No. 54, Brizio Combo at Brizio Chicago Style Pan Pizza


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My initial impression of Brizio in Lake Forest was good-but-not-great, though lately I've found myself straying away from established favorites for this tasty newbie. I'll be the first to admit: I was wrong. 

Their basic cheese pizza is satisfactory--any kid would take this zesty sauce and crunchy crust over Pizza Hut, Papa Johns and the like--but my adult taste buds weren't fully convinced until meeting the Brizio Combo.
Because the cheese is layered over the toppings here, the pizza achieves bubbly brown gloss on its gooey top. Hidden underneath are marbles of salty Italian sausage, slices of ham and pepperoni and a load of veggies: fresh bite from red onion and green pepper; briny black olives and neutral mushrooms accentuate the salty meats. Brizio's acidic, oregano-heavy sauce shines above whatever you put on the pizza.

The only drawback, which remains from my original critique, is the crust. The dough is made fresh daily and stays crispy from first bite to last. But it's too oily--an unfortunate side effect of being baked in a pizza pan. Blot with a couple of napkins and you're good to go.

The list so far:


55. French Toast at Starling Diner
56. The $7 Three-Item Combo Plates at Yu's Garden

57. Gudeg at Indo Ranch
58. Salted Caramel Gelato at N'Ice Cream
59. Live Amaebi at Sushi Imari
60. Any Burrito from Dos Chinos
61. Olive Tree's Iftar
62. Sonoran Dog at Rubalcava's
63. Sizzling Hiramasa Sashimi at The Catch
64. Yakisoba Dog from Dogzilla
65. Crispy Pork Belly from Lucca Cafe
66. French Toast with Bacon at Flurries Shaved Snow Bar
67. The Venetian Roll at Sushi at The Venetian Gentleman's Club
68. Okaki Asparagus at Hamamori
69. The "Fried Egg" at Eat Chow
70. Nam Kao Tod at Vientiane Restaurant
71. Chicken Ramen at Jinya Ramen Bar
72. Pig Snout at Tacos & Carnitas Sahuayo
73. Kale and Mushroom Flatbread at 320 Main
74. Congee at King Lobster Palace
75. Fish and Chips at Slapfish
76. Fries at Playground

77. Carne en Su Jugo at La Cocina de Mi Abuelita
78. S'mores at Ti Amo Biscotti & More
79. Broken Rice at Dat Thanh
80. Bulgogi and Potato Pizza at Chicken & Pizza Love Letter
81. Braised Bacon at Break of Dawn
82. Cake Donut at Cream Pan
83. Bistec de Pollo at Mercado El Rey
84. The Rhino at Rancho a Go Go
85. Cabernet Brownies at Blackmarket Bakery
86. Cookie Monster at Lola Ice Cream and Deli
87. Polenta Board at CUCINA Enoteca
88. Falafel Taco at Taco Asylum
89. Wagon-Wheel Bread at THE RANCH Restaurant
90. Toothpick Tacos at Mexico Supermarket
91. Hoppin' John at Memphis at the Santora
92. Free Beans and Chips at Taqueria Zamora
93. Pig in a Blanket Waffle with Gringo Bandito at Cafe Calacas
94. "Pork Hash" at Huong Giang
95. Sweet Chili Chicken Quesadilla At Kogi
96. Licuados at Mil Jugos
97. Hawaiian Ahi Poke at California Fish Grill
98. Takoyaki at Takoyaki Tanota
99. Fiesta Noodles at Jollibee
100. Chilaquiles Verdes Con Huevos Estrellados at La Tablita California

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Brizio Pizza

21771 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, CA

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