Some like it thick
Some like it thick
Anne Marie Panoringan

73. Sicilian Style Pepperoni Pizza at Perry's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

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We know we are in the minority when it comes to pizza. So sue us if we like our crust with some chew; we'll keep right on munching. Our preferred style used to be all about Chicago. That is, until we were led down an alternative path in Garden Grove.

First generation Italian-American John Vairo has been a Perry's franchise owner in Garden Grove since 1974. Over the span of 40 years, he expanded upon the pizza concept to include pasta recipes handed down from his Calabrian parents. His goal was to serve great food at reasonable prices in a family atmosphere. And that's exactly how we felt while meeting someone here for lunch.

Non-conformist to round pies, these slices are raised on a rectangular pan. Normally served with few toppings, it's also less saucy than the competition. Its density reminds us of focaccia, but with a bonus of being hot and cheesy. The taste is comforting, and who couldn't use some comfort?

Perry's Pizza & Italian Restaurant is located at 6937 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, (714) 898-7670;

The List:

74. Kabocha Honey Nuts at Kabuki 75. Smashed Potatoes at Standing O 76. Dim Sum at Seafood Cove #2 77. Loco Moco at Bread Crumb Ohana Cafe 78. Bratwurst at Barley Forge 79. Beef Noodle Soup at (Wafting Fragrance) Noodle House 80. Taco de Nopal at Urban Cactus 81. Fried Chicken at Crazy Chi-Mac 82. Mole Tots at Amor y Tacos 83. Khao Soi at S.T. Noodle Bar 84. Chili Cone Queso at Cozy Cone Motel 85. Crispy Smelt at Big Catch Seafood 86. Teriyaki Chicken Plate at California Plate 87. Combo Plate at MasalaCraft 88. Cornbread Waffle & Chicken at Mrs. Bea's 89. Everything at Crispy Town 90. Kurobuta Pork Belly Bánh Mì at Mendocino Farms 91. Tostilocos at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice" 92. Milanesa at Delicias Peruanas 93. Super Nachos at Kelly's Korner Tavern 94. Tortas at Sliced and Diced Eatery 95. Seasonal Dumplings at Coconut Rabbit 96. Burrito de Birria de Res from Burritos La Palma 97. Bò Kho at Song Long Restaurant 98. Pancake Sandwich at Willowick Golf Course 99. Tahdig at Tanor Fresh Mediterranean Grill 100. Quatro Formaggi Panini at Old Vine Cafe

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