February 09, 2018
Pizza may have been invented in Naples, Italy around the 10th century — but it has since become one of America's most popular foods. In fact, according to Pizza Hut, 94 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month and the average American eats about 46 slices of pizza a year. That’s A LOT of cheese and tomato sauce!
Our team at E&S Ring Management loves pizza! Whether it’s pepperoni, veggie or some kind of gourmet concoction with an egg cracked on top, we can’t pass up a delicious cheesy pie. In honor of National Pizza Day (February 9, 2018), we decided to pull together some favorite local pizza spots situated near our apartment communities throughout California and Washington. Whether you’re looking for dine-in options or easy delivery, we picked 12 hotspots that are sure to satisfy your pizza craving!
Dining Out: Pizzana
11712 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90049
After Pizzana made Jonathan Gold's 2017 list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles, this Neopolitan-style pizza spot got even more popular. Only a four minute drive from West Park Village Apartments, the chic-yet-casual space (from Candace and Charles Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes and partners Chris and Caroline O'Donnell) is punctuated by a long marble counter, open kitchen with Italian-made wood-burning oven and a low run of dark blue booths. But don’t be fooled: Pizzana is all about the handcrafted pies from Naples-born pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi who imports the dough, mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes direct from Italy.
Best Bets: The Neo Margharita, Funghi and Corbarina, topped with squash blossoms and burrata, are all favorites. Their salads are also popular among the Yelp! crowd.
Dining In: Grey Block Pizza
1811 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Longtime Westsiders may remember when Grey Block Pizza went by the name of Abbot’s — like the original spot in Venice. Back in 2012, founding creator Thomas Schiffer severed ties and took ownership of the Culver City (now closed) and Santa Monica locations, giving birth to the Grey Block brand. Once known as the “Home of the Bagel Crust” — now it’s known as the “Home of the Salad Pizza.” Only in L.A.
Best Bets: The Original Salad Pizza , Buster, The Q
Dining Out: Fratello’s Pizza & Pasta
667 N Mountain Ave, Upland, CA 91784
From the pasta and rich sauces to the highly rated pizza, Fratello’s Pizza & Pasta in Upland is less than two miles from Park Central Apartments, and offers a kid-friendly atmosphere with outdoor seating — perfect on warm afternoons and evenings. Health-conscious eaters will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free options. They also have wine and beer.
Best Bets: The family special comes with one 18" pizza, pasta, salad, wings, and garlic bread.
Dining In: Round Table Pizza
830 E. Foothill Blvd., #5, Upland, CA
While you may think mom-and-pop shops make the best pizza around, some people would go to the mat for Round Table Pizza. Ranked No. 17 among America’s 25 Best Pizza Chains (according to The Daily Meal), Round Table Pizza was founded in 1959 in Menlo Park, Calif., and boasts about 500 locations nationwide. They say the dough is made from scratch on-premises daily, and their three-cheese blend contains aged Cheddar, whole milk mozzarella, and provolone.
Best Bets: The King Arthur's Supreme with pepperoni, sausage, salami, linguica, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and olives; or the Triple Play Pepperoni with three kinds of pepperoni.
Dining Out: De La Torre’s Trattoria
6025 W Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton, CA 94588
De La Torre’s, located three miles away for Pleasanton Glen Apartments and Pleasanton Heights Apartments, is a quintessential Italian trattoria flying under the radar screen since 1992. The menu doesn’t just offer pizza, but traditional Italian dishes like Scaloppine di Vitello using locally grown produce, naturally raised meats and small producers and family wineries in Italy and in California.
Best Bets: Pizza Ultima with herb roasted chicken, fresh goat cheese, roasted peppers and onions and onions; and Pizza Tartufo with mushrooms, arugula, crushed pepperoncino, shaved parmesan, and white truffle oil drizzle.
Dining In: Pizza Bello
3037 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, CA 94588
A local favorite, Pizza Bello has a menu that is weighted towards signature pizzas that pack unique flavor in both meat and non-meat options.
Best Bets: Philly Cheese Steak Pizza, Chicken Pesto Pizza, Bruschetta Gourmet Pizza and Belo Buns (a pepperoni and cheese-filled mini bun) Gluten-free crust options available.
Dining Out: Hot Italian
1627 16th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Voted among Sactown Magazine’s list of Sacramento’s Top 10 Pizzerias and Sacramento City Voter, Hot Italian is less than six miles from Granite Point Apartments. This hip midtown joint makes you feel like you’re in a pizzeria in Italy. (Could it be the imported oven that burns hardwood at a blistering 700 degrees Fahrenheit? Or maybe it’s the word “veloce” etched on black tile on the facade, which means “fast” in Italian?) Turning out thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pies, founders Andrea Lepore and pizzaiolo Fabrizio Cercatore keep their establishment hot in every sense of the word.
Best Bets: The Stella, topped with meaty mushrooms, creamy crescenza cheese and prosciutto (be sure to add the egg); The Bellucci, which features house-made sausage and dollops of lush ricotta and Murino Pizza with gorgonzola dolce cheese, pears and honey.
Dining In: Supreme Pizza
2251 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95833
You can’t go wrong with this favorite Natomas spot: Supreme Pizza. The ingredients are fresh. Prices are reasonable. The delivery people are always prompt. And they are known for their freindly customer service.
Best Bets: Greek Garden, Taco Meat Lovers and Chicken Bacon Ranch Garlic. Add the garlic cheesy bread or the buffalo wings if you want to go really over the top.
Dining Out: Tutta Bella
4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
At Greenhouse Apartments you have your choice of stellar pizza joints within walking distance, but we’re going to give this one to Tutta Bella. Named among Eater Seattle’s Essential Pizza Restaurants for the Winter 2017 edition, Tutta Bella is known for being family-friendly. Expect a well-balanced menu catering to a variety of tastes, patient wait service and a nicely paired beer and wine list.
Best Bets: Bianca, Cosenza and Roberto. The Salerno salad is also a great way to start the meal.
Honorable nearby mentions go to: Flying Squirrel in Seward Park and Pegliacci Pizza in Columbia City.
Dining In: Hot Mama’s Pizza
700 E Pine St., Seattle, WA 98122
If you want New York-style pizza in Seattle, look no further than Hot Mama’s, less than five miles away from Greenhouse. This quintessential pizza-by-the-slice joint in Capitol Hill is crowded, grungy and oh-so-right in every way. It also offers delivery to Capitol Hill (for $1.50 extra) for residential Capitol Hill and Downtown Seattle residents.
Best Bets: Famous Pesto Pizza and Chef’s Choice.
Dining Out: Pizzaiolo Wood Fired Pizza
11836 98th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
Blink, and you might miss Pizzaiolo Wood Fired Pizza, a family-owned and operated pizza place serving up some of the Seattle region’s best Neopolitan-stye pizza in a nondescript strip mall in Kirkland. It’s just a short drive from Northhore Townhomes, but it’s worth the trip. Nicely decorated, the restaurant is warm, but casual; and the staff is friendly. “Believe the hype,” says one Yelp! Reviewer.
Best bets: Di Carne, topped with tomato sauce, pork sausage, fresh mozzarrella, prosciutto cotto, salami, grana padano; or the Bianca, with roasted garlic, oil, goat cheese, mozzarella, roasted onions, pork sausage, grana padano. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try the Smoked Salmon.
Dining In: Pagliacci Pizza
6504 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA 98028
Consistently voted “Best Pizza” by Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly and other local polls, the Pagliacci pizza chain has been a Seattle-area mainstay for decades. Their Kenmore location continues to tell a consistent flavor story with their thin-crust pizzas that range from build-your-own to their signature favorites and seasonal pies. Zagat even noted from their reviewers that “there's always ‘fast’ delivery ‘with a smile.’”
Best Bets: Salumi's Spicy Pepperoni, Parma Primo and Agog Primo (for vegetarians).