Pizza shapers at the family-owned Pappadoz eatery ornament freshly baked crust canvases with signature house-made tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a slew of gourmet ingredients. Specialty pies showcase barbecue-chicken breast or a medley of vegetarian toppings, and large calzones envelop mozzarella cheese and gourmet fixings like a warm parka zipped around a chilly parakeet. Freshly sliced 10-inch subs and pastas provide flavorful sustenance for pizza renouncers, and smoothies eschew added sugars in favor of natural fruits. Customers can perch upon stools within the cozy shop, connecting to complimentary WiFi and using a charging dock to keep their cell phones, laptops, and electronic tie racks working briskly.
History and tradition matter to The Black Olive Restaurant. While the eatery opened in 1989, its chefs are committed to far older culinary traditions. When preparing classic Italian cuisine, the chefs demonstrate this commitment by hand-rolling meatballs, making marinara sauce from scratch, and baking parmesan-tinged focaccia. These touches lend familiar flavors to dishes such as veal parmigiana, spicy sausage and pepper cacciatore, and salmon pesto pasta. Oven-crisped pizzas topped with everything from artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes to pepperoni and bacon help round out the selection.
The dining room exudes a similar Old World charm. Wooden trellises line the ceiling, supporting the copper pots and potted plants that dangle overhead. Decorative utensils?oversized spoons, spatulas, and toothpicks?adorn the walls, as does an impressionistic painting of a Venetian canal. In the evenings, small strands of lights surrounding each window flicker to life, contributing to the cozy, inviting ambiance.
Bolstered by a consistent stream of media praise, including a spotlight in the Daily Bruin in 2011, Extreme Pizza's thrill-seeking founders channel their penchant for outdoor adventure into a menu of healthy, creative pizzas. They habitually tweak the menu to incorporate new pies, many of which are available gluten-free, much like dictionaries with the "G" pages ripped out. Their chefs slice veggies and twirl dough each day before molding pizzas such as the Paia Pie, a smorgasbord of hawaiian pineapple, canadian bacon, and mandarin oranges atop a bed of mozzarella and cheddar. The website conveniently displays approximate calorie counts to accommodate diets and phobias of eating foods containing prime numbers.
Patrons can carryout take and bake pizzas or settle into the Redondo location and chow down beside a view of the ocean expanse. Kids blow through excess energy in the game area while adults scrutinize incoming broadcasts on TVs in the dining room.
A mere block from the ocean, the culinary savants at The Grillish conduct harmonious seafood symphonies with a bevy of fresh and healthy ingredients. Diners can dig for fried breaded oysters in a warm basket or choose tender morsels from a helping of mixed ceviche. Light fare includes handheld comestibles such as the crab and shrimp grillwich finished with West Coast trimmings such as avocado and alfalfa sprouts, and the Cajun white ruffy wrap stuffed to bursting with cabbage, tomatoes, and fish before being doused with house sauce. A platter of skewers takes center stage among entree options with a choice of grilled salmon, barramundi, or scallop and shrimp and accouterments including coleslaw, rice, or fries, and Cajun or butter sauce on the side to facilitate avant-garde recreations of The Little Mermaid.
Whether they are seated inside The Slice’s newly remodeled dining room or by the warm fire pit on the outdoor patio, customers can satisfy pizza cravings with bites of freshly baked pie. These mouth-watering discs are made to suit any taste, and options include traditional pizzas with pepperoni, stuffed pizzas with double crust, double cheese, and peppers, and gluten-free pizzas. Rounding out the menu are crisp mixed green salads, ziti with marinara sauce, buffalo wings, eggplant parmigiana subs, and homemade cookies.
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 buffalo 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) or olive oil, and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, gluten-free crust $14.99, each additional topping $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 thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free), 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 thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free).