It's almost a tradition now: seasoned staff members of Krony's Pizza love the business so much that they open their own location. After three decades, this rite of passage has brought Krony's third location from its home in upstate New York to the West coast. Amid bright orange walls and checkered floors, homemade pizzas depart the oven steaming in white, pink, or red sauce beside hot subs, hearty wraps, and fresh salads. The eatery's free WiFi allows easy access to email or pointers on protecting the roof of one's mouth from impatient chomping on too-hot pizza.
At La Riviera Family Pizza, chefs slather homemade sourdough crust with marinara, artichoke, or pesto sauce before piling on toppings such as whole-milk mozzarella cheese, salami, and sundried tomatoes. Gourmet toppings also fill calzones, which ooze with a blend of melted mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta cheeses. Other Italian specialties include homemade pasta dishes such as lasagna and ravioli and sandwiches such as meatball subs and roast beef au jus.
The al dente experts at Johnny Pasta's serve up hearty helpings of made-to-order pastas smothered in homemade sauce. Drizzled in a rich butter-and-white-wine sauce, a made-to-order mound of linguine and clams ($12.95) quiets vociferous bellies with garlicky bites of tender baby clams, and vegetarians cure their kind-hearted carb cravings with forkfuls of zucchini, broccoli, portobello mushrooms, and italian squash that has lived out a long, meaningful life. Create your own culinary jumble ($9.95+) from a list of five pasta shapes, such as rigatoni or penne; five homemade sauces, such as pesto or pink sauce; and five add-ons, such as meatballs or shrimp. Or hew saucy slices from a slab of Johnny's Lasagna ($10.95), a freshly baked assemblage of ground beef, pork, and italian sausage bonded by gooey layers of ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Johnny Pasta's augments its main mealtime menu with a variety of hot sandwiches ($8.50+), as well as red and white wines by the glass ($4+) or bottle ($16+).