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