2145 Pizza

2145 Placentia Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627


  • Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun., noon-9 p.m.
2145 Pizza is a pizzeria in Costa Mesa. Its existence couldn’t be any more head-scratching if it tried. The restaurant is built into a former car-repair garage and gas station in a not-particularly-notable part of Costa Mesa. And though the pizzaiolo there still bakes pies in the familiar dome of a wood-fueled oven at 800 degrees (as the Naples-style dictates), he uses a sourdough leavened by a 12-year-old starter brought here from Japan. Whatever business and celebrity forces conspired to conceive of this quirky place, only one thing is certain: 2145 has the nicest outdoor patio ever to be converted from the backside of a gas station. String lights dangle overhead, and on warm summer nights, you can have as romantic and intimate a dinner here as anywhere in Laguna Beach. It’s practically made for a rom-com scene in which Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey scheme their way into each other’s hearts.

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