One of the first meals I ever ate in Pasadena was pizza, at the long gone Manny’s Pizza on Fair Oaks. It wasn’t the best pizza, but I would soon discover that there were plenty of good places to get a slice. And lately it seems, there are more pizza places than ever. While it may seem that a plethora of pizza places is an overload, it really just means variety. Whether you like it thick or thin, gourmet or plain cheese, there’s a pie out there with your name on it.
The Trendy Chain Pizza Joints
L.A. doesn’t have the same reputation for pizza as New York, but we do have our share of cult chains. A few of them can be found locally, including the national Blaze Pizza, which lets you create your own personal pizza. Next to the Laemmle Theater on Colorado, it’s great for a quick bite before or after the show. And recently 800 Degrees came to town as well, cooking up Neapolitan style pies. If you like your pizza with a little less guilt by the slice, zpizza promises natural ingredients and has gluten free and vegan options available.
The Gourmet Goodness
In a foodie town, gourmet pizzas are to be expected. The Luggage Room has become near legendary with their creative toppings like the popular Avocado Festival. If you can’t make up your mind, hit them up on Monday and Tuesday nights when the second pizza you order is only $5. Avanti Café has an unassuming spot on Lake, but its pizzas have been named Pasadena’s Best for the past many years. I tend to go for the classics, but Avanti has made a name for itself with creative toppings that can be found on the Seafood Pizza or if you’re really brave, go for the Glazed Apple.
And many more perfect pizza places that are nearly too numerous to mention.