Butter Chicken Pizza at Tasty Curry on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Butter Chicken Pizza at Tasty Curry on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

For slice with a twist, try these two Snohomish County pizza spots

Everett’s Tasty Curry and Arlington’s Pedeltweezer’s combine your greatest takeout passions into one perfect pizza pie.

Ever been enjoying a steaming bowl of curry over rice from your favorite Indian place and found yourself thinking, “Man, I wish I could give this tikka masala the Domino’s treatment?”

No? Me neither. And until recently, I would have looked at you pretty funny if you’d suggested such a thing.

But you wouldn’t be the only person who’s been struck by that bolt of inspiration. And would you believe me if I told you that combining Indian or Chinese flavors atop a stretchy crust and covering them in melty cheese is actually quite an inspired idea in practice?

Next time you’re looking for something to shake up your usual pizza order, give one of these Snohomish County spots a shot. We’re highlighting two joints that serve up pies that go far beyond run-of-the-mill options like pepperoni and Hawaiian — though, for the faint of heart, you can find those options on their menus, too — by melding the beauty and simplicity of cheese on crust with their own traditions and flavors. Trust me on this one.

Tasty Curry Restaurant & Pizza, Everett

Occupying a diminutive spot next door to the Safeway on 128th, this Indian eatery can lay claim to another unique title beyond their approach to an Italian classic. They’re the only local Indian place — and one of very few local restaurants in general — with late-night hours, staying open until midnight on the weekends. With a cozy, family-run atmosphere and a modest full bar selection, it would make a pretty ideal place to round off a night out with a few friends.

But say you need to feed a large gathering of Indian cuisine-lovers, or maybe fend off a hangover from that late night out. Tasty Curry’s pizza menu might be the place to look.

You’ll find many of the same ingredients on the pizza menu as you will in the restaurant’s selection of traditional Indian fare, like tandoori chicken and paneer. But here, the traditional ingredients take on a whole new persona when combined with a flavorful, satisfying crust and a healthy dose of mozzarella cheese.

Butter Chicken Pizza at Tasty Curry on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Butter Chicken Pizza at Tasty Curry on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Herald photographer Ryan Berry and I ordered the butter chicken pizza, our rationale being that the dish’s usual creamy, tomato-based sauce would lend itself rather naturally to pizza. Boy, were we right. The chicken was perfectly tender and flavorful, offering little bites of garlic-infused goodness doused in the flavorful, multidimensional butter sauce. Every now and again, you’ll bite into a ribbon of sautéed onion cooked in that sauce until it’s practically indistinguishable from it, offering just the right amount of textural difference without distracting from the overall pizza experience.

With such a delicious star of the topping show, the blanket of molten cheese over the top seems like gilding the lily at first, a bit too much richness or a distraction from the best parts of the flavor. But mild, salty mozzarella merely complements the complex flavors of the curry and adds an extra layer of deliciousness, making it a wholly different experience from enjoying the same butter chicken over rice. A generous sprinkling of fresh cilantro over the glistening cheese really ties the whole thing together, adding a lovely freshness for a counterpoint to all that sauce.

On top of it all, Tasty Curry’s pizza menu is quite reasonably priced — a medium 12-inch pizza goes for $22 and, in our experience, could easily feed four to five people. And the service was absolutely lovely. After our leftovers were boxed up, our server brought over steaming hot mugs of masala chai. As we sipped, he offered us a small bowl seemingly filled with multicolored sprinkles and encouraged us to crunch down a handful.

It’s actually mukhwas, candy-coated fennel seeds meant to freshen your breath and aid in digestion, and not an ice cream topping — but they were no less delightfully sweet.

Tasty Curry Restaurant & Pizza, 520 128th St. SW, Suite A12, Everett. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday to Sunday. Lunch buffet open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Pedeltweezer’s Chinese and Pizza, Arlington

Ghengis Khan, left and General Tso’s Chicken pizzas at Pedeltweezer’s Chinese and Pizza on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Ghengis Khan, left and General Tso’s Chicken pizzas at Pedeltweezer’s Chinese and Pizza on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Before Asian-fusion cuisine was the big thing in upscale dining, there was Pedeltweezer’s. They’ve been combining Chinese American classics with the ultimate fusion food — pizza — since 2004.

The restaurant, just off Highway 9, is bright, colorful and homey, with art made by the owners’ three kids and photos from family visits to China adorning the walls. Since pivoting to takeout-only during the pandemic, the kids have used the small seating area for homework, craft projects and more in between helping to serve customers while their parents man the kitchen.

There are plenty of more traditional offerings on the menu, such as chow mein, mapo tofu and egg drop soup, all beloved by customers who’ve kept Pedeltweezer’s going strong for all these years. But you already know we didn’t come here for traditional.

We sampled the two most popular of the eatery’s pizza offerings, one topped with General Tso’s chicken and another known as the Genghis Khan, which features Mongolian beef, mushrooms and deep-fried rice noodles — all blanketed under mozzarella, of course. Both reminded me initially of the chicken barbecue pies you can find at many pizza joints, with a thick, sticky and sweet-savory sauce being the focal point of flavor.

Ghengis Khan Pizza at Pedeltweezer’s Chinese and Pizza on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Ghengis Khan Pizza at Pedeltweezer’s Chinese and Pizza on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

On the Genghis Khan, slices of delicious beef were melt-in-your-mouth tender, while the mushrooms absorbed so much of that sweet sauce as to be actually quite tasty to me, a noted mushroom hater. And even in pizza form, you can tell their General Tso’s chicken is above-average, no breaded and fried chunks of tough and flavorless meat here. Sliced red and yellow bell peppers add a nice depth of flavor amidst the mildly spicy sauce (we ordered our pizzas at three-star spice levels out of five).

Be prepared to get a little messy as you dive into your pies, because with so much flavor (and sauce) loaded onto one pie, it’s bound to get slippery. To avoid the worst of it, do as I did and eat a slice straight from the fridge the next morning — something I’d never dream of doing with Chinese takeout leftovers. I’m pleased to tell you it works.

And as for the final mystery of Chinese pizza, now that we’ve ascertained it really does taste as good as it sounds, I’m here to tell you that Pedeltweezer’s doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a silly name dreamed up by co-owner Michele Lin’s father.

Pedeltweezer’s Chinese and Pizza, 20265 74th Ave. NE, Suite 101, Arlington. Open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday. Takeout only.

Riley Haun: 425-339-3192; riley.haun@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @RHaunID.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Food & Drink

Craig Chambers takes orders while working behind the bar at Obsidian Beer Hall on Friday, April 12, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Obsidian Beer Hall takes over former Toggle’s space in downtown Everett

Beyond beer, the Black-owned taphouse boasts a chill vibe with plush sofas, art on the walls and hip-hop on the speakers.

Owner Fatou Dibba prepares food at the African Heritage Restaurant on Saturday, April 6, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Oxtail stew and fufu: Heritage African Restaurant in Everett dishes it up

“Most of the people who walk in through the door don’t know our food,” said Fatou Dibba, co-owner of the new restaurant at Hewitt and Broadway.

Featuring a pink blush over a yellow background, WA 64 combines qualities of Honeycrisp and Cripps Pink (aka Pink Lady) for a firm, crisp, sweet and tart bite. A naming contest for the new apple runs through May 5, 2024. (Photo provided by Washington State University)
Hey Honeycrisp, this new breed of apple needs a name

Enter a naming contest for WA 64, a hybrid apple with the same baby daddy as Cosmic Crisp.

Binita Shrestha, new co-owner of Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, sits in her restaurant on Monday, March 18, 2024, in Smokey Point, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
New pizzeria owner took the scenic route from Nepal to Marysville

Binita Shrestha “wanted to be everything.” At 50, she can check off Korean beauty pageant contestant and restaurant franchisee.

Owner Andy Plumlee stands in front Popsies in Oak Harbor. (Photo provided by Whidbey News-Times)
Popsies offers kaleidoscope of popcorn flavors on Whidbey Island

Two years after taking over the business, Andy Plumlee opened another store in the Anacortes Marina on Monday.

This baby potato and fenugreek stir fry makes a great filling for a pita bread sandwich. (Reshma Seetharam)
Are potatoes vegetables? A national committee is hashing that out

The debate has sparked a national debate. Sen. Maria Cantwell signed a letter opposing reclassifying potatoes as grains.

This September 2020 photo shows a sliced baked ham on parchment paper in Washington, D.C. Leftover ham, which will last for up to five days in the fridge, can be a springboard for other meals during the week. Of course you’ll want a sandwich or two, but there are many other ways to put that porky, smoky flavor to good use. (Cheyenne Cohen via AP)
How to make an Easter ham last all week — or longer by properly freezing it

Sandwiches will eat up some of those leftovers, but what about the rest? Try adding it to a salad, a casserole or an omelet.

Husband and wife Christian and Melissa Despi have started their own bakery in Everett.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Who takes the cake? The best bakery in Snohomish County

Herald readers voted on the best pastry shop to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This image shows a larger adaptation of the Israeli dish shakshuka from Molly Gilbert's "Sheet Pan Suppers." (Molly Gilbert via AP)
To feed a crowd for Easter brunch, these chefs suggest baking your eggs

Molly Gilbert shares her take on a traditional Israeli dish while Lauren Lane offers up her version of an egg casserole.

Some posh cooks shunning vegetable oil

Concerns about vegetable oils are driving elite chefs and the affluent to products said to be healthier. Can ordinary home cooks afford to follow?

This April 2019 image shows a recipe for chipotle sliders with a colorful lettuce slaw and blue cheese dressing in New York. (Cheyenne Cohen via AP)
These mini-burgers are delectable, adorable and inhalable

And they might just be perfect if you’re hosting a gathering to watch the college basketball tournament on TV.

Downtown Edmonds is a dining destination, boasting fresh seafood, Caribbean-inspired sandwiches, artisan bread and more. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)
What to eat on a foodie day trip to Edmonds

From doughnuts for breakfast to sushi for dinner, here are four absolute winners worth a food lover’s day trip to Edmonds.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.