Apizza Scholls

My Apizza Scholls philosophy is very simple. Go for the Apizza Amore, stay for the Apizza Amore. It’s fantastic. Apizza’s rich tomato sauce, fresh whole milk mozzarella, pecorino romano, just chopped garlic, fragrant green basil, extra virgin olive oil, and the incomparable capicollo (cured pork shoulder). Almost paper thin, salty, smoky, it’s everything a cured meat should be.

While I worship at the altar of Amore, it’s not to say Apizza doesn’t have other pizzas you should put in your belly. After all, legendary Pizza Guru Ed Levine named Apizza one of the top five pizzerias in America in 2008, going so far as to say his visit to Apizza placed him “in the presence of pizza greatness”—high praise, indeed. If you cannot live on pizza alone, the Caesar salad is one of the best around—crisp whole romaine heart leaves doused to perfection in house dressing, shavings of parmigiano-reggiano tumbling across the top.

My Apizza Scholls philosophy is very simple. Go for the Apizza Amore, stay for the Apizza Amore.

The atmosphere is lively and welcoming, with homey décor, friendly and efficient service, a laid back vibe, and two separate dining rooms—one seats larger groups or the communally-minded at long rectangular tables, the other offers a little more intimacy for couples and small groups with seating at private tables for two and four, or stools at the short bar facing into the kitchen.

Since you’ve waited so long to get your precious table, unwind with a bottle of wine from Apizza’s Italian-centric and very reasonably priced wine list. Beer lovers and teetotalers rejoice—a wide selection of both draft and bottled beer awaits and the lineup of Boylan’s nostalgic sodas thrills kids of all ages. On the way out, have your way with the big bowl of DumDum lollipops— just don’t take the coconut ones, they’re my favorite.


Cuisine: Pizza

Executive Chef: Brian Spangler

Atmosphere: Relaxed east-side pizza joint, quaint décor, lively, family-friendly

Outdoor seating: No, unless you count you sitting on the sidewalk drooling on the windowpanes while you wait for your seat, and I don’t

Noise Level: Boisterous on the right side, normal on the left side

Dress Code: Casual

Bring the Kids: Yes

Bathrooms: All the way in the back of the restaurant on either side

Parking: Free and plentiful on Hawthorne and surrounding side streets

Cocktails: No

Beer: A half dozen or so on tap ($5-$6), pitchers ($18-$22), over two dozen bottled beers ($4-$8)

Wine: Heavy on the Italian whites and reds + a few West Coast selections, by the glass ($5-$8) and by the bottle ($18-$40) Menu

Corkage: $10

Teetotalers: Real Coca Cola, Boylan’s sodas, Sweet Leaf organic sweet tea, Aranciata, Limonata, Martinelli’s Apple Juice and Milk

Ideal Meal: Apizza Amore, Caesar salad, two coconut dum dums

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Vegan Friendly: The build your own pizza option allows you to create a meat and dairyless pizza, if you must

Good for the following occasions: Family Meal, Casual Date, Out with Friends, Kids Included

Group/Private Party Details: Long tables grace the right side of the restaurant and can seat anywhere from 6-10, a semi-private room in the back seats 12 comfortably

Reservations: I wish! Exceptions made for groups of 8 or more, but no larger than 12.

Take-Out: Walk in to-go orders on Mon-Wed only

Delivery: No