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Louie G’s Pizzeria & Pasta & Local Music for All Ages

There  is a new hotspot in town. Fife that is, located conviently between Tacoma, Federal Way , and a short drive from Auburn, Kent, and Puyallup.

 Louie G’s Pizzeria and Pasta offers killer pizza and pasta dishes, music for all ages and a decent selection of beer and soda. It truly has the feel of an old time Pizzeria and Arcade with a small selection of classic video games and pinball.  It is a safe place to let your kids play and have a family dinner without the Cheesy cardboard (and just as Cheesy atmosphere) of other arcate pizza joints.

I first visited last year and was pleasantly surpised that the unassuming looking outside of the building, squished between the VFW hall and the ancient, but iconic, Poodle Dog Restuarant, contained a very large and very worthy Pizzeria.

I was even more surprised that it was fully wheelchair accessible in every way. I notice this because of my husband’s disability, but I mention it here because sometimes even places that say they are accessable overlook minor details that make getting around difficult for the mobility challenges.  The restroom doors are wide, the floor is open and the doorway is level.

Our first trip, we chose to sit at the back bar and little did we know that our server was Louie himself and we very much enjoyed our food, visiting with him and hearing about his dreams and goals for the business and just shooting the bull.   He is almost always around and he is usually busy doing something but if you see him, he will always be happy to stop and chat witha customer and he will remember your face when you come back.

It is nothing fancy and atmosphere wise, aside from the small arcade, it is just a pizza place, until you venture to the bar in the back and the larger back room. They have several beers on tap and a selection of wines available at reasonable prices.

The menu is large and really does have something for everyone, from the Mini pie starting at $3.99 for 8 inches of cheesy goodness cooked in a NY brick oven for the smaller appetite, to a ginormous 28 inch Little Italy that starts at $39.99 for cheese and could feed a mob of teenages until they experience the ultimate food coma.

If pizza isn’t your thing, screw a $5 footlong ..go for Louie’s longshore subs that come in 12″ and 24″!  There are also other sandwhiches, Gyro’s, a good selection of pasta dishes and salads, salad bar and appetizers. Oh, and burgers too if that was not enough.  Pizzas range from your basics to the slighly more adventurous like Giancarlo Cashew Chicken with Pesto Sauce, Grilled Chicken, Cooked Tomato, Bacon, Red Onion, Feta Cheese & Cashews.   The pizza crusts are perfecly crispy yet pliable and homemade and hand thrown. The toppings are always fresh and generous.

On our last visit (we actually made two visits in one day), I had an order of fried chicken gizzards (a guilty pleasure of mine). Not all like them and everyplace I have ever had them does them differently. Since I ordered them with my meal, I was hoping to get them first but they came after I was half done with my food due to a kitchen mix up (it was busy during a show so I will be a little forgiving on that one), but they were not the best thing on the menu. They were tough and rather bland. (Gizzards , if marinated and pressure fried can be tender and juicy).

My lunch meal consisted of a small Lucky pizza with artichokes added. This pie comes with Garlic Alfredo, Grilled Chicken, Red Onion, Black Olives, And Mushrooms.  All I can say was perfection on a plate. Just the right amount of toppings, they were fresh and juicy and the taste was wonderfully mild with a perfect amount of alfredo sauce to make it not messy or too rich but let the othe flavors blend well with the garlic.

Dinner, for myself was a full sized order of chicken parmeasan. Again, perfect! I am very picky about marinara sauce. I don’t like tomatoes, so a sauce that is too bland will turn me away and there should be spice but not overpowering. I am used to my own or my mothers homemade ..cooked all day with  meat and vegetables in a cast iron dutch oven or slow cooker. Because of this, I rarely order past with red sauce. Louies in of the few places I will not hesitate to order it. Yum is all I can say! This meal is big enough for two to split with two pieces of chicken breast breaded and smothered and a side of spaghetti. DJ had the veal parmesean sandwich for lunch and I had trouble getting an opinion out of him becuase he was too busy chewing and enjoying the beast of a sandwich he had in front of him.

My teen daughter ordered the chicken and mushroom fettucine and though she was not feeling 100%, she managed to eat some of it. It was smothered in magically delisous fresh mushrooms.

Feeling like comfort food…I saw a burger on the menu that is a burger patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches! 

Now, add to the excellent food, live music from some of todays most popular up and coming local bands in an all ages venue, you have a great place to take family, a date or just sit back relax after work on a weekend.

A current list of shows can be found on reverbnation.com , but I recommend following on facebook as well as there are sometimes improptu sessions by such artists as Rane Stone of Klover Jane. (Rane likes to stop by on occasional random evenings and do some solo acoustic sets to try out new music).

Upcoming shows include Rush and Heart cover bands and local artists like Dudley Taft and Amadon.

The Louie G’s story (from the website)

Its simple really... I've been cooking for over 15
Years. I took a break from it for a few years but
the passion was always in my heart. When my
Father's dying wish was for me to get back into
it, I did. I opened Louie G's in Fife, WA in 2007
after 2 months remodeling which included true
New York Ovens and putting up everything I own
as collateral. Here we are. My lovely wife Andrea
are in this together as owners & Operators. I work
80-100 hours a week to make sure the quality and
service is #1. We are not here to make Millions, we
are here to simply to feed hard working Americans.
That's what you all deserve, and you'll get it at
Louie G's Pizzeria.

"Welcome to my Dream... You're all in it."-Louie G  

My advice? If you are looking for good food and pizza and a cold mug of beer,  stop at Louie G’s while cruising I5 in Fife.

 If you want some fun live music on a full sized stage with great lighting and sound, take the whole family. There are not a lot of great venues in the south King, Pierce are that teens can hang out with friends or family and that offer quality live artists and local music.

 

Louie G’s Pizzeria
4802 Pacific Hwy East #B
Fife, WA 98424

Phone: 253-926-9700
Phone: 253-926-9701
Fax: 253-926-0147

Hours
Monday-Friday: 10:30am – 9:00pm or later
Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm or later
Sunday Closed: Louie needs a day to rest

 

An Indian restaurant, A hole in the wall dive bar and some Rane that I love!

Last night I had probably one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I have been following a man on facebook who caught my attention both because of his look and sound. Growing up in the 70’s & 80’s through today (Am I really grown up yet?) Seattle has always had a great music scene and I can even remember listing to some of my mother’s old 45’s from the 50’s and 60s with bands like “The fabulous wailers“, “The Ventures” and “Paul Revere and the Raiders“… She had many others, but it always seemed these were the ones I latched on to before I even began to understand the significance of the Great Northwest contributions to music. As I got older, I started listening to some of the other NW greats, like Queensryche and on through the 80’s and 90’s with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains.  Since these bands, I haven’t been too enthusiastic about the local music scene. I thought maybe this had to do with my aging and tastes changing or just the style changing, but I now realize that true talent is not dead, it was just lurking in the shadows waiting to be discovered.

I found Rane Stone and Klover Jane after hearing about them on the radio on KISW and started to check them out on facebook. I like many styles of music and many singers, but my husband is the picky one and has pretty much one type of music he likes and a few favorites that he really likes and follows. Like me, he thinks the local music scene felt as if it had just turned to cover bands and top 40 or some gawd awful “Hip Hop Club Mix Autotune no real talent needed” sounds ( I am not calling it music). We are too old (and married) to want to hang with the ravers and booty shakers. We love the sound of raw, real rock. I decided to take my chances with Rane Stone and drag my husband out to an unknown venue in Woodinville last night for an acoustic show of unknown quality and see if I could get him interested and excited about something new.

We saw the link on facebook for an event promoted by Mad Mike Presents  at The Cookhouse in Woodinville. I was not sure about this venue as:

 A. I have never heard of the place.

 B. We drove by the location an didn’t see it at 13330 NE 175th St Woodinville, WA 98072 from the street and didn’t see any signs.

C. Google gave me results such as it was closed, it was nicknamed “the crackhouse” and virtually no reviews on any of the restaurant sites.

We decided to drive up early try to find it , have a drink and see what the flavor was like before going back later for the show. We entered by the Shuck’s /O’Reilly autoparts off 175th and drove to the strip mall in the back as this is where Google Maps pointed me. BUT…wait, there is the address…but it is not The Cookhouse? It says Indian Palace? But there is the promo poster in the window. We decided to drive around back and check it out. The cookhouse is located in back of the Indian Palace and it is very small (Max capacity is 70) . It really appears to be a dive, but upon entering, the staff was very friendly and best of all, the drinks were poured well and they were inexpensive. ($3.25 wells).   It was very small, but we were not totally discouraged and decided we would take our chances and come back later. We arrived early for the show and saw  Mad Mike and Rane Stone getting ready for the show.

Mad Mike looks a lot like the kind of sleezy guy you might expect as a music promoter (big sideburns, fancy shoes and a big talker), but looks can be decieving. He is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. We had communicated via Facebook prior the the show to verify that it would be wheelchair accessible. He made sure we had a spot reserved just for us and made sure we were cool the entire night. The staff also looked out for us all night and kept the drinks coming. (Well, ok they forgot a couple times, but they were busier than they expected to be, and we got those drinks on the house.). 

We started off with dinner and since my hubby is the picky eater, he had chicken strips and fries off the standard bar fare american menu (they serve breakfast all day if you look for that sort of thing, which I do on occasion) . I chose to order off the Indian menu as The Cookhouse used to be part of a bigger restaurant. It was bought out to become the Indian Palace, but the customers were used to The Cookhouse and so the back half of the building (the bar) remained untouched, thus both menus. 

The Butter Chicken was some of the best I have ever had. Mildly sweet and spicy, smooth texture and mouthwatering taste. The Pulao Rice was cooked perfect and you can never go wrong with garlic naan to soak up the extra sauce.  I give the food, the drinks and staff all 5 stars.

The surreal part of the night was meeting a soon to be Seattle legend of the music scene. Yes, Rane, you don’t know it yet (though I know you dream it) but I think you will be known and respected in the local industry with the likes of the late Layne Staley, the late Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder and Mike Mcready, and Chris Cornell . You have the pipes and the personality to carry you far. Tragic as it may be, there are some good lessons to be learned from living the lifestyle like Staley and Cobain, and I hope you can keep your head above the muck and continue to be yourself.

Rane Stone is an amazing performer, especially for a very small venue, which lent itself well to the acuoustic set up last night. He is involved with his own solo acoustic show, with guitar back up by an amazing J.T. Phillips, as well as the local band Klover Jane, an Alice in Chains cover band called Jar of Flies, and a project with Michael Wilton of Queensryche called Wratchet head. His voice has a quality seldom heard these days and I love the fact you can listen loud and still understand the lyrics. This made it easy to start singing along with his original songs as well.

My husband told me the last time he had that much fun was the night of our wedding! I think I might be a little jealous of Rane now, but it was all worth it and we are already looking at future dates, such as April 15th at the Liquid Lime in Kirkland,  April 29th at Hard Rock Seattle and May 28th at Louie G’s in Fife  (which will be an all ages event and has some of the best pizza south of Seattle!). 

If you want to hear some good local rock, have a good time with a fun band and just get out for the night, check out Rane Stone and Klover Jane at one of these venues. The future is yet to be seen for this powerhouse man with amazing gift of voice, guitar and songwriting, but I will be happy to say that I was there in the beginning and hoping that just a few of you who read this look him up, buy some songs or go to a show! Support our local musicians; it is what makes Seattle bearable during our long winters and pouring rain!

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