10 Great Pizzerias In Orange County
10. Pepz Pizza
|Pepz' pastrami pizza with pickles|
We Weeklings chose Pepz Pizza as 2011's Best Restaurant to Take the Kids To, so naturally, it makes this Best of the Best list. Your kids' love of pizza has to begin somewhere, so why not in the deep end, with Pepz's pastrami pizza shot through with mustard and pickles? Is it okay for pizza to be born this way? Lady Gaga, as well as our own Anne Marie, would say yes.
Pepz Pepperoni's Pizza, various locations in Orange County; www.pepzpizza.com.
9. Pizza D'Oro
Speaking of pizzas kids love, pick up an outsized pizza from Pizza D'Oro to go. At its Costa Mesa location, several takeout pizza boxes decorate the wall to illustrate how massive a pizza you can order, all the way from a "small" 12-inch pizza to a 30-inch behemoth that would make a memorable hit at any kids' pizza party.
Pizza D'Oro, 1145 Baker St., Costa Mesa, (714) 549-0685; 10585 Slater St., Fountain Valley, (714) 963-0227; 8468 Indianapolis Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 536-9383; www.eatatpizzadoro.com.
8. Pizza Port
While taking the kids to their favorite pizza place is well and good, sometimes the priority is a quality beer to go with Mom and Dad's dinner. Few pizza restaurants brew their own beers as tasty as Pizza Port in San Clemente, which won our editorial 2010 Best Beer Selection. This San Diego-based brewery/pizzeria features guest beers as well as in-house brews to pair with a selection of flavor-boosted topping combinations in the thick, chewy, gourmet, all-American style of pizza.
Pizza Port, 301 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, (949) 940-0005; www.pizzaport.com.
7. Tony's Litte Italy
|Tony's Litte Italy deep dish pizza|
What's that? Deep-dish pizza gets you salivating? There are precious few practitioners of the Chicago-style deep dish here in Orange County, and the best example is Placentia's Tony's Little Italy.
Anne Marie chose Tony's for her top pick in 2011's 100 Favorite Dishes, saying the "pizza is a retrofitted Italian masterpiece, beginning with a flaky yet sturdy crust as its base. No schmaltzy thin layer of dough overseeing this project. Tony's can withstand and protect precious cargo from the high winds of Chi-town neighborhoods. And how about that layer of mozza? Oozing enough chewy, stringy goodness to spur an oil well. Tomatoes are strewn over like a red badge of courage."
Tony's Little Italy, 1808 N. Placentia Ave., Placentia, (714) 528-2159; tonyslittleitaly.com.
6. A Slice of NY Pizza
Pizza from the Second City is great, but America's love of pizza began in New York, where Italian immigrants settled. Where do you get a NYC-style pizza in OC? For those in North County, we have Seal Beach's A Slice of NY Pizza, as authentic a slice shop as any in midtown Manhattan. And its second, soon-to-open location in Huntington Harbour we reported back in July? Still soon-to-open, supposedly in January.
A Slice of New York Pizza, 142 Main St., Ste. B, Seal Beach, (562) 493-4430; and soon, 16821 Algonquin St., Ste. 101, Huntington Beach; asliceofnewyorkpizza.net.