Pizza Continues To Be Hot Trend For New Restaurant Openings

IRVINE, Calif., April 2015 – The pizza craze doesn’t appear to be slowing down in Orange County anytime soon. Irvine Company Retail Properties welcomes five new pizza concepts opening this year at several of its shopping centers.

“Pizza is really a universally beloved food,” said Stacie Ellis, senior director of marketing for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “From build-it-yourself to Neapolitan-style to New York thin crust, there’s all kinds of delicious pizza to be had at these new pizza shops throughout our centers.”

Sapori Ristorante at Bayside Center, one of coastal Orange County’s most beloved Italian neighborhood eateries, will soon debut its new pizzeria. Located adjacent to the longtime restaurant, Sapori Pizzeria will feature an authentic brick oven imported direct from Italy. The custom-built, pure wood-burning oven will fire up authentic Neapolitan-style pies in 90 seconds. On the menu? Capricciosa pie, with San Marzano tomatoes, artichokes, mushroom, ham, housemade mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, basil and extra virgin olive oil. The signature Sapori pizza will come with grape tomatoes, Sicilian oregano, fresh garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Sapori Pizzeria is slated to open this month and will be located right next door to Sapori Ristorante. For more information, visit

Customizable pizza is also coming to Alton Square in Irvine with Pizza:90. Cooked in a 900-degree wood-fired oven for 90 seconds, highly trained and certified “pizzaiolos” or pizza-makers create authentic pies that taste just like those in Italy. Pair your pizza with an exceptional hand-selected craft beer and you’ve got pizza heaven. Pizza:90 is located next to Pick Up Stix and is scheduled to open this month. For more information, visit

Ugly Pie Co., a build-your-own-pizzeria from El Segundo, is opening up its first Orange County shop at Orchard Hills Shopping Center in mid-June. Ugly Pie Co. encourages creativity with an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to sauce, cheese, meats and other toppings.  Dough is made fresh in store daily, ensuring the base of every pizza is as delicious as possible. Specialty pizza favorites include the Cheese Burger with BBQ sauce, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, ground beef, bacon, red onion, relish and olive oil. For more information, visit

Square One Pizza Café opens its first location at Oak Creek Shopping Center in mid-June. The restaurant will feature build-your-own, square-shaped pizzas from chef Kyle Gillies, a former chef de cuisine at Hobbit Restaurant in Orange. Signature pizzas include: the charred skirt steak, with roasted corn, Manchego cheese, peppers and sour cream and the grilled portabella with smoked mozzarella. Beyond pizza, dinner service will include an exceptional wine list, craft microbrews and a chef-driven menu of Mediterranean cuisine. Square One will be located next to McVean’s American Grill.  

Johnny’s Real New York Pizza recently opened its third location at Quail Hill Shopping Center. With a mission to bring Orange County residents a true taste of New York, owner John Younesi turns out New York style pizza with a thin hand-tossed crust topped with tangy red sauce and creamy mozzarella cheese perfect for folding in half and digging into.  With a variety of toppings including “Brooklyn’s Finest” veggie pie and “The True Sicilian” meat-lovers, diners won’t have to travel to The Big Apple to taste real NY pizza. Johnny’s is located between Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill and Thai Bamboo Bistro. For more information, visit

Other notable and recent pizzeria openings include:

  • Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza at Fashion Island
  • Pieology at The Market Place
  • Fresh Brothers at Harbor View Shopping Center
  • First Class Pizza at Newport Coast Shopping Center
  • MOD at Westpark Plaza Shopping Center
  • Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana at Crystal Cove Shopping Center

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About Irvine Company Retail Properties

The Irvine Company Retail Properties owns, develops, reinvests and manages regional, neighborhood and community centers in Newport Beach, Irvine and Silicon Valley. 

With three distinguished regional shopping centers including Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place – along with 36 neighborhood and community centers – Irvine Company Retail Properties is the coastal California destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Recent additions to the retail portfolio include: Nespresso, Urban Decay, SoulCycle, TLT Food, Urban Seoul, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Babette’s and more. For more information, please visit