WEST SEATTLE FOOD: Fried chicken, Chinese food, and now pizza for Mark Fuller, turning ex-Pellegrini Market into Supreme

Another big West Seattle restaurant mystery is a mystery no longer. You might recall that when we reported in mid-June that Pellegrini Italian Market (4521 California SW) had closed, its owners said they had sold it to “another GREAT West Seattle operator.” We hadn’t found any hints in permit filings but today the “great … operator” is unmasked by Seattle Met food reporter Allecia Vermillion as Chef Mark Fuller, of Ma’Ono and New Luck Toy. She reports it’s a pizza-and-drinks place to be called Supreme, opening this fall. (Thanks to Brian for spotting and sending the link.) Checking around, we find the name and owners are also confirmed by a liquor-license-application filing that’s new on the state website this afternoon.

82 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE FOOD: Fried chicken, Chinese food, and now pizza for Mark Fuller, turning ex-Pellegrini Market into Supreme"

  • Foodie in Gatewood July 24, 2017 (5:08 pm)

    Not another pizza place??!!

  • Brewmeister July 24, 2017 (5:13 pm)

    Thank God we have another pizza place! I was running out of options. 

  • Swede. July 24, 2017 (5:35 pm)


    The other seven pizza places close by is NOT enough. Hopefully we’ll get another dentist or drycleaner soon too…

  • Alki Resident July 24, 2017 (5:39 pm)

    Oh good, a pizza place, said no one ever 🙄.

  • Ray West July 24, 2017 (5:53 pm)

     We need another pizza place like we need another nail salon. Disappointed that Pellegrini closed. I didn’t love everything about them but mostly liked them.

  • Meyer July 24, 2017 (5:55 pm)

    A little bummed its another pizza place and the name isn’t too exciting. However I love the “divey” feel of New Luck Toy and if they can recreate that comfortable, no-frills, unassuming atmosphere, I’ll definitely give it a shot.

  • Brent July 24, 2017 (6:10 pm)

    No we if we can just get an answer on what the heck is going on with the  Hydrant, my life will be complete.

  • Mamasuze July 24, 2017 (6:39 pm)

    Seriously?  Pizza?  I will stick to Pizza Credo.  They do it right!

    Don’t strain yourself, Mark.

  • Beckyjo July 24, 2017 (7:07 pm)

    Too bad we can’t get a restaurant that sells Vietnamese sandwiches or a place that sells lumpia.  Or even a Jimmy Johns. We can’t get any of those in the Junction.

    • Nora July 24, 2017 (9:51 pm)

      Come down to White Center. Vietnamese sandwiches are available on almost every street corner!

    • Kara July 25, 2017 (12:20 pm)

      Saigon Boat Cafe on Alki, New Leaf Bistro in the Admiral District, and Pearls and Pho Aroma on Delridge if you want a banh mi fix…just roll down the hill. 

  • Heylady July 24, 2017 (7:24 pm)

    YES! Such great food!

  • JayDee July 24, 2017 (7:28 pm)

    From Admiral South to Morgan Junction: Mio Posto, Pizziera 22, Lucianos, Spiros, Pagliacci, Credos, Zah, Papa Murphys, Peel and Press, Zekes. If I missed one let me know.

    • Brewmeister July 24, 2017 (7:53 pm)


      If you include Alki, Pegasus, Phoenicia, Cristos and West Seattle Brewing.

      And I pass by a house near mine that has an outdoor pizza oven.

    • WSB July 24, 2017 (7:54 pm)

      Actually, while out on errands just after publishing this, Patrick and I counted more than 20 current and future pizza-specializing restaurants in West Seattle, so obviously we are a pizza-loving population. Let’s see if I can recall the list:

      Soprano’s (delivery only so far)
      West Seattle Brewing on Alki
      Pizzeria 22
      Future Supreme
      Papa Murphy’s
      Future Domino’s at Springline
      Future Mod at The Whittaker
      Peel & Press
      Current Domino’s in Morgan
      Pizza Hut in High Point
      A Pizza Mart
      Proletariat (OK, so we stretched a bit into White Center)

      That does NOT count places that have pizza on the menu (like Phoenecia on Alki, the new Great American Diner) but it’s not necessarily their major menu item… also, fresh pizza in the Metropolitan Market and QFC supermarket delis …

      (ADDED: I just saw Brewmeister’s comment. I missed Christo’s.)

      • Abe July 24, 2017 (8:33 pm)

        Papa johns?

        • WSB July 24, 2017 (8:41 pm)

          Thank you! Adding to the list above for reference’s sake.

      • dawsonct July 25, 2017 (5:11 pm)

        I suspect that Fuller, who has been doing this restaurant thing fairly successfully for a few years now, will find some way to stand apart from the crowd. One of those ways, I imagine, will be by charging prices for a truly great pizza what many will deem simply too damned much.

        Options. What a terrible thing.

    • G Man July 24, 2017 (10:23 pm)

      You forgot papa John’s, Pizza Hut, and dominos

      • KM July 25, 2017 (9:15 am)

        …that could have been intentional.

  • West Seattle Hipster July 24, 2017 (7:42 pm)

    Any word on what will occupy that space in 6 months?

  • East Coast Cynic July 24, 2017 (8:02 pm)

    It’s a shame that it isn’t a Chinese restaurant ( I know New Luck Toy serves Chinese, but doesn’t do take out and doesn’t have a wide variety of dishes like a dedicated Chinese restaurant.)

    Pizza, okay, how original.

    • Kara July 25, 2017 (12:35 pm)

      I’ve had friends from other neighborhoods drive all the way to West Seattle for Lee’s Asian. I also grew up going to Young’s in White Center. 

      • East Coast Cynic July 25, 2017 (10:01 pm)

        Tried Lee’s a few years ago and apart from the meat dishes, I thought the food was a bit on the bland/under-seasoned side.

        Usually, if I need a Chinese food fix close by, I’ll drive to a place in Burien for takeout.  It’s ok, not great.  Better than nothing.

  • Sgs July 24, 2017 (8:04 pm)

    Something without cheese and bread, please!    Would love something akin to Chaco Canyon.

    • seaopgal July 24, 2017 (10:01 pm)

      Yes, would be great to have a dedicated vegan option in the Junction. I lobbied for Veggie Grill to go into former Shelby’s … maybe next time.

    • dawsonct July 25, 2017 (5:13 pm)

      How about Chaco Canyon? They are a LOT like Chaco Canyon, I’ve noticed.

  • M July 24, 2017 (8:22 pm)

    I bet it will be amazing and I love pizza. I think y’all are missing how different pizza can be. 

  • LeeRae Blaylock July 24, 2017 (8:24 pm)

    How about a South Western Place. All of Seattle could use one.

    • dawsonct July 25, 2017 (5:34 pm)

      Tex-Mex? New Mexican (Anaheim chilies mixed into everything)? Cal cuisine (avocados and whatever is cheap and local)?
      It seems to me that  most of these culinary styles have become so main-streamed into N. American cuisine that they are on a lot of menus already, the flavors and techniques having been folded into the American diet and restaurant menus to such an extent and in many cases so seamlessly people no longer notice them as unique and exotic, that it wouldn’t have the same impact as it did when Mark Miller and the Coyote Café were hogging the headlines.

  • TM July 24, 2017 (8:34 pm)

    Their other two restaurants are fantastic, high quality food and great service. Looking forward to this one too.

  • Morgan July 24, 2017 (8:46 pm)

    Grew up in New Haven in east coast. Seattle doesn’t have even one pizzeria yet in my opinion. Tried everything to great disappointment this far…here’s hoping one place turns it around.

    first thing you’d need tho is a coal fired oven…

    • East Coast Cynic July 24, 2017 (9:36 pm)

      Have you tried Big Marios in Capitol Hill?

      • D Del Rio July 25, 2017 (1:00 pm)

        I tried it several times only because I have a friend who loves it. Every time I have been there, the crust has been soggy at the bottom. Seattle is not know for great pizza, or great Mexican food. You have to go to the East Coast for pizza, and for Mexican, somewhere that has a large Mexican immigrant population.

        • dawsonct July 25, 2017 (5:48 pm)

          If you believe Seattle does not have a large Mexican immigrant population, then you obviously do not work in the restaurant industry.
          And if you haven’t found good Mexican food around here yet, then either you aren’t trying, or your perception of quality Mexican is flawed.

          While true we do not have New Haven style pizza, which IS one of the better versions in my opinion as well, believing it to be the only worthwhile style is seriously provincial. Though I’ve only had Pepe’s and Sally’s, and enjoyed all I’ve had from both, were either a transcendental experience that forever put me off all pretenders and other styles? Nah, they’re not that special.
          Frankly (haha, didja catch that!?), I believe that the coal-fired part of the equation provides nothing more than high heat in the ovens, an issue that can be addressed with other fuels. In my professional opinion, the only type of fuel that really adds to the flavors of bread is wood.
           I lament your narrow biases.

    • Swede. July 25, 2017 (12:24 am)

      We’re gonna get lots of coal soon, so it will be cheap to run. And ‘clean’.  


      • Morgan July 25, 2017 (6:54 pm)

        I’ll buy some carbon offsets, an electric car and make an extra trip to the gym to regain flavor of childhood…

        pizza wannabes of seattle, impress me and pilgrimage not to Italy but to Wooster street and learn the Holy of Holies: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Haven-style_pizza

    • Kathy July 28, 2017 (9:32 am)

      I was in NYC this spring with my sis headed out to Brooklyn on the subway. A lady on the subway said we must try Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge for the best pizza in New York. We did try it and it was soggy. Not impressed.  Maybe we ordered the wrong thing?  It was May and the fresh tomatoes on top were not good.

      • WSB July 28, 2017 (11:03 am)

        Pizza is in the palate of the beholder … Your story reminds me of my first trip back east, at age 30, when I visited a former roommate who was back in her upstate New York hometown, where she and her husband were so excited to take me to have “New York style pizza” … and same thing. Soggy, way too thin crust. Best East Coast pizza we have had – again, in our view, others may vary – was in Boston, visiting our kid, where there’s a local chain called Regina. Not at all fancy. Dine-in customers get paper plates and water cups. Taste = To die for. During our trip in May, it tasted even better when everybody in the place was watching the Celtics playoff game and cheering or booing … But I digress. – TR

  • Jethro Marx July 24, 2017 (9:08 pm)

    Random business plans from non-restauranteurs: Check. Complaints about too many pizza restaurants: Check. (jimmy johns? Really? Lumpia?) Now if we could just get a couple people to complain about dogs and/or their poop and demand a “general merchandise” store and some parking we could call it a day!

    • WSB July 24, 2017 (9:25 pm)

      This spot has parking right out the back door (off the patio) so that’s probably a moot point here. The new microstudio building that’s also right behind does allow pets, so maybe there’s a dog discussion to be had. As for general merchandise … haven’t heard what’s going into the old Radio Shack a few doors up just yet …

      • DW July 25, 2017 (2:01 pm)

        Any word on the Hydrant? (former Coffee to a Tea with Sugar space)

        • WSB July 25, 2017 (2:05 pm)

          Short answer: No. Long answer: It’s been two years since they put up ‘coming soon’ signs before Summer Fest 2015. They stopped answering our inquiries a long time ago but every so often in a comment thread, someone mysteriously says they’ll be getting around to opening sometime.

    • KM July 25, 2017 (9:17 am)

      + “greedy developers” 

    • DW July 25, 2017 (2:00 pm)

      Don’t forget a longing for a “simple diner” and oh, no kids.

  • Gene July 24, 2017 (9:35 pm)

    Jethro- you forgot to include the  east coaster lament that there’s no real pizzeria in Seattle- check. I certainly don’t wish them ill- but have to admit I was hoping for something different. Oh well- will always give a new WS business a try. 

  • Villagegreen July 24, 2017 (9:43 pm)

    It’s kinda funny how Seattle tries to fix its inadequacies with sheer volume. The joke used to be you couldn’t find any decent BBQ or pizza in this city. Now you’ve got both on every other corner.

  • JayDee July 24, 2017 (10:00 pm)

    @ Jethro: you forgot children and Merlot.

    @ Morgan: A coal-fired pizza oven is wrong. We grow trees like weeds around here. Wood-fired ‘zah is the way to go. Adding carcinogenic polycyclic aromatics before we even get to browning the meat is gilding the carcinogenic lily. And warming the planet even more. I guess we have a market-based experiment as too how many pizza-offering joints we can support.  I wish we had a few more Asian places.

    • Erithan July 24, 2017 (11:08 pm)

      Sooooo missing golden sun still! 

      Good luck to to the new resteraunt still though!

    • Morgan July 25, 2017 (6:56 pm)

      What is “zah”? Must be some exotic local concoction.

      • WSB July 25, 2017 (7:14 pm)

        Zaw (35th north of Fauntleroy)

  • Peel & Press July 25, 2017 (3:42 am)

    We heard the same doom and gloom about “another pizza place” we I announced we where going to open.  Many said we would fail and that their were too many.  Well several others have opened since and are doing well.  We are closing in on 3 years and just won Emerging Business of the Year.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I think Mark has proven he knows what he is doing with his current stable of restaurants.  I will be there in the first few days and if the rumors of Sicilian Style square pizze is true you will fill a hole in my heart left when quadrato closed.  Yes even owners of pizza places eat at many other pizza places :-)

    • jtm July 25, 2017 (8:50 am)

      What a positive and supportive note from a true community-focused business! 

    • MsD July 25, 2017 (10:40 am)

      I haven’t had square Sicilian style pizza since I lived in Queens in the 1980s.  I think I gained 10 lbs. in the first 2 weeks after I moved around the corner from the shop.  My favorite type of pizza, can’t wait to check it out.

  • aa July 25, 2017 (4:03 am)

     Often businesses open and you can just tell they’re  doomed.  In the wrong place, no parking,  no foot traffic, etc. Like that expensive shoe store across from the Admiral a few years ago. Why would you try and sell $200 shoes next to a Laundromat and across from a $3.00 theater? Its sad to see a business fail when you know all that goes into getting it going. (I’m worried about Alair, hope they are doing ok)

     These folks have two successful businesses so I’m thinking they gave this idea some thought.  That area is for walk in traffic and in those few blocks is there any place that sells slices besides Pagliacci?  And that pizza is ok…pretty average in my opinion.  Of course I have no idea if selling slices is in their plan.

    Being of New York origin myself, what I miss are the subs. Great hoagies, wedges, subs, etc. Meat and cheese, veg, pepperoncini! and oil& vinegar dressing. Yes Huskie deli makes  good sandwiches but that place is tired, crowded and I want an Italian deli to make my sandwich, not a bunch of teenagers.  Just realized that what NY pizza and subs have in common- grease dripping out!  


    • West Sea Neighbor July 25, 2017 (7:57 am)

      +1 to this. And also a ham egg and cheese sandwich with a drippy-yolk fried egg (not scrambled).

    • dawsonct July 25, 2017 (6:04 pm)

      Yeah, a really GREAT sandwich shop, with fresh roasted meats and everything. Maybe a Chicago-style Italian beef, a decent cheese-steak, etc.
      Kind of agree with the HD comment. Decent sandwiches, though consistently slow because Jack (great guy, BTW, I just disagree with some of his business practices) will only hire kids to run the place, primarily because they work for minimum wage and as is the nature of the teenage mind, don’t instinctually act collectively.

      • CAM July 26, 2017 (2:50 am)

        Omg! Give me an authentic Italian beef sandwich and I will never have to leave this city! I should say, I’ve had people in other states attempt to recreate it but it is generally really disappointing. I’m headed to Chicago and will have more than one while I’m there I’m sure. 

  • T Rex July 25, 2017 (7:34 am)

    AA, if you venture down to Pioneer Square, there is an east coast style deli called Tat’s that is awesome. They have a truck that ventures into Sodo as well. I too love east coast deli sandwiches and I agree we are missing them in West Seattle.  I also drive all the way to Kent for Togo’s.

     Jersey Mike’s in Burien is great as well. The owners is actually a West Seattle resident and he would love to have a place in our neighborhood but claims the rents are way to high. He also told me that  Westwood Village has a deal with the Sub Shop that no other sandwich place can move into that shopping center as long as they are there. Which sucks because they are average if that.

     I wish the owners much success!

  • Jake July 25, 2017 (7:53 am)

    We need Chicago style, specifically Lou Malnati!!  You haven’t lived until you’ve tried one of these!  How has no one considered this already?!

    • dawsonct July 25, 2017 (6:19 pm)

      True that it ain’t W. Seattle, but have you tried Windy City? Probably a lot more dangerous now that they share space with batch 206 Distillery.
      I haven’t had them since before they moved and you had to meet one of the pizzaiolos in a Sodo parking lot IF you were fortunate enough to be allowed to order one, but have heard they’ve actually improved since moving into their new digs. They got better ovens, which was a big deal for them.
      Great place; well worth checking out. I scorn the VAST majority of Chicago-style pizza casseroles. This one deserves to be called a pizza  (Though not apizza, New Haveners).

  • DirkDigs July 25, 2017 (8:16 am)

    I live near Springline and am still flabbergasted that a Dominos is going in there. Really? A Dominos? Are we running out of places to get Super Swizzle Cinnamon Sticks?

  • AMD July 25, 2017 (10:24 am)

    I, for one, would love to live in a world where there’s so much pizza one never needs to drive to get it.  Especially if said pizza is accompanied by good beer. If parking is even part of the conversation, one can hardly argue there are too many places in the area.

    Pizza is a pretty open canvas.  Talarico’s pizza, MOD pizza, and Pizza Hut are three distinctly different foods, different dining atmospheres, and different formats.  There are so many different ways to do pizza I don’t think it’s fair to call a new restaurant “another” anything before you’ve seen their menu and tried their food.

    As others have said, if you’re looking for more more varied regional cuisines, head to White Center.  They have everything.

  • Strike em out Kinney July 25, 2017 (10:34 am)

    I’m a transplant from Connecticut as well. I did notice that Proletariat has a hint of that “New England style” flavor, so to me, Proletariat does come close to East Coast pizza. 

    • Morgan July 25, 2017 (6:59 pm)

      Kind of agree with this…proletariat is like the price is right contestant who wins with a $1 bid by not going over like everyone else. But still, doesn’t take me home (not that anyone here or business here owes me that–just fed up with pretentious tom Douglas interpretations presented as if they’ve cracked the code of what ought to be simple).

  • Jen July 25, 2017 (10:47 am)

    Bakery Noveau also sells pizza, if you want to add to your list!  It is quite delicious indeed!  I hope Supreme will sell amazing salads to accompany the pizza, as I find salad options lacking here.  I would love a place like Evergreens that does salads and wraps to order. :)  I love Ma’Ono; it’s unique, so I do think Supreme will have it’s own twist to set it apart, and look forward to giving it a try….


  • Jen July 25, 2017 (10:57 am)

    My answer on salad is contained within this article. :)  And, corroborates my unique assumptions. :)


    • WSB July 25, 2017 (11:11 am)

      Same story linked in our item above.

  • SJ July 25, 2017 (11:03 am)

    Good luck to Supreme, I hope it does well!  If another space opens up, I hope we can get some good Indian food in West Seattle.

  • Greg July 25, 2017 (12:00 pm)

    Darn.  I was really hoping for a nice teriyaki place. 

    Actually, a local Filipino restaurant would be super awesome – lumpia, adobo, pancit, etc…

    • D Del Rio July 25, 2017 (1:19 pm)

      Yes, a Filipino restaurant would be nice. The other option would be Ethiopian. I usually have to travel to the Central District or the Rainier Valley to get my Ethiopian fix. Those two neighborhoods alone seem to have more than they can support, but most of them have been in business for years. I tried the “African” place where the New Luck Toy is now, but it seemed to be trying to many different cuisines at once. Another thing is that Ethiopian cuisine can be very vegetarian friendly for those who do not eat meat. Not sure about vegan friendly.

  • Trickycoolj July 25, 2017 (1:29 pm)

    I’m still bummed Wing Dome never got traction over here. Not too many places to get good wings and a beer over here. Sometimes if the stars align you can get some at Easy Street and it’s a super good time, that Richard Sherman franchise down in Westwood, not so much. 

  • Vanessa July 25, 2017 (1:53 pm)

    There are so many of us who are either gluten free by choice or by health or both…….How about  some options for more fresh veggies and fruits, nuts and grains. Keep your wheat and your white rice, and your sugar coated teriyaki……aw, heck, I’ll just make some quinoa, and pick some kale and chard from the garden, throw in a whole lotta more fresh veggies and some berries……have fun with your pizzas.

    • brian July 25, 2017 (3:03 pm)

      Wow literally nobody cares.    

    • West Seattle since 1979 July 26, 2017 (2:48 am)

      Many restaurants have salad options, even restaurants that serve pizza.

  • Don Admiral July 25, 2017 (6:30 pm)

    Supreme will be YUGE! We need pizza for people how have yuge hands like myself. I have had pizza all over the world, except Russian, I’ve never been to Russia, the pizza in West Seattle is tremendous.


  • aa July 25, 2017 (8:25 pm)

    Oh Vanessa, looking down from her pile of kale smugly judging us

    • Professor July 25, 2017 (9:48 pm)

      Although the Romans may have invented what we now call pizza, the concept of judgement surely predates this classic cuisine.  One assumes that Vanessa is as aware of this as anyone—there is no anachronism here.

      I believe that the connection between pizza and judgement, or justice—who is blind—goes a little deeper than what we may have first considered.  Wasn’t it a Caesar who said something about the rapini of the Sabine women?  

      Like Vanessa, like aa, I know that is something that I’ll keep in the front of my mind henceforth when I choose my dinner.  For that I really have to thank you both.

      • newnative July 28, 2017 (8:10 am)

        It was the Neapolitans that invented pizza and then brought it over to America. 

    • dawsonct July 27, 2017 (10:48 pm)

      I love kale! All varieties I’ve tried are great, and I’ve had dozens. Everyone should have a few kales in their gardens during the Winter. They’ll fall in love with it as well.
      Mustards, too.
      Some varieties are even good chopped up and put on a pizza.

      Only snobs are too snobby to eat kale. They’re leaves, fer cryin’ out loud!

  • Kathy July 28, 2017 (9:54 am)

    Will any of the pizza places in West Seattle do a pizza “frutti di mare”? A real one with calamari and muscles or clams?

    • Kathy July 28, 2017 (10:15 am)

      …and no cheese, of course.

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