As an international destination, Surf City USA prepares award-winning global cuisine—with impressive pies from the Boot to boot. Here’s a roundup of the best pizzerias in town that’ll have you saying “molto delizioso” with every bite.
Pop into this make-your-own, newspaper-themed pizzeria on Fifth Street and order a custom creation, aptly named signature pie like “The Times,” and craft beer from a newsie. You can also “publish your own” salad or enjoy an ice cream float. Based in Anaheim, The Pizza Press now has more than 30 locations in California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. Pizzas come hot off the press until midnight Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Extra: They pour craft beer and wine!
150 5th St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Owned by a local husband and wife who hail from Roma, Italy, ZeroZero39 sends out authentic 72-hour rise, slow-bake roman pizza—rectangular in shape, handmade with 00 flour and organic ingredients, and cut with scissors. Sold by the slice on Main Street, ZeroZero39’s pies feature classic tastes like the Margherita and Hawaiian to unique savories like Truffle Porcini and Parmigiana. Salads, calzones, sandwiches, pasta specials, and pastries also make up their menu. Late-night cravings? They’ve got you covered until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Extra: Their adorable housemade cannoli are a must-try.
221 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
An award-winning pizzeria and sports bar rolled into one, this fun multi-room beach bar on Fifth Street bakes traditional Chicago stuffed pizzas, pours craft cocktails into giant schooners, and boasts an open-air “party patio” complete with beer pong, cornhole, and giant Jenga. The stuffed menu serves up a clever nod to Chicago with its “Southside Special,” featuring sausage, spinach, and mushroom. Thin crust pies also made the list, including a gluten-free option, plus a selection of handmade pretzels, international appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and more. Cruise in until 1 a.m. daily. Extra: Watch the game—or games—on 25 big-screen HDTVs.
210 5th St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Baking pies right along Pacific Coast Highway near Sunset Beach, Stoney’s offers one of the most diet-friendly menus in town, including a vegan gluten-free pie dubbed “Namaste & Eat Pizza” and their “Hi Pie” rolled with spent grain—both topped with raw hempseed. Omnivores score with their other offerings, like the Meat Lover’s Pizza and Chicken Bacon Garlic Pizza. Flatbreads and “Quick Snacks” like garlic knots and calzone also join the menu, which is served until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. on Monday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Extra: They deliver, and they neighbor Riip Beer Company!
17210 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92649
If you’ve got the munchies, Munchies is the place to go—and it has been since 1978. Their menu features thick gourmet pizzas in every flavor you can crave, like Alfredo Pizza, BBQ Chicken, Meat Eater, Shrimp Murphy, and The Mind Blower, complete with all the toppings. Of course, you can build your own, and munch on appetizers, wings, salads, and sandwiches. Get your fix until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Extra: They deliver!
204 E. Adams Ave., Unit C, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
This “royalty” pizzeria has been serving Southern California since the first location opened in 1959. Now, there are more than 400 locations in the western U.S., including two in Huntington Beach. Pies are handcrafted using classic family recipes, and the names themselves are worth a visit, like King Arthur’s Supreme and Guinevere’s Garden Delight. You can also make your own “masterpiece” from more than 20 toppings. Other menu treats include wings, twists, and salads. Have a seat at the Table until 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Extra: They deliver and offer a party room for savory celebrations.
16122-101 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
19750 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Set along Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach, this homey Italian restaurant opened its doors in 2005 and has been a local favorite ever since. Almost anything your Italian-loving tastebuds desire can be found on the menu, with Margherita, Alfredo, Greek, Meatlovers, and Vegetarian pies gracing the long list of pizzas—which are also available as calzones. Visit until 10 p.m. daily. Extra: They deliver and also cap meals with several authentic desserts, like cannoli, spumoni, and tiramisu.
16711 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92649
An award-winning Orange County staple since 1973, Perry’s Pizza has two locations in Huntington Beach and wins with pizza by the slice and jugs of beer (at the Brookhurst location only). Both locations are independently run, with distinct menus and ambiance. At the Brookhurst parlor, pies offer much variety, from thin crust to Sicilian crust to gluten-free to their new “giant” pizza, which requires 24-hour notice to prepare. Specialty pies include the Spinach Artichoke Pizza, Rosemary Potato Chicken, and Fennel, Sausage, + Shishito Peppers, with the house pizzas keeping it a bit more classic, less their Pineapple Pesto pie. The Edinger joint rolls more traditional pizzas, specializing in thick Sicilian-style pizza but also bringing thin crust to the table. Their beer comes in pints, schooners, and pitchers. More Italian bites can be found on both menus. Brookhurst serves until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Edinger serves daily until 9:30 p.m. Extra: Each location delivers, you can also wash your slice down with a beer flight at Brookhurst, and you can slip back to the ‘80s at the arcade at Edinger, which also scores with drive-thru service.
21411 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, CA 92646
6501 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647