Disclaimer: My wife and I were predisposed to want this place to perform; this would mean good pizza and draft Manny's within 5 minutes' stroll from our door. We moved here from the NYC area, where our gold standards were set by legendary places like Totonno's, Joe's, John's, Grimaldi's, etc. IMO Seattle has great Neapolitan style pizza in Via Tribunali (and maybe Veraci), but NY style is sorely lacking especially since the demise of demise of Zagi's (though A NY Pizza Pace is quite good).
We ordered a pie with half plain and half homemade susage with garlic. Crust achieved that critical balance between slightly charred and crispy yet pliable. Cheese was appropriately savory but not excessive, buttressed with a tangy, thoughtfully constructed sauce. Very nice. My wife, an easterner, is a particularly tough grader, and she wholeheartedly approved.
The manager explained that the aim wasn't necessarily NY style, explaining that he was more inspired by childhood memories of the local chain Shakey's, which I found humorous and revealing (though I am sure I attended soccer team parties there way back in the day, I can't remember the quality of the Shakey's pie).
I estimate the difference between NY style pies and Squirrel's is the uneven yet considerable thickness of the rim...though if you look at pies from the NYC all-stars, Neopolitan style or otherwise, they often are far from uniform. http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...
Will most definitely return. I want to try the speciality pies with local ingredients, though my wife will likely favor plain. If Squirrel fills that void for her, I'll take it.
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