Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto), and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, extra-large $14.99; each additional topping for a large is $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large).
From the outside, Maximiliano looks like just another pizza restaurant. Yet inside, there’s an artistically modern feel, with concrete floors, long banquettes with black padded cushions and outdoor lighting that hangs inside the middle of the restaurant, above a boomeranging communal table. Since the restaurant is of an Old School Italian style, one wall has paintings of spaghetti – art students worked with the architect to help design this Andre Guerrero-owned space, creating a whimsical environment. Almost everything on the menu is made from scratch, including the ample breads, pastas and aforementioned pizzas. The draft beer is from Craftsman Brewing Company, one of the oldest craft beer companies in Southern California, and on warm nights, there’s a lovely garden patio in the back with a vertical garden hanging on a fence.
Rose City Pizza creates Italian cuisine and authentic New York¬–style pizzas using high-quality ingredients and handmade pizza dough. Drawing on their Scuola Italiano Pizzaioli–certified skills, master pizza chefs knead, toss, and transform flour paste into a flurry of large specialty pizzas. Although the selection varies from day to day, Rose City always offers cheese-pie lovers a marvelous variety of tomato sauciness. Cherry peppers and melted mozzarella on a slice of Spicy Pepperoni admirably complement most pool-cleaning parties, and the Spinach Pie (white sauce, garlic, and sautéed spinach) is certain to please cheek-pinching matriarchs and inflatable-forearmed sailor men alike. To celebrate a victory or commiserate over a defeat, sports fans can stick around and indulge in Canadian ham, bacon bits, and pineapple chunks waiting on The Aloha, gulp a slice of Tomato Pesto, or find comfort in a doughy disc of meat-shunning Veggie Delight. Swing by the restaurant or call ahead to see what specialty offerings are available that day.
The chefs at Numero Uno Pizza are confident it will only take one bite of their specialty pizzas to become hooked. This might be a thick-crust pizza, made with their secret recipe of slightly sweet dough before topped with homemade sauce, pure mozzarella and romano cheeses, and diced tomatoes. Or it could be a thin-crust pie, which begins with hand-stretched dough topped with a full-bodied sauce blended with spices and tomato, plus the same cheeses and a hint of oregano. And that's just the beginning: specialty pies include shrimp pizzas loaded with fresh garlic and shrimp, green onions, and sundried tomatoes, or the Slaughterhouse Five, piled with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers.?Along with Numero Uno Pizza's specialty pies, the menu also includes a wide variety of pastas, hot sandwiches, and fresh salads.
Founded in 1983 as a delivery-focused business, Pinocchio's Pizza began crafting New York–style pizzas in its current high-ceilinged home three years ago. As topping-strewn pies and house-made pastas travel from the kitchen into the wood-paneled dining room, guests monitor nearby flat-screen TVs tuned to football and professional staring leagues and sip wine and beer in a semi-enclosed arched bar area. As the notes of live jazz float over tables on Saturday nights, private shindigs take place in a nearby banquet room, where chandeliers look down benevolently at special events.
Johnny Rockets' menu and kids’ menu win a lot of awards, particularly for fresh, never-frozen hamburgers. Chase them with fries and onion rings and wash it all down with a fountain drink such as a deluxe hand-dipped oreo cookies and cream shake, root beer float, or flavored soda pop (cherry or vanilla). If you're more partial to poultry, Johnny Rockets also offers grilled chicken breast sandwiches and crispy chicken club salads. Johnny Rockets' cream and red Eisenhower-era décor, tabletop jukeboxes, and smiling, dancing servers make it feel like an Archie comic (but not the issue where Archie gets drafted).