Hungry? Grab a slice of thick or thin at some of Orange County’s best pizzerias. Deep-dish. Organic. Cookie pizzas. And, of course, the good ole neighborhood joints.
Vito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante
Vito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante is Chicago-style pizza, but done thin-crust style. The thin is the thing that makes this pizza so good. Vito’s has their pizza dough imported from Italy and uses “only the finest Wisconsin and Italian cheeses” available. And if you’re a thick-pizza person, you can order up their double-crust. This is authentic Italian, family-recipe cuisine that blends Northern and Southern Italian styles of cooking.
Not to be confused with the Vito’s on the Best Pizza in LA list!
Selma’s Pizzeria & Tap Room
Grandma Selma is the family matriarch behind the deep-dish deliciousness. Her from-scratch recipes live on at this bustling pizza place. Selma’s, in San Clemente and Rancho Santa Margarita, promises to save you a trip to Chicago with their homemade deep-dish pizza. It’s good, good stuff that you can always pair with a slew of brew on tap.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Yes their pizza is good, but this place rates for their deep-dish Pizookie cookie pizza. If you haven’t had a Pizookie, you are missing out. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest BJ’s and order yourself a hot-from-the-oven, sinfully good Chocolate- Chunk cookie topped with two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream and served in its own deep dish. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin Walnut cookies are also on the menu.
Organic, healthy pizza? It’s true. But don’t be scared, it’s delicious enough to fool anybody. 100% organic wheat flour is prepared fresh every day, hand-thrown and fire-baked until crisp. And their toppings combine award-winning skim mozzarella from Wisconsin, certified organic tomato sauce and lots of fresh produce. They’re known for their unique pizza combinations, gluten-free ways and they’re big on vegan options.
Hey what’s not to love about a good ol’ neighborhood pizza joint? Steaming hot, extra-cheesy pizza is always on the menu. Locals come to catch up and the staff is always friendly. It’s as unassuming as you can get. And you can easily keep the kids entertained with pinball games and video fun. Wine and beer offerings add extra spirit to the pizzeria.
Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California freelance writer, who longs for her hometown LaRosa’s Pizza. She’s always searching for West-Coast worthy contenders. You can keep up with her and her writings at Debbie in the OC.