The Pizza Press in Anaheim (flagship location) opened in 2012 and has had a loyal following, not only with visitors, but locals as well. On March 28, 2015, Dara Maleki opened The Pizza Press in Old Town Orange (second location), just steps away from the famous Orange Circle. A historic landmark by itself, it also made a long appearance in the movie, “Forrest Gump” (where Forrest sat on the bus bench telling his story). Dara started his working career at Disney’s California Adventure right after high school. You might say to yourself, Disney? What you need to know is that Disney is actually one of the best places to start your working career. You learn about customer service, presentation (Disney has strict appearance guidelines as the Cast Member is part of the show), brand awareness, and being proud of the product which is the total guest experience. And this level of business is something that Dara has retained in The Pizza Press. His employees are part of the show, from the uniform to dough to pizza production to paying for your food. The interior of the restaurant is also part of the experience from menus presented in a newspaper dispenser, historic photos of newspaper life in the Roaring 1920’s from paper boys to actual typesetting pegs from a Gutenberg-type press. This is definitely an “Eatertainment” experience!
“The Tribune” is topped with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onion, mushroom, roasted peppers, olives, ricotta, and parmesan. Even though the dough is a mix of New York meets California, the flavors are very Chicago in nature from the gooey mozzarella to the herbaceous Italian sausage. The crust is perfectly cooked to beautiful golden brown on the edges. Mangia! Rating: 5/5
“The Times” is topped with olive oil (base), mozzarella, chicken, grape tomatoes, red onion, gouda, parmesan, and finished with fresh cilantro and BBQ sauce. The great thing about this pizza is that the BBQ sauce is not used as the base. When it is used as the base, the sauce becomes too overwhelming and takes over the whole pizza. But at The Pizza Press, the sauce is added as a finishing touch giving you just the right amount of BBQ flavor without overpowering any of the other ingredients on the pizza. The ingredients work really well together with creamy, sweet, and refreshing flavors coming together. Rating: 5/5
“Publish Your Own Pizza” is where you get to build the pizza that you want. First, choose a sauce: classic red sauce, five cheese alfredo, or cold pressed olive oil. Choose your cheese(s): mozzarella, aged cheddar, smoked Gouda, hand crumbled feta, ricotta, parmesan, and/or fresh chèvre. Choose your meat(s): pepperoni, link roasted Italian sausage, smoked ham, bourbon cured bacon, all natural grilled chicken breast, and/or seasoned ground beef. Choose your vegetables: red onions, crimini mushrooms, fire roasted sweet red peppers, fresh sliced green bell peppers, jalapenos, black Spanish olives, Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, Mediterranean sliced artichoke hearts, pineapples, scallions, minced garlic, and/or roasted garlic cloves. Choose your finisher(s): fresh basil, chopped cilantro, basil pesto sauce, sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, Frank’s Red Hot, Sriracha, Balsamic Glaze, and/or house ranch dressing.
Here’s a combination to try:
“Publish Your Own Pizza” topped with five cheese alfredo sauce, mozzarella blend, mozzarella balls (Bocconcini), salami, bourbon cured bacon, fresh basil, and basil pesto sauce. They should call this the “OC Food Diva”! If you like “white pizza” or “white slice” but also like meat, this is the combination for you. The mozzarella blend has a different flavor with fresh, creamy flavor along with an aged flavor as well. The bocconcini melts into mozzarella puddles. The salami crisps up in the pizza oven releasing some of the marbled fats for a rich, meaty flavor. The bourbon cured bacon is crispy, salty, and meaty as well. The fresh basil and light pesto sauce seal the deal with a refreshing zing. Rating: 5/5
Come by for some nostalgia and “publish” your own pizza today at The Pizza Press!
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
155 N Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866
Hours: Daily from 11am to 1am
Parking: Free public parking behind store or on the street