Pizza is a basic American cuisine. Sure, pizza has its roots in Italy, but the pizza most of us crave is a unique blend of American, Italian and other foods. Other foods? Many cultures feature a dough dish with a meat or cheese topping. In others words, pizza!
In the Conejo Valley, there are many pizza joints. Many are chains, including Little Caesars, Domino's, Papa Johns and Round Table. For this exercise, I'm going to limit my thoughts to local establishments, with several exceptions.
The pizzas discussed are not pies, which usually are deep dish. These are thin crust New York Italian delights.
At the top of the local eateries is Pizzeria La Piccola. La Piccola is an Italian endearing term meaning “my dear little one.” A simple basic menu allows the purveyors to concentrate on making pizzas. A thin New York style crust topped with a fresh zesty pizza sauce and covered with mozzarella cheese is the base pizza.
Salads and sandwiches are very good, but the pizza is my favorite in the area. Still serving from their current location, look for a move to a new building soon.
1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. #116
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Next on my list is Tony’s Pizza in Newbury Park. Another New York think crust joint, the pizza comes hot and tasty. The Italian salad with house made ranch and Italian is a great compliment to the pizza. This place really looks like it could be on Lexington Avenue in New York. Not much in the way of atmosphere, but lots of attention to the food. They have a variety of salads and sandwiches as well.
3333 Kimber Dr.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
An unusual pizza is the Lehmecûn at Niroj Levant in Agoura. This is a Mid Eastern style pizza and house made everyday. Finely ground seasoned beef and lamb top a thin crust (the thinnest of the three places). I put salad on the pizza and roll it up. This is a find and one of the nicest serving staffs around. This is not your typical pizza, but it is wonderful.
30313 Canwood St.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Two brief mentions of chain places. Mulberry Street offers a New Yorkers dream pizza. Mulberry Street is in the heart of Little Italy in the Big Apple. Great food places line the street from diner houses to places claiming to have served the last meal for a number of mobsters.
Not as well known as the big guys, the pizza beats all major chains hands down. The sauce is amazing, with a wide range of toppings.
Mulberry Street Pizzeria
1655 E Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Greco’s in the Janss Marketplace makes a good pizza. The owners have added some of their own spices to the offerings, making it a bit different than other Greco’s. Unlike some of the other places, Greco’s has an extensive menu. Of course the star of the menu is the pizza.
You can almost imagine someone singing in Italian and throwing the dough up in the area here. Red and white-checkered tablecloths (plastic but still checkered) adorn the tables. There is a feeling of New York here, an atmosphere that the other establishments don’t have.
Greco’s New York Pizzeria
245 N Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360