Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bollini's Pizzeria Napolitana

This is the Build-A-Bear of pizzas.

First, you choose your size, either small or large.

Next you choose your sauce, of which there are six. Next you choose your type of cheese(s), of which there are seven. Finally, you choose your toppings, of which there are many meat and veggie options. Since this is Neapolitan pizza, which is very thin, almost cracker thin, it is recommended that you not have more than three toppings on your pizza because the crust may become soggy.

The pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven, which is a sight to see as soon as you step inside. A fiery red glow shines brightly and temperatures reach in excess of 800 degrees. The pizza has a nice char to it and a smoky flavor is also imparted into the pizza. Toppings are rather scant, as the star of the show is the crust itself. The toppings are meant to heighten the flavor of the crust, not to be the main attraction.

The thing that surprised me the most, despite the fact that the pizza is so thin it is not very crunchy, but has a nice chew to it. You can't hold a piece up without it flopping over, so folding is almost a must. The very center of the pizza seemed to be a bit soggy, but the very outer crust was crispy and crunchy.

If you are expecting a Chicago deep dish type of pizza, this place is not for you. If you are expecting the run of the mill pizza from the likes of Pizza Hut, Round Table or the like, this pizza may also not be for you. But if you are looking for a hand crafted pizza, this place IS for you.

Sorry for not including any pics in this post, but I forgot my camera.

Bollini's Pizzeria Napolitana
2315 S. Garfield Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 722-7600


D said...

I really liked this place. Very tasty and since the crust is thin, it's a pretty light, but filling meal.

Vegasbuff said...


I agree with you. The pizza is a different from your standard chain pizza, and many people probably don't like that, but this is good pizza.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I love this place. I've been 4 times already. Don't worry. I got lots of pictures. Saving up for a good long post.

Vegasbuff said...


Can't wait for your post. I only got to try the pizza, I'm sure with your numerous visits you've had a chance to go through more of the menu.