Today for lunch I went to Pizza Antica at Santana Row in San Jose, CA. I’ve been here a few times before and I like the place because of the modern pizzeria type of feel with open kitchens connected to the dining floor and large ovens where you can see your pies being prepared. The place has both indoor and outdoor seating, which is nice since it accommodates for all sorts of weather here in the mostly sunny Bay Area.
Another thing I like about Pizza Antica is their pizza crust. It’s kind of a thin crust, but not too thin – just right in my opinion. Although their pizzas use simple ingredients, the pairings are refined and are thoughtfully used to work harmoniously together. Some ingredients/toppings include housemade mozzarella (very fresh), black mission figs, fennel sausage, portobello mushrooms, radicchio, and pancetta. From the refined way it is prepared, pizzas at Pizza Antica are definitely in a higher class than run-of-the-mill pizzas from Pizza Hut or sports bar restaurants.
We ordered two pizzas today – a small Tomato Sauce, Housemade Mozzarella and Fresh Basil Pizza and a medium Spicy Fennel Sausage, Portobello Mushroom and Roasted Onion Pizza. The tomato basil pizza had a good amount of fresh mozzarella but what really made this pie great was the fresh basil. It complimented the rest of the pizza very well, and although it was very simple, it packed tons of flavor. The sausage and mushroom pizza was great because the portobello mushrooms were very tasty. It gave a good balance to the spiciness of the sausage. The only complaint I had about the mushroom pizza was that the crust was too burnt.
Since the prices are very reasonable for this place (especially being located in Santana Row), I recommend coming here for some refined pizza. The menu itself consists of more than just pizza – there are starters, salads, soups, pastas, proteins, and dessert. So save the cheap Domino’s pizza for when you’re having a football party and try this place out.