Merrill Shindler - Senior Zagat Editor

Merrill Shindler

L.A. Senior Zagat Editor
Take a look in any handy dandy dictionary of Italian food (I use a nifty one called The Taste of Italy, published by MacMillan, a companion volume to The Taste of France), and you'll find that, at least technically speaking, a pizza is just, well, a pie.

My dictionary defines pizza as a "Round of yeast dough spread with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, anchovies and herbs, baked in a brick oven--the classic pizza alla Napoletana, as sold in the pizzerias of Naples. Also: pizza Margherita, with tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan, after an Italian queen; pizza alla marinara, with tomatoes and garlic, the traditional homemade version; pizza alla Romana, with onions, or with anchovies, mozzarella and parmesan."

It all sounds so simple -- just a pastry topped with cheese and flavorings. And yet, clearly, pizza means so much more to us than just a flavored starch concoction. Growing up in New York in the Fifties, my favorite treats were alternately a knish and a "slice." So closely integrated into my existence was that 15 cent slice of pizza, that I think I began to believe it one of the dishes my forbears had eaten in between pogroms. To me, it was a variation on matzoh, only not quite as flat, and not quite as dull.

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1194 W. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 533-­1631 See the location of Marri's Pizza & Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Hand-tossed Pizza
Services: Affordable Dining, Family Style, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
 
550 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 879-­4022 See the location of Angelo's and Vinci's Ristorante on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Services: Authentic, Family Style, Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
18246 Imperial Hwy
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 993-­5421 See the location of Fitness Grill on a map Map
Cuisine: Gourmet Health, Chicken, Seafood, Pasta & Gourmet Pizza,
Services: Authentic, Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
801 S. State College
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 490-­0990 See the location of Luigi's D'Italia on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian
Services: Affordable Dining, Family Style, Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Reservations
3333 Bear Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 540-­3365 See the location of Nello Cucina on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian Trattoria, Pizza
Services: Authentic, Online Take Out , Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Reservations
13612 Newport Ave
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 731-­6444 See the location of Oggi's Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Brewhouse, Pizza, American & Californian
Services: Affordable Dining, Online Take Out , Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Sports
2110 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-­8654 See the location of Old Spaghetti Factory on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Services: Affordable Dining, Family Style, Dinner, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout
3333 Bristol Street – Suite 1201
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 754-­0300 See the location of Quattro Caffe - South Coast Plaza  on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Services: Authentic, Hip, Catering, Takeout, Reservations
249 Broadway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-­6627 See the location of Romeo Cucina - Laguna Beach on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Wine Bars, Seafood
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Reservations
28241 Crown Valley Pkwy
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 831-­4131 See the location of Romeo Cucina - Laguna Niguel on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
Services: Authentic, Entertainment, Online Take Out , Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
1741 Westcliff Dr,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 631-­1166 See the location of The Pizza Bakery on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Pasta
Services: Affordable Dining, Catering, Takeout
 
401 South El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-­2130 See the location of 2 for 1 Pizza CO on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
16821 Algonquin St Ste 101
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-­1900 See the location of A Slice of New York Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating
34700 Pacific Coast Highway Suite 100
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
(949) 661-­8266 See the location of Agostino's Ristorante Italiano on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
1673 Irvine Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 722-­1212 See the location of Al's New York Cafe on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
20 City Blvd West
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 939-­8686 See the location of Alcatraz Brewing Company on a map Map
Cuisine: Brewery, American & Californian, Small Plates
Services: Affordable Dining, Private Dining, Takeout
12739 Valley View Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90638
(562) 802-­7545 See the location of Ambrose Pizzeria on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
17910 Magnolia Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 963-­5790 See the location of Ameci Pizza & Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
25431 Trabuco Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 830-­6401 See the location of Ameci Pizza & Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
18068 Culver Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 857-­1900 See the location of Ameci Pizza & Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
10847 Los Alamitos Boulevard
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 594-­7277 See the location of Ameci Pizza & Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
18521 Yorba Linda Boulevard
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 777-­8989 See the location of Ameci Pizza & Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
30012 Crown Valley Parkway Suite L
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 495-­1212 See the location of Amoré Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
24190 Alicia Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 472-­4332 See the location of Antonucci's on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
12554 Valley View Street
Garden Grove, CA 92845
(714) 891-­2695 See the location of Augustinos Italian Restaurant on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
30120 Town Center Drive
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 249-­2778 See the location of Ball Park Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
31654 Rancho Viejo Road Suite M
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-­6852 See the location of Ball Park Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Sports Bar
1640 East 1st Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 835-­0757 See the location of BARI Pasta & Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
34155 Pacific Coast Highway Suite D
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-­2670 See the location of Beach Cities Pizza 2 on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
24301 Muirlands Blvd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 837-­3850 See the location of Biagio's Italian Restaurant on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
6310 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-­2888 See the location of Big Belly Deli on a map Map
Cuisine: Deli, Sandwiches, Pizza, Salads
Services: Affordable Dining, Authentic, Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout
24501 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 586-­6660 See the location of Big O Pizza To Go on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
523 North Harbor Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 680-­9123 See the location of Big Slice Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
200 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 374-­2224 See the location of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Huntington Beach on a map Map
Cuisine: Deep-Dish Pizza, Pasta, American, Brewhouse
Services: Online Take Out , Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout
16060 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 842-­9242 See the location of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Huntington Beach on a map Map
Cuisine: Deep-Dish Pizza, Pasta, American, Brewhouse
Services: Curbside Service, Online Take Out , Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
24032 El Toro Rd.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 900-­2670 See the location of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Laguna Hills on a map Map
Cuisine: Deep-Dish Pizza, Pasta, American, Brewhouse
Services: Curbside Service, Online Take Out , Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
216 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 429-­1199 See the location of Brick Pizzeria on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Reservations
1235 East Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 524-­1260 See the location of Brooklyn Pizza Works on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
34320 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-­0119 See the location of Bubba Kahunas on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
800 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 366-­3606 See the location of Bunos Pizza And Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
5205 East 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 438-­8763 See the location of Buona Gente on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
800 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA 92672
949.366.3606 See the location of Buono's Pizza & Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Services: Affordable Dining, Family Style, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
250 West Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 432-­2211 See the location of Buono's Pizzeria - West Ocean Blvd. on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Services: Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
7101 W Yorktown Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 374-­7678 See the location of Burtucci's New York Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Delivery
2800 North Main Street Suite 940
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 564-­9005 See the location of Cafe Sbarro on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 458-­9600 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen - Laguna Hills on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Californian
Services: Curbside Service, Online Take Out , Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
321 W. Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92802 On Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 991-­0305 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen Anaheim on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Californian
Services: Online Take Out , Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
7851 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 372-­3157 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen Huntington Beach on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Curbside Service, Online Take Out , Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
55 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 585-­9531 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen Irvine on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
61 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 628-­1800 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen Long Beach on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Pizza
Services: Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
2800 North Main Street Suite 872
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 479-­0604 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen Santa Ana on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Californian
Services: Online Take Out , Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
12171 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 430-­2695 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen Seal Beach on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Californian
Services: Curbside Service, Family Style, Online Take Out , Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
3001 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 838-­5083 See the location of California Pizza Kitchen Tustin on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Online Take Out , Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout
1770 South Harbor Boulevard Suite 140
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 772-­7207 See the location of California Pizza Place on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
3200 East Carpenter Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 630-­0925 See the location of Camelot Golfland Pizza Parlor on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
1241 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 980-­7605 See the location of Canadian Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
33585 Del Obispo Street
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-­0992 See the location of Casanova Ristorante on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations
626 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-­0512 See the location of Cassano's Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
3332 South Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 754-­4444 See the location of Chicago Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
31661 Camino Capistrano Suite 201
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 496-­5002 See the location of Ciao Pasta Trattoria on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Reservations
26861 Trabuco Road Suite B
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 707-­5775 See the location of Cicero's Pizzeria on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
24531 Trabuco Road Suite F
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 855-­3114 See the location of Cicero's Pizzeria Kithcen on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
4115 North Viking Way
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 420-­2113 See the location of Cirivello's Sport Stop on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Sports Bar
6969 La Palma Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 523-­3381 See the location of Ciro's Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
9317 Slauson Avenue
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 949-­2324 See the location of Clara Rio's Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
2175 West Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 535-­1948 See the location of Cortina's Italian Market on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Deli
Services: Affordable Dining, Authentic, Family Style, Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout
31 Fortune Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-­2222 See the location of Cucina Enoteca on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations
641 Camino De Los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 481-­4777 See the location of Cucina Pizzeria on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
19478 Beach Bl
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 963-­5111 See the location of Dano's Giant Manhattan Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
1200 East Orangethorpe Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 524-­5930 See the location of De Fazio's on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
16503 Whittier Boulevard
Whittier, CA 90603
(562) 943-­1611 See the location of De LUCA Italian Restaurant & Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
5339 East 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 439-­0261 See the location of Domenico's Belmont Shore on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
9921 Walker Street
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 821-­8080 See the location of Dominic's Ristorante Italiano on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
30242 Crown Valley Parkway Suite B1B
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 249-­1522 See the location of Domino's Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Fast Food
1100 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-­0333 See the location of Domino's Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
24310 Moulton Pkwy Ste L
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 830-­3000 See the location of Domino's Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Fast Food, Pizza
1500 Adams Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 751-­8777 See the location of Doria's Haus of Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
2937 Bristol
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 444-­3226 See the location of ECCO Restaurant on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Services: Outdoor Seating, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
22332 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 709-­2266 See the location of Embarcadero California Bistro on a map Map
Cuisine: American, Californian
Services: Affordable Dining, Entertainment, Hip, Live Music
20761 Lake Forest Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 855-­9257 See the location of Empanada Man Pizzeria on a map Map
Cuisine: Hand-crafted Empanadas & Pizzas, Argentinean/Italian
Services: Affordable Dining, Authentic, Family Style, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
21 The Paseo
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 901-­9700 See the location of Extreme Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Brunch, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery