For many people, pizza is at the top of their culinary list, especially among kids and teens. This makes finding the right pizza parlor very difficult at times. While it is possible to surf the web to find the best pizza in Orange County, this list of five restaurants can be the stop to your search. Look no further because the best pizza from the area is found at these O.C. spots.
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Il Dolce Restaurant
1902 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Il Dolce is located in a renovated strip mall in Costa Mesa and while the dining room is not very large, it is full of light and the aroma of sweet wood. The chef and proprietor, Roberto Binges, was trained in the art of making Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza, and brings a taste of Italy to Orange County from his native Argentina. In addition to traditional California and Italian pizzas and pastas, the impressive menu also features items like spicy beef empanadas, crispy calamari and wild mushroom bruschetta – all at affordable prices. One of the standouts on the list is the Prosciutto Cotto E Peperone Dolce – the perfect combination of salty and sweet. This pie is thin-crust and wood-fired to darken the edges, topped with parma prosciutto, cooked ham, sweet red peppers and green olives and a touch of tomato sauce and virgin olive oil.
Tony’s Little Italy
1808 N Placentia Ave, Unit B
Placentia, CA 92870
The namesake owner, Tony Manzella, was born in Palermo, Italy. This family-owned pizzeria, in operation since 1978, prides itself on authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza made from authentic ingredients like pizza dough made from scratch in the restaurant’s kitchen. Diners can choose thin crust pies topped a variety of cheeses, Canadian bacon, sausages, pepperoni, vegetables, sauces, olives or onions to name a few. Or, come hungry and order the deep-dish, stuffed or pan pizza, piled with the same combinations. Take note that if you go with a deep-dish pizza, you’ll likely be full after only one slice, so order the appropriate size for a hearty meal or for ample leftovers. Tony’s Little Italy has received great reviews in OC Weekly, Orange County Register and the blog All About The Food. The menu is attractively priced from the appetizers through the dinner menu. The daily lunch special varies Monday through Saturday, featuring items like lasagna, spaghetti, eggplant, ravioli and manicotti. Prices hover around $8-$8.50.
New York Pizzeria
28083 Moulton Parkway, Suite C5
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
New York Pizzeria claims to be the best pizza in Laguna Niguel at reasonable prices. It just re-opened after a remodel and the installation of a large-screen plasma TV. The extensive list of appetizers, salads, entrees and deserts is made from the freshest ingredients with a New York flavor. The pizza crust is of medium thickness, but the cooks will make thin crust or deep pan crust on request. The gourmet vegetarian pie is the best option for all palates. The pie starts with a base of a white sauce, and is topped with feta and mozzarella cheese, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and green onions. Visit the website to grab coupons for your next pizza craving. The pizzeria also offers a dine-in special on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, when you can buy two large 14″ pizza from the specialty menu and pay only $3 for a 60-oz pitcher of domestic beer or $4 for a bottle of house wine.
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
1550 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Naples Ristorante, located in downtown Disney, offers a casual atmosphere to enjoy thin-crust pizzas, as well as a full menu of regional specialties. Though Haute Living named Naples Ristorante one of the top pizzerias in Orange County, this is not a tourist trap, but instead a place to get authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. Choose from a tomato sauce, white sauce or special pizza option. The Finocchiona Pizza encompasses the delicious tastes of the Naples region with toppings of salame, sautéed onions, tomatoes and mozzarella. Whatever pie you choose, the crust is some of the best in town, made with flour imported directly from southern Italy. The spacious patio, special children’s menu, refreshing wines and spirits are some additional reasons to visit and have a hands-on pizza party. Parking at the Downtown Disney Parking lot is free for the first 3 hours.
Pizza e Vino
31441 Santa Margarita Parkway, Suite M
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Pizza e Vino is known for its artisan pizza baked at 850 degrees in a wood-burning oven that was imported from Italy. Each pizza is made from Italian flour and hand-formed daily, smothered with tomato sauce from tomatoes grown in the San Marzan Valley in Italy and topped with hand-made fior de latte mozzarella and a variety of meats and vegetables. For those craving a salty option, order the Sicilian white anchovy, California garlic and oregano pie. It’s unique but delicious nonetheless. The romantic atmosphere comes with a wine bar serving California wines and craft beer imported from Italy, and accompanied by classical Italian music. It does not get any more authentic than that. Take-out is available seven days a week.
800 W Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
This restaurant has two other locations, one in Singapore and the other in Los Angeles. Open daily from noon to midnight, it caters to the business lunch or late-night snack diners, with prices topped off around $30. Customers can choose from a selection of 50 Italian wines, with prices capped at $50. Despite the great prices, the menu is the real draw to this pizzeria. One of the most unique combinations offered is the egg, bacon, Yukon Gold potatoes and Bermuda onions pizza. Other menu options include a selection of antipasta, salads, bruschette and the restaurant’s signature gelato.
Mona Graham is a freelance writer, who has been writing for Examiner.com since 2011 as an Anaheim city guide and Santa Ana New Zealand Travel. Mona has lived in Orange County since 1958 and knows all the different cities and towns that make up the area. Her hobbies are travelling, writing and photography. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.