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Finding a great personal-sized pizza is a challenge, but if you can find that great place for lunch, you are likely to become a regular. Just the right amount of food, so you don’t have to worry about leftovers, and at a reasonable price. Here are some of the best options available in Orange County. Whether you are in south Orange County or north Orange County, these gems are well worth the trip.
(credit: Rance's Pizza)

(credit: Rance’s Pizza)


Rance’s Chicago Pizza
1420 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-2143
www.rancespizza.com

If you are looking for a great pizza with Chicago-type flair, this is it. Reasonably-priced lunch specials are served Monday-Friday. There are a wide variety of toppings from which to choose, and if you are in a time crunch you can call in your lunch order and have it waiting for you when you arrive. This is a delicious option for lunch and is likely to prompt you to return for a full size pizza in either stuffed, pan or thin crust. This spot could easily become a habit. You can even get a take-and-bake.

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(credit: Bob G./yelp)


Pizza Nova
2601 Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 574-4099
www.pizzanova.net

If you are looking for wood-fired goodness, Pizza Nova in Newport Beach is your place. Thin crispy delicious crust with your choice of toppings. Located in Newport Beach, the setting is beautiful as well. With tasty options such as gorgonzola pear, Thai chicken and Pepperoni white, there is something for everyone. You can also opt for gluten-free crust. There are more than enough reasons to make this your next lunch stop. Once you try it, you will want to tell all your friends. Lunch specials are offered daily.

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(credit: PizzaRev)


PizzaRev
3605 S. Bristol St
Santa Ana, ST 92704
(714) 708-2587
www.pizzarev.com

“Craft your own”, is what PizzaRev is all about. Choose from thick or thin crust and choose from one of four different sauces and six different cheeses, not to mention a wide variety of toppings. No matter what you choose, you will not be disappointed. Feel free to style your personal pizza however you like. With the bevy of options, even your pickiest of friends will find this a nice spot for lunch. There are options for gluten-free crust and vegan cheese. Grab a friend and come on in.

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(credit: Joanne C./yelp)


Pie Nation
21210 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 874-1147
www.pienation.com

Some might consider this, nirvana. You build it yourself, but you may have to step back and think it over, when you realize you can choose from eight different sauces, six different cheeses and toppings too numerous to list. After much deliberation, you may wind up resorting to ordering one of the specialty pizzas on the menu, but that is just fine. If there is a particular topping you would like to add to a specialty pizza, it is no problem. Come in and treat yourself to some great artisan pizza.

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(credit: First Class Pizza)


First Class Pizza
18671 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 964-4800
www.firstclasspizzaoc.com

Last, but definitely not least, this jewel is definitely worthy of the name on the storefront. Both thick and thin crusts are cooked to perfection, with generous amounts of cheese and toppings. Either create your own, or choose from specialty pies such as Basilicious, Big cheese and chicken pesto, just to name a few. In fir lunch ? Just order a mini or small size. The personal pizzas are awesome, but if you are particular about shapes, just order a “giant slice.” Give First Class Pizza a try, you will love it.

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