Saturday, February 27, 2010

Checking Out at the Pizza Store

The Pizza Store
2091 E. Orangethorpe Ave.
Placentia, CA 92870

My family has been going to the Pizza Store for years, even my sister worked there for a brief stint in the mid 90's, man that seems like a long time ago! But really not too much has changed with the place, it is a quiet pizza place, you will not find video games, big screen TV's or animated mice anywhere here. In fact on the Saturday night we visited, we were the only ones in the place. The waiter said it has been hit and miss, in terms of being busy, so this was definitely a slow time for them, lets hope it is not because of the food. 

Katie and my Dad both opted for pasta dishes and they both included the salad above. The salad was okay. I liked the fact that it had a lot of mozzarella cheese on it, but it was really just a basic dinner salad, nothing to rave about here.

Here is the appetizer that my Mom always gets when they go to the Pizza Store, the Garlic Sticks. They actually have two extra, for a total of six, but I could not snap the picture quick enough before the other two mysteriously disappeared. I think that these are okay, they are good dipped in ranch.

Here is Katie's Cheese Ravioli. This dish was covered with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. It really came out hot. I liked the taste of this dish and really enjoyed the $8.95 price tag. Great value for the money. 

This is my Dad's lasagna. I tried a bite of this dish and there was a lot of sauce on it, way too much for my taste. This was less a lasagna, and more of a sloppy river of sauce over a few noodles. I did not get a hint of ricotta or meat. My Dad of course cleaned his plate, with no complaints.

This is my meatball sandwich. It was my first time ever ordering this here. Four large meatballs covered with cheese and sauce, a very good scene. On this sandwich, unlike the lasagna, they got the sauce to meat ratio perfect. This sandwich was $6, a very decent price.

Here is my favorite item on the Pizza Store menu, the Sausage Roll. This is a sausage cooked in beer, wrapped in dough, baked and them brushed with garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Really a tasty dish, the sausage is cooked perfectly, and there is plenty of mozzarella cheese. I also like to have this with ranch.

So this review would not be complete if we did not talk about the pizza here, I mean this place is called the Pizza Store after all. The pizza here is pretty good, a little greasy, but good. Sometimes there is not enough cheese, but overall I like the pizza well enough.

Lastly, above is their Buffalo Wings. I really like the flavor of the wings here. The hot wings are not too hot, but have a good amount of spice. I would rather have ordered the suicide wings, but this was my sister's pick. The wings are not that big, and some of them are lacking on the meat, but you can get 25 of them for $11. That works out to 44 cents a wing, a real steal.

I like the Pizza Store. Do not be fooled by other places that call themselves The Pizza Store. These include places in Laguna Hills, and Orange. Not sure if they used to be owned by the same people, the menus are very similar, if not identical. I recently went to the Pizza Store in Laguna Hills, and it was not the same. The sausage roll was not nearly as good. The Pizza Store in Placentia does list two other locations on their menu, San Giovanni's in Dove Canyon, and Grascio's in Brea.

All right, so Pizza Store gets big points for the value that you get for your money. Their prices are very good, and you get a decent meal. So out of five cash registers, (because you can not have a store without a cash register), five being best to zero being worst, Pizza Store gets 3 cash registers.

Pizza Store does not have a web site, but you can find their menu here:

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  1. Mike,
    Pizza Store is mine and Angie's favorite place! Thanks for reviewing it. The wings rock! I will have to try the sausage roll next time we go.

  2. Steve, you are dead on about your comment. That is probably why Angie is with you, because you are so smart. Sausage roll is a great pick. Thanks for the comment

  3. I worked at The Pizza Store from 1988-1995, when I returned to my homeland England. I have to say my time there was so memorable, fantastic people to work with, Great Customers, soo many wonderful regulars and awesome food. I miss them all so much

    Wendy x

  4. Wendy, Thanks for the comment. I hope that seeing the food helped bring back some memories.