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Back in the 808: Flatbread Company

April 21, 2012

I used to spend the night at Elisa’s house in high school all the time.  School nights, weekends, you name it, her house was practically my second home.  Sometimes we’d be left to fend for ourselves for dinner if her parents were out of town.  If Tita’s (her grandmother’s) home cooked Lebanese food wasn’t in the fridge, we would make Kraft mac n cheese or order a pizza from Michael’s Pizza.  You can’t go wrong with pizza.

Elisa had heard the Flatbread Company was good and suggested we try it for lunch.  Everyone seems to know I have a weakness for pizza so of course, I obliged.

I loved looking into the wood fire to see if our pies were cooking.

Since there were four of us, we ordered two large flatbreads and did half and half on both of them.  The crust was perfectly thin and crunchy right out of the oven.  Straight from their website, this is what we ordered:

Pa’ia Bay Ohana – Our wood-fired cauldron tomato sauce, caramelized organic onions, organic mushrooms, premium whole milk mozzarella and imported Parmesan cheese baked on organic bread dough with homemade organic garlic oil, sprinkled with our own blend of organic herbs

Homemade Sausage – our own homemade nitrate-free maple-fennel sausage with organic sulfate- free sundried tomatoes, caramelized organic onions, mushrooms, whole milk mozzarella and Parmesan cheese baked on organic bread dough with homemade organic garlic oil and organic herbs

Coevolution — Imported Kalamata olives, fresh Maui organic rosemary, organic red onions, our own blend of Hawaiian goat cheeses, fire-roasted sweet red peppers, and premium whole milk mozzarella baked on organic bread dough with homemade organic garlic oil and our own blend of organic herbs

Nitrate-Free Pepperoni & Mushroom – Homemade nitrate-free pepperoni with mushrooms, our wood-fired cauldron tomato sauce, whole milk mozzarella and imported Parmesan cheese baked on organic bread dough with homemade organic garlic oil and our blend of organic herbs

I decided to go with an Island Root Beer from the Maui Brewing Co.  It was great!  Elisa and I are suckers for good root beer.

TM and I had actually ordered a salad to share but it never came out.   The server felt bad for forgetting to put in our salad order and he brought out a brownie sundae with four spoons on the house.  It came with coconut and vanilla ice cream.   Even though we were full from our meal, we made room to fit in dessert.  We devoured it and left the plate clean.  Matt was the only one who didn’t try the brownie sundae because he doesn’t care for sweets.

I’m not sure if Elisa knew this, but Flatbread Company has multiple locations throughout the U.S.  One of the locations is in Portland, OR where she lives.  Next time, she doesn’t need to travel a couple thousand miles across an ocean to get pizza from the Flatbread Company.

89 Hana Hwy.   Paia, HI

La Pizzeria

March 30, 2011

I had been wanting to try La Pizzeria for a long time.  We actually had our wedding rehearsal dinner at A Bellagio restaurant which has the same owner as La Pizzeria.  Based on the food at A Bellagio and the Yelp reviews, I expected La Pizzeria to be pretty outstanding.

TM and I started out with the Insalata Italiana.  I don’t speak Italian but I’m guessing insalata is salad.  It amazes me that ingredients THIS GOOD can be thrown together and be called “salad.”  This was perfection as it has all of my favorite ingredients put together into one dish.  Avocados, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and pita bread with some drizzled olive oil.  I would order this every time.

I ordered the Cotto Funghi pizza.  The blurry picture does not give this pizza justice.  It was Italian ham and mushroom pizza.  The ham was sliced really thin and just salty enough but not overdone.

TM went with the Quattro Stagioni.  His pizza came with artichokes, black olives, Italian Ham and mushrooms.  His pizza was saltier than mine because of the black olives but still tasty.  (I’d choose mine over his any day though!)

I can’t wait to go back and try some of the other stuff on their menu!  I’m hoping we can go this weekend since we live so close now.  Did I mention we moved??

373 East Campbell Avenue    Campbell, CA

Slice of NY

March 15, 2010

I have always heard about how great Slice of NY is and have read many reviews.  My coworker Richard and I finally grabbed lunch there.  This place was teeny tiny but I LOVED the decor.

It took me back to Manhattan for a split second.

The pizza was awesome with the crust having just the right chewiness.  I’d go again in a heartbeat if I was near Valley Fair but probably wouldn’t make a special trip out there for it.  Shopping anyone??  ; )

3443 Stevens Creek Boulevard  San Jose, CA

Ken’s Artisan Pizza

January 25, 2010

We tried to go to Ken’s Artisan Pizza for lunch only to find out we were at Ken’s Bakery instead.  We headed over to Ken’s Artisan Pizza only to find out they are only open for dinner from 5 to 10 PM.  Since Matt wanted to watch the Raven’s game at 5:15, we watched the game at Henry’s and headed over to Ken’s after that.  Somewhere in between was when Boyfriend lost his cell phone and we waited and waited for a table.

My friend Kitty had warned me to go early otherwise we’d wait for a loooong time for a table.  And wait we did!  It was a blessing though because I was so full from our earlier escapades that it gave my stomach a chance to want food again.  We ordered three pizzas for the four of us and had a couple slices leftover.  Matt asked where the pepperoni was on the menu. ; )  We ordered an olive pizza, an Amatriciana – roasted tomato sauce, housemade pancetta, red onions and Pecorino, and a butternut squash with basil pizza.  They were all excellent but I liked the butternut squash one the best.  Great thin crust pizza but make sure to go early otherwise you’ll end up waiting an hour like we did.  I think we finally ate around 9:30 PM!!

304 Southeast 28th Avenue   Portland, OR

Okay, I lied.

November 20, 2009

I thought I was over my craving obsession with pizza.  The addiction had subdued but after my last post, I started to talk to people about pizza.  Pizza places, kinds of pizza, toppings, etc.  My co-worker David even visited Giovanni’s after that post to check it out.  He gave it an A because of the chewiness of the crust and the awesome parmesan they provide!  With each discussion, my mouth started salivating and I started NEEDING it again.  A pure addict, indeed.

I knew I wanted either Giovanni’s or Round Table last night and we chose the latter because we had a coupon.   Out of the specialty pizzas, the King Arthur is my fave:  Pepperoni, Italian sausage, Italian dry salami, linguica, white mushrooms, green peppers, yellow onions, and black olives. Baked with a blend of 3 cheeses and Zesty Red Sauce.

If you buy a large specialty pizza at regular price, you get a one-topping medium pizza for 50 cents!!  It is in honor of Round Table’s 50th Anniversary.  I was in heaven because I love King Arthur’s and I LOOOOOOOVE mushroom pizza.  I’m not sure if Boyfriend thought I was joking when I said we should get both but that’s what we did.  Of course we have leftovers – that was the original plan!  And of course, I am fine with eating the leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. : )

Pizza, pizza, pizza!!

November 16, 2009

I’ve always liked pizza but ever since our New York trip, I’ve been obsessed.  On the way home from the airport after New York, I couldn’t stop thinking about how goooooood the pizza was the night before.  It consumed me and all I could think about was the next time I would get to consume it!  We stopped by Giovanni’s New York Pizzeria for the first time on the way home from the airport.

It was an extremely good rendition of NY Style pizza, I was impressed.  We picked up two slices of cheese pizza to go and added all the shake-on toppings we did in New York.  Garlic powder, parmesan, chili flakes, oregano, etc.  The slices were huge (as they should be!) and were a couple bucks and some change.


The obsession started out mildly.  I’d suggest pizza for dinner or gravitate towards pizza on the menu at restaurants.  I started wanting it all the time.  I did not simply crave it or want it.  I NEEDED it.  So began my pizza addiction.  In the past couple of weeks, I’ve  had your regular run of the mill pizza chains such as Round Table, Papa John’s and even Costco.  I’ve also purchased multiple packages of pizza dough from Trader Joe’s so I could make it at home.  We’ve been back to Giovanni’s again since the trip home from the airport and I can’t wait to try others.

I think my addiction with pizza has subdued somewhat but my love for it has only grown.  Boyfriend claimed he is pizza’d out for the time being but I definitely am not!

1127 Lawrence Expressway   Sunnyvale, CA

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