Tuesday, September 22, 2015

THE PIZZA PRESS

The Pizza Press
155 N. Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866
Tel: 714.888.5941
$$ ($15-30)
Cuisine: Italian/Pizza
Sun, 09/13/2015, 1:00pm reservation



It's that time of the year again! It's football season and that means there is a whole lot of chowing down on pizza to go with it. You gotta get serious when you're talking about football and good eats while watching the games. And where can you get some amazing pizza on a Sunday afternoon while the Vikings, the 49ers, or the Cowboys are playing in under 5 minutes? You can head over to the Pizza Press in Downtown Orange just like I did!

These days, the concept of the fast baking pizza in under 5 minutes has been taking Southern California by storm. The Pizza Press is one of these restaurants, grasping the concept and making it their own.



Located in Downtown Orange (with two other locations in Anaheim and Fullerton), the Pizza Press tends to be hustling and bustling on a Sunday afternoon (even with football games going on)! The place is quaint with decor inspired by the Roaring Twenties. The ordering system is divided into three separate sections:   First thing's first, you gotta stand in line and watch the man press that pizza dough like he never pressed it before! Secondly, the proofing comes in where you get to pick your sauce and pick your toppings (unless you order one of their specialty designed pizzas like I did cause I was lazy). Lastly, wait for your pizza to come out of that piping hot oven and order drinks or desserts or whatever your hearts desire.



The menu is named after some important newspapers of our time. There are a variety of craft beers on tap which sets this restaurant apart from the other fast baking pizza joints. At the Pizza Press, your pie is sent to a 475 degree oven and in three minutes and forty-five seconds, you've got yourself a delicious pizza.


Since this place does craft beers, I thought it was deemed necessary to try one of them! They have some interesting ones and I decided to choose something a bit exotic:

Ace Pineapple Cider



The Tribune
Red Sauce, Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Red Onion,Mushroom, Roasted Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Ricotta, Parmesan
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What is there not to like about this pizza? It has your meat group, your vegetable group, your bread group and your dairy group all rolled into one! See, healthy right? I mean, getting the pizza, I was astounded that it wasn't at all greasy. The crust held up its shape nicely and the flavors were spot on. It was a hearty pizza for a hearty girl like me.

The Cronicle
Olive Oil (base), mozzarella, artichoke hearts, cherry tomato, red onion, mushroom, chevre, roasted peppers, parmesan (finished with fresh basil, pesto sauce)


Can a pizza ever taste healthy? Well, this one did and it actually made me feel good eating it (maybe cause there were was some green in it)! The pie tasted fresh and the chevre cheese offered a unique and satisfying finish to the pizza.

The Press Cheese
Red Sauce, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan (or up to three cheese options of your choice)

This pizza was one of my favorites. I thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of this pizza and how you can taste the richness and goodness of the cheese. It was ooey, gooey and downright yummy!

Ice Cream Float
Out ice cream combined of your choice (I chose Virgil's Root Beer)

This was creamy and delicious. The restaurant uses good root beer and custard as their ice cream. It was extremely refreshing and you can have the option of using Stumptown cold press coffee if you so choose.

What's so great about this place are the variety of craft beers on tap, the speedy pizza and the quaintness of the place.  The Pizza Press is definitely something special and they must be doing something right since they're expanding throughout Orange County. They're planning on opening the Pizza Press in our neck of the woods in Pasadena but until then...you gotta venture out to the O.C.






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