, 2013 (8:03 pm)

    People please, Salumi is small, tight and crowded but you still go for the good food. If they can make good stuff at Quadrato, I will stand in line and get it to go. There are many good bars and pubs in town that allow outside food. Good job, you got my attention!

  • Smitty May 30, 2013 (8:31 pm)

    Oh thank god! I was afraid we were going to get another Subway!

    This is *West Seattle*, you know!

    Subway’s need to be sent to the slums of Magnolia!

  • Last53BusRider May 30, 2013 (8:42 pm)

    Love square pizza slices. They have more structural integrity.

  • Maureen May 30, 2013 (10:15 pm)

    Finally a place for a quick salad or sandwich! WS is missing a place like this. Looking forward to the opening!

  • Rhonda May 30, 2013 (10:18 pm)

    @ Kip, Tribunali is also in Georgetown and has fantastic seating, not as far as QA and a better food vibe for obvious reasons.

  • Morgan (The Beer Junction) May 30, 2013 (10:41 pm)

    Congrats Cary! I love Pizzeria 22 and am looking forward to trying the sandwiches, pizzas and more at the new spot. And it will be great to team up for service at The Beer Junction. Good luck with the build out!

  • Biankat May 30, 2013 (11:36 pm)

    Excellent news. Love me the Italiano food. Mangiamo!

  • Last53BusRider May 31, 2013 (12:20 am)

    I can’t believe gluten hasn’t been mentioned yet.

  • MrB May 31, 2013 (6:25 am)

    Excellent news. Best of luck with the new endeavor.

  • Kimberley May 31, 2013 (6:59 am)

    Hey Morgan – what’s your preferred pizza at Pizzeria 22?

    I’m all for Sicilian Slices! I brought back a tray of pizza from my beloved Framingham Baking Company back in March and managed to make it last a month. I can’t wait to try out the new place!

  • zipline May 31, 2013 (7:08 am)

    Are the square pizzas like the ones they served back in elementary school?

  • 33Pete May 31, 2013 (7:08 am)

    This is awesome news. An Italian sandwich place is exactly what I’ve been craving. If you’ve ever been to Botticelli downtown, you know what I’m talking about – lights out amazing.

    P22 is great too. And yes, I get that its small, but honestly, that place is a blast to go to and the fact that its the size of a postage stamp, with that oven right in the room with you, only adds to the comfort.

    Best of luck – I’ll be one of the first in line (or maybe next door slinging down a beer at the Beer Junction and ordering out).

  • LStephens May 31, 2013 (7:51 am)


    You need to spread your wings. West Seattle is not missing great places for a quick salad and sandwich! You do a great disservice to many local people who are likely your neighbors. Try Husky Deli, West5, the Chelan Cafe, Luna Park Aroma Pho, Kokoros, Zatz, to name just a few. Also check out Metropolitan Market, Safeway, QFC and Thriftway who all make their salads, sandwiches, etc. fresh daily, on-site, by request, with quality ingredients and again, VERY likely made by friends and neighbors from our community. Just curious what you think is missing?

  • sam-c May 31, 2013 (8:13 am)

    I like pizza and I like choices… but my comment is sorta related to Ian’s- there is so much pizza in west seattle. I can’t wait til West seattle gets a top pot, specialty’s and/or a boom noodle. I really like those places.

  • Cary Kemp May 31, 2013 (8:28 am)

    Thank you all for the comments. I would like to clarify to Last53busrider that I forgot to mention that I will most likely be using a gluten free bread option from Great Harvest for sandwiches! See you all in August I hope!

  • Elizagrace May 31, 2013 (8:59 am)

    Hurray – welcome to a second junction second spot Cary! Looking forward to it and I can’t wait to tell my husband about the dynamic duo team you have coming! Awesome!!

  • Laurie May 31, 2013 (9:45 am)

    Is this right next door to Fiddlehead? That’s a really sweet restaurant with good food and nice people. Support a local, fresh and healthy business and eat there some time!

    • WSB May 31, 2013 (9:53 am)

      Same block – from the south side of Many Moons, eastward. Brunette Mix (WSB sponsor) is in that block too.

  • AE May 31, 2013 (10:22 am)

    Cookies? Will you have Italian cookies? The almond ones with pine nuts or the pink and green trees with the thin layer of chocolate? God, I miss the east coast sometimes :).

  • themightyrabbit May 31, 2013 (10:52 am)

    More pizza huh. Well sure it’s good pizza, I understand that.

    However it was kids choice for dinner out last night. They opted for Pho instead.

  • Ajax May 31, 2013 (11:53 am)

    If I ever thought for a split second about starting a business in West Seattle, I’d just read comments about any new restaurant opening on the WSB and that would stop me cold in my tracks. Can’t wait for Sicilian pie and perhaps literally rubbing elbows with my neighbors (the horror, it’s like we live in a big city or something!)

    • WSB May 31, 2013 (11:59 am)

      That would be silly. Much as we love and appreciate the thousand or so readers who take the time to share their views now and then, there are 139,000 other regular readers (hi!) who don’t have/take the time to comment, and they are potential customers too :) – TR

  • miws May 31, 2013 (12:32 pm)

    I understand your being discouraged, Ajax, but my totally unresearched opinion is that WSB has been a great resource for impending businesses.


    It gets the word out, gets people excited about the new business, and gives potential customers a chance to put out “wish lists” for menu items and such, that may very well assist the new owner, in what direction to take his or her business.


    But, yeah, the downer or whiny, or outright snarky comments, and non-constructive criticism, gets mighty tiresome.



  • Goober1 May 31, 2013 (12:37 pm)

    This is great news Cary! We love Pizzeria 22 and the fabulous staff. Salute.

  • Junctionite May 31, 2013 (1:40 pm)

    Boom Noodle would be great, but I wouldn’t count on something like that ever coming to West Seattle. I’d also like a Genki, also not holding my breath.

  • newnative May 31, 2013 (1:45 pm)

    The irony of the whiners and orthorexic foodies is that their complaints just need to be put in context. After traveling in Japan and Spain, I really appreciate smaller spaces and narrow food choices. In the big scheme of things, they broaden the overall foodie choice in a community.

  • W Sea Neighbor May 31, 2013 (3:14 pm)

    Now that @newnative mentioned Spain, wouldn’t a Basque place be great in West Sea? Pintxos anyone?

  • Dessert? May 31, 2013 (4:11 pm)

    Furget the guns. Grab the cannoli! Any chance for a good one?

  • newnative May 31, 2013 (5:38 pm)

    Pintxos minus, “do you have reservations?”. Basque bar food is excellent but I would love to see simple, cheap Andalusian tapas and rations.

  • snowball May 31, 2013 (7:23 pm)

    Exciting! I haven’t had a good pizza since I moved here from NY. Yes, there are a lot of pizza places in West Seattle, but not a lot of good ones – I can’t wait to try this one! I am even getting my hopes up and crossing my fingers that they have cannolis!

  • diane May 31, 2013 (7:58 pm)

    @Kip also,the new Pizzeria Credo in the old Garlic Jim’s space has a fabulous wood fired oven!

  • Amy June 2, 2013 (1:46 pm)

    I wish these new pizza places that keep cropping up would deliver. Seems like it would be an especially good idea for this one, considering the limited seating. I don’t always want to deal with parking in the Junction just to pick up a pizza. It would be nice to have an option other than Pagliacci for delivery of quality, non-major chain pizza.

    • WSB June 2, 2013 (1:55 pm)

      I’m not so sure this is intended to be a non-slice pizza place, but we’ll check with Cary (if he doesn’t see the comment first). Sounded to me more like the Bakery Nouveau model, where homemade-style by-the-piece/slice pizza is just part of the repertoire. Since Pagliacci doesn’t deliver to our neighborhood in Fauntleroy (after all these years), our main choice is Zeeks (disclosure: WSB sponsor), but my real dream is for someplace that would deliver oh say a steak dinner. We’ll keep dreaming! P.S. Gratuitous plug – new-restaurant stories always bring up wish-list comments – you are also welcome to open a topic any time in the Food section of the WSB Forums, which doesn’t require an attached news story, it’s a reader-to-reader discussion zone (as well as a place for job postings, yard-sale listings, etc.) https://westseattleblog.com/forum – TR

  • Cary Kemp June 2, 2013 (9:34 pm)

    Yes Tracy, you are exactly right, we are adding Roman/Sicilian style pizza to our choice of selections by the slice for a few reasons: I really enjoy this style of pizza, you can bake it and then put it on display and serve it by the slice. I also wanted to have more options other than sandwiches and salads, as well as a cheese option for kids, as I was afraid that our specialty sandwiches might be a little adult and complex for children, and I want families to come and enjoy together. Traditionally, these square slices, which is where the name Quadrato came from, are cut in large portions and can satisfy in one or two slices. Quadrato will NOT be a pizzeria as our focus will be on creating sandwich and salad combinations from select imported Italian goods.

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