Pizza is one of my favorite Friday evening take out meals, lazy Sunday afternoon lunch, and special weekday, “I am running ridiculously late and don’t have time to cook dinner,” dinners. Okay, I guess I just really like pizza. My taste for pizza has become discerning because of the availability of such a large range of different varieties, thin crust, Chicago style, wood-fired, and deep dish, just to name a few. After working our way through many of the different Simi Valley pizza offerings, my favorite, any day of the week, is East Coast Pizza Company, located on Tapo Canyon Road.
Serving their self-proclaimed “authentic east coast pizza” in a rather expansive strip mall, anchored by Bed, Bath, and Beyond on the left and Regal Cinema on the right, East Coast Pizza Company is tucked behind a Mediterranean style fountain full of shinning nickels and pennies from children of the many families that eat there. In an section of the mall that is lined with stand-and-order type of not quite fast food restaurants (Panda Express, Baja Fresh, and The Natural Café), East Coast Pizza Company is hiding it’s above average pizza deliciousness in the mediocrity of suburban architecture, but don’t be fooled by looks alone.
The interior of East Coast Pizza Company is narrow and cozy (literally, it tends to be pretty warm inside), the walls are decorated with black and white framed photos of Manhattan, and the seating is limited. When you walk up to the counter to place your order you have the option of choosing one of the pizza’s steaming and ready to order by the slice starting at $2.89, or ordering from the menu and having the cooks prepare a pizza masterpiece just for you.
Let’s talk menu, East Coast Pizza Company’s choices are not extensive, but includes the expected pizza joint items: chicken wings (12 for $7.45), antipasto salad ($7.49), meatball or Italian sandwiches ($5.79), calzones, and Stromboli (prices vary upon toppings). Then there is the pizza, here’s where it gets interesting, of course you can choose the traditional pepperoni as my son does, but why not go for a Gouda Pizza with it’s sausage and mushrooms, or the Gorgonzola and Grape Pizza that mixes garlic infused olive oil brushed crust with four types of cheeses?
Personally, I almost always opt for the Ultimate Spinach Pizza because the spinach is cooked perfectly and placed meticulously on little circles of ricotta cheese, which is all happening while the three cheese blend is melted perfectly on top of possibly the best thin crust I’ve had in a long time. This alluring pizza will run you $15.20 for a medium size, noted at fourteen inches and cut into six pieces, which is more than enough for my husband and I to share (although, in all honesty, there isn’t ever any leftover).
East Coast Pizza Company’s menu is available for pick up, delivery, and catering. If you decide to eat in the restaurant be prepared to sit outside at the courtyard style tables and chairs by the aforementioned fountain, and enjoy a great slice of hot pizza, a cool crisp salad, and the family atmosphere of this must go-to New York style pizza place.
East Coast Pizza Company
2267 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063