"The Pizza Cookery" Family
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
"The Pizza Cookery" used to be part of a chain local to Southern California, but then became independently owned in 1975."The Pizza Cookery" family took the reigns of the restaurant in 1983 and have been running this location in Encino for 37 years now.
Michelle runs the restaurant with her brother, sister-in law, mother, and father. The family has intertwined their lives with their work, which leads them to rely on their restaurant's business for their very own livelihood. Even though the restaurant has accumulated loyal local customers over their years in business, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated them financially.
Since the restaurant is known to be a "sit down" spot, it has been difficult for them to adjust to the new method of food service required to follow social distancing laws. Nonetheless, their delivery service is prompt and they do not allow orders to put them behind schedule. They are efficient, experienced, and dedicated to providing quality service.
I had the pleasure of trying a couple dishes that they serve and I was pleasantly surprised.
Starting with the appetizers, a combination of mozzarella sticks and fried zucchini chips. The mozzarella sticks were really cheesy and mixed well with the marinara sauce. However, the zucchini chips were absolutely out of this world and I'm not one to ever gravitate to eating zucchini! Tasted very fresh and offered a unique taste that went well with the ranch sauce —highly recommend.
The half "meat lover" half "veggie" pizza I tried was not only aesthetically pleasing as it was shaped like a heart, but it tasted like a delicious home cooked pizza. The meat was really fresh, the cheese savory, and the tomato sauce was lacking a punch but I personally didn't mind. I could definitely see how this pizza would be more enjoyable sitting within the restaurant because of the "homey" taste it shares with the restaurant's atmosphere.
Their "Famous Antipasto Salad" was a meal in itself and provided a variety of flavors. Most salads tend to be bland and lack a flavorful punch, but this salad did just the opposite. The salad consisted of chopped romaine, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, salami, mortadella, garbanzo beans, red onion and tomato. You could taste the freshness at every bite.
The "Penne Rigati a la Carte" had deliciously flavored and well made pomodoro sauce on top of it that gave it an authentic Italian taste.
Finally, we tried their "Famous Homemade Garlic and Cheese Rolls" that are a customer favorite. Michelle told us that large party orders usually just consisted of ordering a couple dozen of these bread rolls. The bread was hot, soft, and mixed well with the garlic butter.
Overall, "The Pizza Cookery's" kitchen offers a variety of food options that come with their unique flavor but the same authentic "homey" taste. Personally, the pizza was my favorite and the zucchini chips were a close second.
The quality and portion of their food far exceeds the fast food pizza joints people have become too accustomed to. A worthy visit!
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