1808 N Placentia Ave
Placentia, CA 92870-2300
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Tony's Little Italy Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza, Lunch, Vegetarian

Tony's Little Italy Pizza is a Pizza, Lunch, and Vegetarian restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Overall
100%
Food
100%
Service
100%
Ambiance
70%
Pros
"good pizza"
"THE BEST (and most authentic) deep dish pizza outside of Chicago itself. Extremely RARE around the country (the "Uno" chain is NOT deep dish pizza). A true GEM for our area. "
"Good food. Lived in Anaheim for 20yrs. When I tasted there special deep dish pizza, no other pizzas satisfies me. Now we live in Riverside for almost 10 years now; I still order my special deep dish pizza at this place. I'm an avid fan for good food."
Cons
"Nowhere to sit, they had tables inside that could have easily been moved outside (because no indoor seating allowed) but they said no. A table was suggested around the corner but it was already taken. "
"Not a good place to sit down. Takeout only. "
Comments
"In Chicago, deep dish is ubiquitous. Of some major players, Pequod's, Gino's. Giordano's, Malnatti's & Uno/Due, it most resembles Gino's. Truly the best deep dish outside of that beautiful city. "
"Excellent pizza always."
  • 4/17/2021

    A diner from Whittier, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the service and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    good pizza
    Cons
    Nowhere to sit, they had tables inside that could have easily been moved outside (because no indoor seating allowed) but they said no. A table was suggested around the corner but it was already taken.
  • 3/31/2021

    A Pizza chowhound from Pomona, CA tried it.

  • 3/14/2021

    A Pizza food lover from Los Angeles, CA tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 11/07/2020

    A dining patron from Placentia, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 3/19/2020

    A dining patron from Fullerton, CA tried it.

  • 1/31/2020

    A Pizza food lover from Fullerton, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 2/15/2019

    A Pizza food lover from Los Angeles, CA tried it and liked it.

  • 8/12/2018

    A Pizza chowhound from CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    THE BEST (and most authentic) deep dish pizza outside of Chicago itself. Extremely RARE around the country (the "Uno" chain is NOT deep dish pizza). A true GEM for our area.
    Cons
    Not a good place to sit down. Takeout only.
    Comments
    In Chicago, deep dish is ubiquitous. Of some major players, Pequod's, Gino's. Giordano's, Malnatti's & Uno/Due, it most resembles Gino's. Truly the best deep dish outside of that beautiful city.
  • 5/10/2018

    A dining patron from Irvine, CA tried it.

  • 3/23/2018

    A diner from Orange, CA tried it and liked it.

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Not My Kind of Chicago-Style Pizza!

A while back, I decided to start a new restaurant series for my dining group, Pleasure Palate, revolving around pizza. Considering how many pizza joints are in Los Angeles, I knew that this would be a dining series that would probably take me into infinity, but you gotta do, what you gotta do sometimes, so “The Great Pizza Hunt” was on.

First up was Tony’s Little Italy Pizza in Placentia. The reason I decided to start with Tony’s is that their specialty is Chicago-Style Pizza. My only experience with Chicago pizza was actually in Chicago at Giordano’s, where their pizza is referred to as a stuffed pizza. I found out later that the main difference between a stuffed pizza and a deep dish pizza is that the stuffed pizza has a layer of dough that goes on top of the pizza and the deep dish version doesn’t. If there are any Chicagoans reading this review, please correct me if I’m wrong. Although I’m more of a thin crust pizza kind of gal, I did enjoy my foray into Chicago Pizza and was hoping to find something similar in LA; hence, Tony’s Little Italy Pizza.

Walking into Tony’s, I could definitely tell that the owners loved their Chicago sports teams with one wall devoted to the Chicago Bears and the other wall that was all about the Chicago Cubs. Since I had been running late due to an accident on the freeway, my group was already there and took the initiative to order two deep dish pies, although stuffed pies were also on the menu. Lunch was going to consist of Tony’s Special with sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and one pizza that was half with pepperoni/sausage and half olives/bell peppers and onions.

When both pizzas arrived, our eyes widened with wonderment. Wow, these pizzas weren’t delicate little darlings. They looked substantial.

I tried a slice of the half pepperoni/sausage pizza first and than a smaller slice of the bell pepper/olive/onions pizza.

Then I had a slice of Tony’s Special.

Do you know what words came to mind after each slice? Disappointment soon followed by More Disappointment. Granted, it’s been several years since I’ve had that pizza at Giordano’s, but I remember it being a thing of beauty. The ingredients were nicely layered and they weren’t drowning in a sea of tomato sauce and cheese. In fact, I could even tell where all the ingredients were laid out.

Both the pizzas I tried at Tony’s were literally a “Hot Mess.” Just like I mentioned above, it was a spillage of tomato sauce and cheese, all mixed up together. At one point, I couldn’t even tell that the sausage/pepperoni pizza even had pepperoni until I looked more closely at a cross-section of one of the slices and saw pepperoni just above the crust and underneath the cheese. It just felt like there wasn’t any restraint. Also, I felt that they really limited the quantity of toppings. If you got any of the toppings on any of your pizza slices, you were pretty lucky. At times, it felt like all I was eating was crust, tomato sauce and cheese.

When you add to all this, a crust that was a little burnt at the edges, which made it harder to chew and ingredients that should have been more flavorful, neither of the pizzas at Tony’s were the Chicago pizza of my dreams. Come on, how can pepperoni and sausage not have any flavor??? As for the sauce, it was okay, although a little sweeter than I would have liked and at least the cheese was ooey and gooey, so that’s one positive thing to note.

Overall, as I mentioned earlier, I was pretty disappointed and definitely have no plans to make a return visit to Tony’s.

Tony's Special with sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions at Tony's Little Italy Pizza

Tony's Special with sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions

 

Half with pepperoni/sausage and half olives/bell peppers and onions. at Tony's Little Italy Pizza

Half with pepperoni/sausage and half olives/bell peppers and onions.

 

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