La Rocco's Pizzeria

113 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672


  • Daily 11am-9pm
  • $
  • Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
La Rocco’s in San Clemente sells pizzas, and its premise is as straightforward as the pier: a display case features premade, thin-crust pizzas. You order by the slice; the staff heats it up. No pastas, no oversauced sogginess—just custom pies, pies so perfect in their emulation of the East Coast that they even please our token Jerseyite, Dave Lieberman. You can order the pizzas to taste, topping them with ingredients Southern Californians know and love such as sausage, black olives, jalapeños and anchovies. Trust the owners, though, and indulge in the house specialties: the baroque Bronx, just meatball, sausage and pepperoni on a tomato sauce as sweet as ‘Nofre’s breaks. Marvel at the Rhode Island, which uses serranos, avocados and a chipotle-based sauce to create the most unlikely Mexican foodstuff (what’s with the shoutout to the Ocean State?) since the Choco Taco. And, speaking of tacos, there’s even a taco pizza, a blizzard of Cheddar on ground beef and sour cream—Cal-Mex at its most embracing.

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