Category California

Lamonicas NY-Pizza—Trying to be NY in LA

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Randy Newman was singing “I Love LA” around the same time I heard New York City rocker Garland Jeffreys shout from The Bottom Line stage “LA sucks!” I guess that there’s always been a culture contrast and rivalry between the two coasts, and there probably will always be. Me? I’ll always be […]

Roberta’s–Brooklyn Pizza Comes to Cali

It had been a few years since my last trip to LA. I was quite pleased that my recent one managed to coincide with the opening of the newest Roberta’s in the suburb to the south of Culver City, just blocks away from where I was staying. Having already journeyed to their original home space […]

Golden Boy Pizza—San Francisco Square Kills It!

Although I was a child of the 70s, I totally embraced the music and spirit of the Flower Power decade of the 60s for which San Francisco was the epicenter. So, for me, walking the streets of North Beach was a mind-blowing experience. One highlight was snorting down an Espresso named for the late Jefferson […]

Jersey Restaurant—Pizza with a Taste of Trenton in San Francisco

Still discovering new pizza in the vast Bay Area, I got quite excited when I came across Jersey Restaurant. Run by two restauranteurs who moved west from the Pizza State, I liked what I saw at their website. The probability seemed high that Jersey would be one of the pizza highlights of my recent stay […]

Nizario’s Pizza—Somewhat Satisfying San Francisco Slice

In the midst of my second recent extended stay in San Francisco, there still were a few promising pizza places I had planned to visit. There also were tons of places that I lacked good intel on and some that just looked like they’d be downright awful. One that showed a spark of hope was […]

Bus Stop Pizza—Nothing Special, But A San Francisco Slice You Might Like

Bus stop, wet day, she’s there, I say, “Please share my slice of pizza.” My apologies to songwriter Graham Gouldman and the hit song “Bus Stop” he wrote for The Hollies in 1966, but I just couldn’t resist. However, just one look (yet another Hollies pun!) at the photo above, and you will see why […]

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca—Some Killer Crust in Napa

Visiting the Cali-transplanted side of the family for Thanksgiving, we took a drive north from the Bay Area to the city of Napa. The Pizza Snob’s first and perhaps only-ever visit to the wine country would of course have to include pizza. Fortunately, this turned out to be an easy outing to convince the group […]