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Pizza D'Oro Is the Golden Pizza

[Hole In the Wall] Classic Italian-American cuisine and a really, really big slice o' pie

Mark your calendars for Nov. 10, gentle readers: That's when the Weekly teams up with KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food With Evan Kleiman to present our second Happy Hour in Orange County. It'll be at Mesa (725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714-557-6700) and start at 7 p.m. Expect more of what we featured at our previous event together—giveaways, drink and food specials, hundreds of fellow foodies, great music, and me rambling like a madman.

We decided to hold it at Mesa, not just because it's an excellent restaurant with one of the cooler settings in our fair land, but also to highlight its eponymous city. Over the past decade, Costa Mesa has surpassed Laguna Beach and Newport Beach to become the second-best dining city in Orange County (sorry, folks, but I'll always have a hometown bias for Anaheim). Whether it's the high-end restaurants at South Coast Plaza, the young guns at Old Vine Café, the vegan stalwarts at Avanti, hidden surprises à la Rick's Atomic Cafe, or holes-in-the-wall such as Super Pollo, Costa Mesa truly does offer a little bit of everything to anyone needing something to grub. And yet when it comes to comfort food, and I'm not feeling like going to the TK Burger near the Weekly world headquarters, I usually head to the original Pizza D'Oro, that trio of checkered-tablecloth Italian restaurants that has stuffed eaters in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley for more than 40 years.

You can recite the menu from our collective Italian-American memory: the tangled network of spaghetti (served all-you-can-eat on Wednesday for a preposterous $4.95); the subs with enough girth to knock a baseball out of Angels Stadium; the garlic bread buttered until it's nearly sopping but still crispy; parmigiana of the veal, chicken and eggplant varieties that crunch like a chicken-fried steak. About the fanciest thing here are the baby clams with linguini, tart bivalves that nevertheless lose their subtlety under a mountain of yummy linguini. Pizza D'Oro isn't looking for foodie buzz so much as to fill you for the next three days.

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Pizza D'Oro

1145 Baker St., # C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Costa Mesa

Pizza D'Oro

10585 Slater Ave.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Fountain Valley

Pizza D'Oro

8468 Indianapolis Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Huntington Beach

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On that note, the main reason to visit the place is for the legendary Giant Slice of pizza. This goes beyond truth in advertising: For about five bucks, you get something as big as your face, so gargantuan you can't even fold it properly. Put this on your OC bucket list—better yet, hang out with us freaks and geeks at Mesa Nov. 10, and let's head to Pizza D'Oro afterward to soak up the booze. See you there!

 

This column appeared in print as "The Golden Pizza."

 
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ForknKnives
ForknKnives

they have a great Meatball Sandwich and last time I went a REALLY cute waitress at the Huntington location

cBc
cBc

I first learned wtf "calzone" was from this place. My old boss would bring in a couple pies & a calzone from Pizza D-Oro to work during the holidays, and the calzone was something chock full of goodness, all rolled up inside pizza dough. Who knew? Not I.

Pat
Pat

I've been putting Pizza D' up for years, YEARS! as best pizza. Lunchtime, the pizza is about $5 with a drink and salad. Get it with minced garlic on it, it's fantastic. And the all-you-can-eat specials are on different days at each location. There's also AYCE lasagna, both beef and vegetarian, at each one. Interestingly, each one has a slightly different vegetarian lasagna recipe (I can't remember now which throws in carrots and broccoli with the spinach noodles and mounds of ricotta and melty mozzarella. Also, each one's dinner salad is slightly different. One has shaved carrots on top of iceberg lettuce, another carrots and pepperoni, the third pepperoni and mozzarella. The salad isn't anything to write home about but it comes with the AYCE and lunch specials and the Italian dressing is great soaked up by both the garlic bread and the pizza. Final note, the FV location has a daily lunch buffet which cycles through food quickly. Steam trays of roasted chicken, roasted vegetables and potatoes, 2 types of pasta, maybe meatballs, 3 types of pizza. It's comfort food for cheap. Not the best buffet ever, but great for people with big appetites. When I'd go with coworkers I'd get the pizza or lasagna while they got the buffet, every time. Gustavo, I've been waiting for a review of Pizza D' for years and am gladdened to read that you frequent the place, uh, frequently.

 
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