Top 3 Coronado Pizza Places That You Have to Visit
Pizza is a classic cuisine that just about everybody loves, but it's not always easy to find a good slice. We've found 3 places in Coronado you'll need to try.
Everybody claims to have the best pizza. They tout New York or Chicago style pies as if adding those cities to their moniker instantly makes their pizza the best you’ll ever have. It’s not true, not by a long shot. There is more to a really good pizza pie than just a name. You can’t just slap New York or Chicago style on your pizza and have it be instantly good. It takes fresh ingredients; a really good, homemade sauce; the perfect consistency of melted cheese; and a whole lot of love.
Traveling around the country, you’ll find plenty of places that will trick you into thinking they have these components, but they almost always fall flat on flavor. Travel to Coronado, California, though, and we can help you pinpoint a trio of pizzerias that know what a good pie should taste like.
These joints range from your typical pizzeria to take-out restaurants that extend their focus to more than just cheese, sauce, and toppings.
3. Island Pasta
If you can do pasta right, chances are you’re well on your way to being able to craft a great pizza. At least at Island Pasta, that much is true. First glance of Island’s menu is pretty typical of a take-out pasta joint, with appetizers including garlic bread, cheesy garlic bread, and a caprese salad; but scrolling down the menu a bit will bring you to this eateries’ showstoppers.
Island Pasta could have taken the easy way out and left it up to the guest to build their own pizza, but its selection of 11 different pies shows guts and dedication to great flavors. Using fresh and flavorful ingredients, Island’s chefs put together some great combinations such as a four cheese pizza with pepperoni and house made sauce, sundried tomatoes and feta, a shrimp scampi, or a tropical Hawaiian pie with ham and pineapple slices.
Of course, if you want to stick to the classics, you most certainly can choose from mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, meatball, and a range of greens, like spinach and artichoke hearts. Whether you go with an Island Pasta creation or stick to what you’re most familiar with, you’ll get to enjoy a crispy crust, flavorful sauce, and fresh toppings all-the-same at this Orange Avenue location.
2. High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen
High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen is an intriguing fusion of several different types of eateries. It doesn’t so much sell itself as a pizza joint, but there are no doubts that pizza is what this fun little restaurant on Orange Avenue specializes in. You wouldn’t be wrong to want to try their spicy buffalo or honey BBQ wings or to be curious about the perfectly paired sandwiches, but the small selection of pies is what will keep you coming back for more.
High Tide essentially leaves it up to the customer as to what kind of pizza they want. Outside of a traditional cheese pie and a classic pepperoni, the 14 or 20” creation is entirely up to the taste buds of the diner. With over 30 different toppings to choose from, creating your High Tide creation is actually almost as much fun as eating it. Will you go for provolone, red onion, and ground beef or are you thinking something lighter, like grilled chicken breast and grilled zucchini? BBQ lovers will want to dive right into the BBQ chicken, which pairs perfectly with caramelized onion and mozzarella. It’s a dangerous thing to have so much control over your pizza, but until High Tide, danger never tasted so good.
1. Village Pizzeria
A 3rd location on Coronado’s rather popular Orange Avenue, Village Pizzeria, wears its love for all things pizza with pride. Sure, as with any good pizzeria you can chow down on some garlic knots, freshly chopped salads, or your choice of pasta or hot sandwich; but the pizza is where Village Pizzeria puts the bulk of its passion. Or at least that’s what the flavors these New York style pies seem to allude to.
20+ toppings allow you to create the pizza of your dreams with radicchio, roasted eggplant, rosemary ham, soft egg, meatball, BBQ chicken, anchovy, or pepperoni, or salami. Every fresh ingredient that touches your pie turns it to gold, metaphorically speaking.
Customers not looking to deal with the hassle of creating your own pie will like premade selections like the Works, with pepperoni, sausage, red onion, mushroom, bell peppers, and olives. There’s also the Islander, for someone looking for a more tropical flavor, or the Napoli, which mimics a traditional Napoli pizza with garlic and Parmesan.
Should the Orange Avenue location not be convenient to where you’re staying, there’s another spot in Coronado on First Street.
If you should decide to deviate from these three choices, we can’t promise that you won’t be met with bland flavors and cardboard crust. Stick to Island Pasta, High Tide, and Village Pizzeria and you should be able to enjoy a real, steaming hot pizza straight from the oven.
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