Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
Like religion and politics, pizza talk feels taboo. People get emotionally attached to their favorite pizzas. I'm not about to start comparing what city makes better pizza, that's for sure. Regent's Pizzeria in La Jolla has no such reservations. They serve New York style and Chicago style, and both are delicious. And, they have a motto I can get behind 100%.
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, so I'm partial to deep dish. After running errands all morning, John and I were starving, so we grabbed a #1 special, two slices of any available style, and a fountain soda for $7.70, to share. Two slices of Regent's Chicago style double crust could probably satisfy even the biggest appetite.
Regent's has enough regular and premium toppings to make everyone happy, additions are reasonably priced.
In addition, they serve soups, salads, sandwiches, calzones, pasta dishes, even a couple of desserts.
We get the pizza cold, to go, and plan on heating it up at home. Chicago style pizza is the only kind I would ever commit this kind of sacrilege with. It's got big shoulders, it can take the abuse. Best way to do this, in my opinion, is low and slow. 350 degrees till it's heated through. Cranking up the heat at the end to brown the top is completely optional, in my book. But, getting it fresh out of Regent's stone deck oven it really the best way to go.
The crust is just what a Chicago pizza should be, there's the distinct taste of butter, but not so much that it's pastry-like. It's still bread-y flavored. Then there's the sauce. It's rich, tomatoey, herby and there's just the right amount. Too much and it makes the dough soggy, too little and it will burn, your pizza's dry.
The meat lovers slice has sausage, pepperoni, and meatballs, a good amount. Cheese on the bottom, cheese on the top. The Popeye slice has spinach, artichoke hearts and ricotta. Both are cheesy, chewy, crunchy heaven. The mozzarella has just the right string to it. Try as I might, I've never been able to eat more than one slice.
4150 Regents Park Row #170
La Jolla, CA 92037
Lot (small) parking, free with validation, after 5:00pm no validation necessary.
Need to know: Calling ahead for Chicago style pizzas is a good idea, whole pies generally take around 45 minutes to bake.