California Pizza Road-trip

In honor of Friday Night Pizza, T.W.O. will be featuring our favorite pizza places in California. Each places has a unique touch that keeps us coming back. Not only is the pizza good, the ambiance and the people you are worth make the experience that much better. Enjoy reading about our favorites.

ZeroZero, San Francisco


ZeroZero is obviously named after the flour that is used to make the pizza dough. That being said, by using 00 Flour and a stone oven, it’s safe to safe the pizza has a light, airy and fluffy crust. Not to mention the dough is sweet. Combining the dough with fungi or vegetables and even their seasonal special that incorporates fresh produce to make a delectable masterpiece.  ZeroZero does it write! Start the meal with a beet salad and a side of fresh pasta. The lamb rague is awesome. Can’t forget about the wine on tap too! The rose is great!! The final course – an afrigato. Yes, ice cream covered in a an expression shot. Make your reservation early, this is a popular place!! Don’t forget to send you post card to T.W.O. To tell us about your meal!

Una Pizza Napolentana, San Francisco


Minimalist. Tradition. Perfection. It’s a one guy show at this restaurant. Immediately you walk into this place thinking that you are going to be impressed. It’s a white wall, concrete floor filled space that is commonly covered in flour. Yes, one guy. His kitchen is set up in the middle of the restaurant or should I call it an art exhibit. That’s the feel you get. Now for the pizzas-there isn’t many, but that’s okay because you don’t need much. Margarita, Bianca, traditional-take your pick. Each person orders a pizza for them self. And you will be disappointed when you fits his it yourself. Don’t expect salads or anything else on the menu. It’s all about the pizza. Pair it with wine or a beer and finish the meal off with coffee. That it. You will be coming back for more! There are no reservations for this place, so be sure to get there early. Once the pizza dough runs out, that’s it. Closed for business’s. Enjoy!

Pizza Port, Solana Beach


A day after the Del Mar horse races calls for a meal at Pizza Port. Located near the train station, this traditional pizza parlor has the best pizza in San Diego County. Grab your friends, a booth and a pitcher of beer and enjoy the big slices of Pizza Port.

Pizzeria Mozza, Newport Beach


Tucked in a corner of Newport Beach along Pacific Coast Highway, this gem is a great dinner spot for friends, couples or company events. (They have a great private room)  Pizzeria Mozza specializes in wordfire pizzas along with salads, pastas and one of our favorite desserts in Orange County….Butterscotch Budino.  Grab some friends and make this a stop on your drive up PCH.  You won’t be disappointed!

Happy Friday Night Pizza Night!

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Kitchen Essentials

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1. Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Oval Dutch Oven ; 2. KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer,7-Qt.3. Silicone Pastry Mat; 4. Williams-Sonoma Nonstick Insulated Cookie Sheet; 5. Cuisinart Elite Die Case Food Processor, 12 cup; 6. 10-Piece Glass Bowl Set;kitchen essentials page2

7. Pyrex Rectangle Glass Baker;8. Le Creuset Pastry Brush; 9. Non-Skid Cutting Mats; 10. Oxo Pop Containers; 11. Le Creuset Silicone Spatulas; 12. OXO Peelers

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Artichoke & Spinach Pizza


Do you know what night it is?? Yep, that’s right…Friday Night Pizza Night! We are featuring an Artichoke & Spinach Pizza this week. It’s a hearty pizza with a béchamel-style sauce and fresh spinach that will please any crowd. Check out how to make this delicious, gourmet pizza below!


– Pizza Dough*
– Cornmeal
– Flour
– 8 oz fresh spinach, divided
– 2 Tablespoon butter
– 2 Tablespoon unbleached flour
– ¾ cup milk
– ¼ teaspoon onion powder
– 2 cloves garlic, diced
– 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
– 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
– 2 ounces Pecorino Romano, grated
– 1-8 ounce can of marinated artichoke hearts
– Krazy Salt
– Fresh Ground Pepper

 *T.W.O. used pizza dough from VJB Deli.


Preheat oven to 425ᴼF.

Roll out the pizza dough on a floured/ cornmeal surface. Once the dough is evenly rolled out, transfer the dough to a greased cookie sheet.

In a large sauté pan, heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add ¾ of the spinach and sauté for 3 minutes or until wilted. Remove from heat and place on paper towels. Once some of the oil is drained, chop the spinach and set aside.


In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and onion powder and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk and increase the temperature to medium-high heat for about 4 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Make sure you are stirring constantly, so the sauce doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and stir in 1 clove of diced garlic, pepper, Krazy Salt and sautéed spinach.


Chop the remaining fresh spinach and set aside.

Add the white béchamel spinach sauce to the top of the pizza dough. Add the fresh spinach along with the remaining 1 clove of chopped garlic. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese on top.


Let the pizza rise for about 15 minutes. Note – you don’t want to put the pizza in a cold oven, so make sure your oven reaches 425ᴼF.Once the oven is ready, place the pizza in the oven and watch closely. Do not open the oven door, as you want to keep the heat in. The pizza will take 15-20 minutes. Once done, take the pizza out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes prior to cutting.

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Happy Friday Night Pizza Night!

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Deep Dish Pizza


Friday Night Pizza!!! T.W.O. decided to spice up Friday Night Pizza night and make a deep dish pizza. That’s right, pizza pie! T.W.O.’s brother made a deep dish pie a couple weeks ago, which inspired us to try our own version. Grab your rolling pin, pie dish, ingredients and let’s start cooking!



– Pizza dough
– Flour
– Cornmeal
– Mozzarella cheese, 1 inch block
– Marinara sauce (T.W.O. uses Molinari’s homemade marinara sauce)
– 1 large head of broccoli, chopped
– 1 can of olives, diced
– 1 small package of mushrooms, diced
– 2 jalapeno, diced

Preheat oven to 425ᴼ.

First, roll out dough on a flour, cornmeal surface. Make sure to evenly roll out the dough in a circular shape so it fits in the pie dish. Once completed, place the dough in the pie dish and pat in place. Add some flour and cornmeal to the bottom of the dough so it will help absorb some of the juices.


Cut thin mozzarella slices from the block of cheese and lay on the bottom. Next, drizzle some marinara sauce to cover the cheese. Add the cut vegetables to the pie and layer cut slices of cheese in between. Once you have all your ingredients in the pie, top with the remaining marinara. The sauce should fill in the gaps between the vegetables.

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Put the pizza pie in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes. You will know when the pizza is ready when the sauce is “bubbling”. Take out and top with parmesan cheese.


Let the pizza sit for about 10 minutes prior to cutting. Once served, sit down and enjoy your deep dish pizza pie!

Happy Friday Night Pizza Night!!!




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