Location: 1534 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA
On our way in to our hotel, we passed this place. It was, of course, Braeden who suggested we try it out. After all, it is pizza and what does he love more than that? I didn’t mind since I hadn’t had pizza in a while, but more importantly, I was starving and any food sounded good to me.
We walked in at around 8pm local time and found it to still be quite bustling. On the door, the hours stated that the place was open until 1am, one hour after the Disney Park closed, a perfect time and place to satiate any late night cravings. From our vantage point, it was hard to see any details about the pizzas they had on their menu. Luckily, they had smaller menus on double sided cards for us to peruse. “The Herald” caught my attention right away. It was the only pizza on the menu with a white sauce. It also helped that there were onions and mushrooms on it, two of my favourite pizza toppings; I was sold. Despite not liking tomatoes on my pizza, with the exception of the actual tomato sauce, I decided to go with the pizza as is since that combination was chosen by the chef, I would give it a try first before changing anything because who knew, maybe I would end up liking it. Braeden stuck to his familiar Hawaiian pizza, only here it was called The Sun and had bacon on it. Honestly, before I could have cared less for bacon, but recently, after having fried up some pretty good maple bacon, I’m warming up to it. The great thing about this place is that every pizza is customizable. It’s clear that the chefs here take a lot of pride and care in what they do. One in particular, I’m sorry I didn’t catch his name, asked each and every customer about his or her day. It’s small things like that that make a place special. Now I’m not saying that it’s not done at other places, but as this had a more fast food feel to it, it seemed different. Like they actually cared. He actually asked for details not like many other places where people ask as an automatic opener.
However, what struck me first was the way the place was setup. Or rather, the theme that the place had. I suppose the fact that it was called The Pizza PRESS should’ve clued me in. The place is setup like a newspaper press. The titles of the pizzas are related to common suffixes added to newspaper titles (ex. The Calgary Herald, The Calgary Sun, The Alberta Gazette, etc.). Each step we had to take from ordering our pizza to customizing it to paying for it had a different “label” assigned that corresponded with some part of the editing/publishing process. But what got me the most excited was the fact that there was a typewriter on display right on the counter. And if I remember correctly, it was right between the two cash registers.
Since it was late, we opted to take the pizzas back tot the hotel to enjoy. Since it was only a short walk from our hotel, the pizzas didn’t have a chance to get cold. One bite and I was in love. I remember thinking and saying to Braeden, “this is how [thin crust] pizza should be.” The pizza here was vaguely reminiscent of the ones I had in Italy, only that the ones in Italy were more burnt and had less toppings.
Would I recommend coming here? Absolutely. Would I come back here? You bet. The staff were friendly, the food was great, I didn’t have to wait long for my pizza. They even have beer on tap (not that I drink beer, but it’s still pretty cool since beer and pizza are a classic pairing). Of the many pizzas I’ve eaten, I have to say this place ranks in the top tiers. Though it’s not my favourite food, I would still rate this place a 3.75/5. I can’t say I’d give it a higher rating until I had the chance to dine in. I guess there is only one bad thing I can say about this place, I can’t stop eating. It’s that good.