10621 NE 8th St.
Bellevue WA 98004
Welcome to the Home of the Five Minute Pizza
By: Steve G
Looking at it from the outside, Topolino's Pizza doesn't look like much. But once you go inside and check out the wall to the right, you'll discover that Topolino's has a rich history in Bellevue. Open for 35 years, this place is a secret spot of sorts as its well hidden within a small strip mall near the Bellevue Galleria.
Topolino's Pizza is the self-proclaimed Home of the 5 minute pizza. They believe that any good pizza can be made within that timeframe. Now many people, such as myself are a bit skeptical by this bold statement, but the digital stopwatch hanging from the cook's neck was clear-cut evidence that they take the title very seriously.
On the menu, Topolino offers up pizzas, baked subs, calzones, pastas, salads, and desserts. If you're a fan of Italian food, Topolino's is sure to have something to pique your interest. If you're a big fan of Chicago style pizza, then this might not be the place to grab a pizza pie.
In the true spirit of being a dive joint, Topolino's is a no-nonsense kind of place. There are a few tables available that can seat around 4 people per table and a long bar for individual seating, but to be very blunt it isn't the most luxurious place to eat.
We ordered the Topolino Special ($16.50) which was served with pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions and Mozzarella Sticks ($11.50) for starters. Now we didn't have a stop watch to time it from the moment the staff got the order, but it came out reasonably fast. We had high hopes because of the build up before we got the pizza, but it was a bit of a mixed bag once we sunk our teeth into the final product.
The crust was the supposed highlight of their pizza, but for us it was a bit disappointing. Normal size and reasonably chewy, it was far from mind-blowing. The one thing that did take us by surprise is the relative lack of grease in the pizza. All of the other ingredients in the pizza were made with quality stuff and didn't distract at all from the taste, but it was far from being the king of pizza in Seattle in my book.
The mozzarella sticks were made with a nice batter and a marinara sauce that was made from some great tomatoes that tasted ripe, fresh, and robust. If anything, we both agreed that it was best item that we had at Topolino's, mostly due to that amazing marinara sauce.
Overall, Topolino's makes a pretty fast pizza, though the taste isn't quite what we thought it would be with all the hype around it. The prices were kind of steep considering that I can probably find mozzarella sticks of similar quality for a cheaper price. While it may not be the greatest in Seattle, it is still a great choice for those looking for some quick New York Style pizza.