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    August 11, 2014

    Build-Your-Own Pizza Comes to Santa Ana, Get It By Donating Some Money to Charity

    Looks like Santa Ana's going to be the next city in Orange County to get a fancy build-your-own pizza joint. PizzaRev, a Blaze Pizza / Pieology-style pizzeria will be opening the doors of its corner store on Bristol Street and MacArthur next Thursday, Aug. 14. And hey, they know how to celebrate a ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Five Things Downtown Santa Ana Needs

    I find myself in downtown SanTana more and more these days, whether it's buying clothes at Fallas-Paredes or having a drink at the Little Sparrow, and I love it. I love that it's a place that's still got one foot in its traditions and the other in its future. But from a food and drink perspective, t ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Creations Pizzeria Opens in Tustin

    What is Creations Pizzeria? Why, it's yet another create-your-own pizza joint, wherein you pick your toppings on a pizza, have it applied on raw dough, have said dough baked into your pie in minutes as you wait. This is the kind of model you might have seen before in, well, just about every new piz ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Adriatic Coast at Pizzeria Ortica, Our Drink of the Week!

    Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa has been a smash from the moment it opened except in one category--booze. For about a year, I refused to even visit because during a lunchtime visit, they had no cocktails--unacceptable. But around last year was the time Joel Caruso became head of Ortica's alcohol, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    This Week In Food: Tamale Songs, a Disastrous Beerfest, and Beating the Wait at the Border

    Hello ladies and gents, sorry we missed you last week! Let's take a look at what happened this week in food... Edwin visited the darling Taco Maria at its new home in the OC Mix for his weekly review. Then he announced that Craftsman, a wood-fired pizza place, will be opening in Placentia, and a Wa ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    5 Things You'd Thought You'd Miss After Going Vegan

    The decision to go vegan can be an overwhelming one, especially in a culture where animal products are in so many different foods. But with growing interest in alternative sources of meals that don't include meat or dairy, many products that vegans thought were gone for good are opening back up. Som ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    SPIN! Pizza Reveals Second and Third OC Locations

    Was it just yesterday that I said that if you're not opening a waffle sandwich joint, you're probably opening an assembly-line pizza place? Well, now there's news that even more assembly-line pizza places are coming to OC. has a story revealing that SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, which was ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    On The Line: Justin Miller Of Pizzeria Ortica, Part One

    Chef Justin Miller isn't one to hobnob with guests; he spends his time perfecting the menu at Pizzeria Ortica. He grew up a water baby, but learned cooking was his real passion. The importance of food was instilled early in his life, making for some great stories in this week's OTL. Could you elabo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Sapori Ristorante Planning a Pizzeria Next Door

    Not to be outdone by the Pieologies and Mozzas of the world, Sapori Ristorante which has been a fixture at Bayside Center in Newport Beach since 1989 is going to expand into a pizzeria spin-off.

  • Food

    July 4, 2013

    San Giovanni: A Halal Lot of Slices

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim pizzeria is one of the few in the county that makes halal pizzas

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    June 5, 2013

    On The Line: David Coleman Of Michael's (On Naples & Pizzeria), Part Two

    Michael Dene may be the proprietor (and Massimo Aronne its GM), but chef David Coleman is the brains in the Long Beach kitchen of Michael's on Naples. We continue our interview before he begins prepping for dinner service, making references to our favorite food city, "San Francisco is a great city t ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    On The Line: David Coleman Of Michael's (On Naples & Pizzeria), Part One

    Chefs are a beast in the kitchen. But when you sit down with them, many are rather quiet. Take executive chef David Coleman. He may have a dozen thoughts racing through his mind, but he speaks calmly and with thoughtfulness. Never mind the fact that he's linked to one of the highest rated LA restaur ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Vegan Pizza Opens in Garden Grove

    If Pizza & Chicken Love Letter wins the prize for the most fanciful pizzeria name, the new Vegan Pizza would win for the most no-nonsense. Vegan Pizza serves, you guessed it, vegan pizzas. It just opened in Garden Grove and claims to be the first vegan pizzeria in Orange County. As far as I know ... More >>

  • Food

    March 28, 2013

    Michael's Pizzeria Bar Exam

    Sit at the bar to watch your pizzas being made at its new location in downtown Long Beach

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    March 20, 2013

    An Unsliced Bit of Italy in Fullerton: Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana

    "This place is the real deal," I said. My friend Angelo, who spent his formative years playing calcio in a dusty lot in Catanzaro, near the toe of the Italian boot, rolled his eyes."Everybody always says that," he grumbled, "and then I go and they're putting sausage and pepperoni on crappy focaccia ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Crystal Cove

    Mozza, Ortica, Il Dolce, meet your newest competitor. A new pizzeria by the name of Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is planned for Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Beach, and they're pretty much offering what every new pizza joint that isn't Pielogy and 800 Degrees is offering these days: pizz ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Michael's Pizzeria Opens In Downtown Long Beach

    Michael's, which began as a very good fine dining Italian restaurant on Long Beach's Naples Island (and still is), is opening its third pizzeria today. This one is at Downtown Long Beach's Promenade. According to its Facebook, the mayor will be there for a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.

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    September 25, 2012

    KFC Japan Starts Selling Deep-Fried Mashed Potato With Bacon In It

    We probably need to start a new blog category for food items some branches of our homegrown fast-food brands are coming up with overseas. That hot-dog in a pizza crust at UK Pizza Huts was genius. McDonald's in Australia's lamb burger is an idea whose time has come.See also:McDonald's In China Sells ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    On the Line: Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part Three

    The second concept in the works was previously written up by Niyaz. Pizzeria Solo in Yorba Linda will feature 10 classic pizzas, plus a full kitchen to accommodate an extended menu of chicken, steak and fish entrees. We're crossing our fingers that both joints will launch by end of the year.Greg inf ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    The New York Pizza Faktory Joins OC's Burgeoning Halal Scene

    The thought of eating an oozingly delicious all-halal BBQ chicken pizza at another restaurant besides Anaheim's San Giovanni's Pizza seemed blasphemous at first, but the more (halal) pizza, the merrier, right? The New York Pizza Faktory has opened its second location in Tustin, after having well-est ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    On the Line: Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part One

    Greg should be the unofficial city ambassador for San Clemente. Not only does he reside there and prefers the beach, but he enjoys dining close to home. And why not? Greg shares stories of his mom's insane cookie-making skills, and we discuss two more concepts the owner has in the works. More on tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Brizio Pizza in Lake Forest: The Oily, Saucy Pizza of Your Youth

    For a neighborhood with a lot of chain restaurants, the area around the Lake Forest/Mission Viejo border has a lot of independent pizza places. Rubino's cheesy slices, with their bread stick-like crust, tend to be my favorite, but Big O To-Go, the two (totally-different) Cicero's and Biagio's all ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2012

    The Best Of Coachella: Friday, April 20, 2012

    See also: *Our complete Coachella coverageThe first weekend of Coachella: cold, damp, and wet. The second weekend of Coachella: hot, sultry, and steamy. Here are our scribes' picks for the best of what they saw on Friday, April 20 at Coachella.

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    March 14, 2012

    Pizza e Vino Owner Planning New Restaurant in North County

    ​When Steve Dickus opened Pizza e Vino a few years ago on Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, I wondered how he would stay in business. His Neapolitan pizzas are the best in South County, but opening a high-end pizzeria in the middle of a recession in one of O.C.'s most remote locales seemed crazy (Ortic ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Eating Good Mexican-American Food In... Greenwich Village?!

    ​I hate driving past signs advertising New York pizza. With a couple of very rare exceptions, it's almost never any good, but people have this einredenish--this self-imposed delusion--that places advertising New York pizza will actually be able to produce the chewy, slightly sour crust, the tangy ... More >>

  • Food

    February 2, 2012

    Chow, Bella, at Ciao! Deli and Pizzeria

    [Hole In the Wall] The Costa Mesa dive perfects Italian-American classics

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    December 16, 2011

    10 Great Pizzerias In Orange County

    ​We'll start at the end of the mystery, like the film Memento: Why didn't I include your favorite in this list of 10 great pizzerias that we Weeklings love? Because that's what the comments section is for, dear reader. Without further delay, here are 10 great pizzerias in Orange County!

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Five Shitty Corporate Ripoffs of Regional Food Favorites

    ProfessorSalt.comWhat real bagels should look like​ You know what bugs me about chain restaurants? It's the way they co-opt the names of distant regional foods and market their shitty versions as the real thing to people in a different part of the world who don't know any different and grow up thi ... More >>

  • Food

    October 27, 2011

    Mozza Offers Pizza By Batali

    Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's long-awaited Newport Beach outpost of their pizza hut finally opens

  • Food

    September 15, 2011

    Pie-ology Has Pizza Possibilities

    [Hole In the Wall] This Fullerton shop lets you customize your pie

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    September 2, 2011

    [UPDATED, With Mini-Review!] Pizzeria Mozza Newport Beach Open Today. NOW!

    ProfessorSalt.comMozza's Ipswich clam clam pizette​UPDATE: September 2, 4:15 pm. So after we broke the news of Mozza's opening late in the evening, we rushed over as soon as we could and fought our way to the hostess station to put in our name. Apparently lots of Newport locals were keeping watch ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Five Signs Of a Real New York Pizzeria

    Flickr user nicksherman​If I had a dollar for every time I've been into a "New York Style" pizzeria and walked out amazed at how awful people are at interpreting the seminal food of my misspent youth, I'd be able to retire and never write another word again.It's amazing--people will attempt to clo ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Pizzeria Mozza's Newport Beach Branch to Open Next Week?

    Mozza Facebook ​On Saturday afternoon, Joe Bastianich (business partner to Mario Batali and many, many restaurants) made an appearance at Hi-Time Wine Cellars to promote the soon-to-open Pizzeria Mozza. In addition, the shop held a special tasting featuring the family wineries of La Mozza and Bas ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    A Slice of New York Pizza to Open Second Location

    ProfessorSalt.comA Slice of NY Pizza's Seal Beach location​Huntington Harbour residents will soon have a new neighbor: Seal Beach's A Slice of New York Pizza will open its second location, next to Trader Joe's in the Huntington Harbour Mall. According to employee Eric Hodgin, the expected opening ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Pie-Ology Pizzeria: The Study Of Kustom Pizza

    ​If Costa Mesa is the county's epicenter for the noveau pizza movement best exemplified by Pizzeria Ortica, then North County is the land of the dinosaur joints, where places like Cortina's in Anaheim and Placentia's Tony's Little Italy haven't changed their pie recipe in decades, if ever. Fast-fo ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Killer Pizza, Part Two: Oven Technique

    Photo by Flickr user Jeff Kubina​ In Part One, we talked about how to ferment a wet pizza dough recipe slowly in your refrigerator. This week, we'll talk about tips and tricks to shape that dough and turn your home oven into a reasonably good replica of a brick-lined deck oven like you'd find in ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Domino's Calls Out Papa John's

    A while back, Papa John's claimed they used better ingredients in their pizzas than Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut sued them and won a judgment that Papa John's couldn't use the slogan "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza." because it falsely implied that the competition's ingredients were not fresh or wholesome ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010
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    January 20, 2010

    Recipe of the Week: Talk Dirty to Me, Cookbook(blog)

    Recipes can be so damn genteel sometimes, especially in the food porn-heavy cookbooks of recent years, where every egg is photographed as if from a golden goose and each step, each direction reeks of timidity. Batters are folded gently. Greens are dressed lightly. Soups are simmered slowly. Even Gor ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Il Dolce Pizzeria To Debut This Week In Costa Mesa

    Craig Medici​Look out Pizzeria Ortica: another artisanal-style pizzeria cometh. Fellow chowhound and frequent tipster Craig Medici has clued me on a place which I've only heard about on paper. This one is called Il Dolce and looks to be a contender to be reckoned with. He writes: "I thought ... More >>

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    September 21, 2009

    Best News EVER? LA's Mozza Might Be Coming to OC

    ​This really is the most exciting thing I've heard in a long time.According to the LA Times' Daily Dish, Mozza is considering expanding its brood into the OC. No word yet on whether we're talking Osteria or Pizzeria or--dare we even think it?--both.

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    September 3, 2009
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    August 12, 2009

    Dance Music Pick of the Week: Sultan at Code

    ​In the early '00s, after the hype of club culture peaked and many Johnny-come-latelys went home, a new generation of DJs and producers ascended. These younger men and women entered club-land for the right reasons--the music--and came armed with digital-production and social-networking skills that ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    March 15, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Pizza for Pesos: Chicago Pizza

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    December 8, 2005

    Deep Dish Deliverance

    Solving the horror of the pizza lunch with Tony’s Little Italy

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    April 21, 2005
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    February 3, 2005
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    November 18, 2004
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    August 28, 2003

    Love Your CountryEat American

    A Guide to Orange Countys Best U.S. City Meals

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