Paisanos Pizza & Pasta - Hermosa Beach, CA
When the bartender announces that “You ain’t gotta go home, but you gotta get outta here!”…Paisanos is where you go. What better way to soak up the alcoholic juices sloshing around in that belly than with an ooey-gooey, cheesy, one-armed raising, head-tilting, neck-craning, half-folded slice of pizza? Doing so with throngs of equally drunk strangers….or drunker (which doubles as a late night dinnershow).
Photographed below is the Paisanos Special: 14” for $16 and 18” for $18 (Pepperoni, Olives, Sausage, Onions, Bell Peppers, Canadian Bacon, Fresh Tomatoes, Mushrooms, & Artichoke Hearts) w/ added request of Roasted Garlic. The NY style thin crust pizza is the same construction as what can be found on the east coast. It’s been argued that NY water is what makes the dough different and enhances the taste of an actual NY pizza. If that’s the case, CA pizza will never be up to par unless someone decides to send over jars of high quality h20 from NY. Doubtful. With that being said, the pizza at Paisanos is still top-notch artery clogging California version of NY style pizza. whew…that’s a mouth full. A mouth-full of Paisanos pizza is better than a mouth-full of words. So stuff that pie hole with a slice of cheesy goodness.
To try the pizza in peaceful bliss, go anytime before drinking hour. Being by the beach, this can be tricky. It seems beach folk are always drinking. That’s the life, beach and booze. Guaranteed, a visit anytime after 11pm during the weekend requires waiting in a packed pizza joint with drunken boys and girls trying to make their last desperate moves before heading home alone. If you’re not easily irritated by drunks and are not an angry drunk yourself, this is actually a really fun place to be. I’ve had many laughs and learned fun facts about different people while standing in line waiting for my box o’ grease. How do you eat your thin crust NY style pizza? Roll it up, fold it, balance act with two hands? There’s a conversation starter….
1132 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254