DeSano Pizza Bakery

February 12, 2014

in dessert, dinner, restaurant, salads, vegetarian

I honestly didn’t know what to make of DeSano Pizza Bakery when I first heard about it. Neapolitan Pizza, popularized in Nashville/Charleston, in a 7000 square foot space across the street from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Santa Monica near Alexandria (and not much else)….

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…when I drove by twice the other day (on the way to/from Dumb Starbucks) I STILL couldn’t understand what was going on. So Tuesday night, Abe and I ventured inside.

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Order at the counter, then have a seat at one of the communal tables. This reminded me of a beer garden….

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…meets warehouse…

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…meets kitchen. These wood-fired ovens (recently blessed by the priest from the aforementioned Catholic Church) are NO JOKE.

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I nibbled on my Spinach Salad and watched our pie get made, which took mere minutes.

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Oh, how I love a perfect chewy, charred crust. This was the Verdura – Broccoli Rabe, Mushroom, Cherry Tomato, Garlic, and Buffalo Mozzarella.

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Yes.

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(DIY toppings too.)

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When he found out I ate meat, the owner, Scott DeSano hooked me up with a Napoletana pie – similar, except less veggies and added sausage. Next time, we’re definitely going to order something with their sauce, made from San Marzano tomatoes.

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To end, gelato made by Alessandro Fontana (the dessert menu includes biscotti/cannoli too).

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They sold out of almost all the flavors except for this one – which also happened to be vegan!

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Loved how unpretentious and warm this place felt.  The sweetest, most attentive staff ever (that’s the pizza maker Massimilano Di Lascio).

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With plenty of free parking, this is definitely going to be our go-to for large groups, casual date night, and quick takeout!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily February 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

Looks really yummy and legit Napoli! Do they have vegan or GF options? (Not that that would be legit Napoli)

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2 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet February 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

Vegan yes but I definitely doubt the GF version…

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3 floey February 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

YUM. Have you ever been to Pieology?

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