Best Pizza in Orange County in 2020

Adella Miesner

Orange County has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great pizza. That’s the good news. The bad news is it’s nearly impossible to pick just the five best, but I’ve done it anyway. Here they are. Table of Contents 1. 21452. Brick3. Parallel Pizza4. Folks5. Rance’s 1. 2145 […]

Orange County has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great pizza. That’s the good news. The bad news is it’s nearly impossible to pick just the five best, but I’ve done it anyway. Here they are.

1. 2145

The spicy salame pizza here is absolute perfection, sparsely blotted with ricotta cheese and generously flavored with green olives and pickled Fresno chilies. 2145 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa, 949-873-5853, 2145eats.com

Spicy salame pizza with green olives and ricotta at 2145 in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Spicy salame pizza with green olives and ricotta at 2145 in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

2. Brick

Although Brick has stopped identifying as Italian (preferring instead the moniker of wood-fire kitchen), this place still makes pizzas, and they are still incredible, especially the one topped with house-made sausage, Calabrese salame, slow-roasted porchetta and crispy pork belly. 216 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949-929-1199, brickrestaurantgroup.com

Carne pizza with housemade sausage, salame, porchetta and pork belly at Brick in San Clemente (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Carne pizza with housemade sausage, salame, porchetta and pork belly at Brick in San Clemente (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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3. Parallel Pizza

This is the only place in Orange County making charcoal-fired New Haven-style pizza. It is ultra thin and deliciously chewy. Get the one topped with pepperoni, fresh jalapeños, Parmesan cheese and honey. 34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949-441-7406, parallelpizzeria.com

The Stinger, a New Haven style pizza with salame, peppers and honey at Parallel Pizza in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The Stinger, a New Haven-style pizza with salame, peppers and honey at Parallel Pizza in Dana Point (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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