Best Corner Italian Restaurant - 2009
La Piazza al Forno
When we imagine the ideal neighborhood Italian joint, we picture a casual, convivial spot on a charming street, a place where locals gobble up great pizza, knock back a few glasses of wine over steaming bowls of pasta, and are generally treated like family by doting owners. And guess what? It's not just a figment of our imagination. We just described La Piazza al Forno, a gem of a place planted right in the midst of quaint downtown Glendale. Thanks to an open kitchen, customers can chat with owner Justin Piazza while he hand-tosses pizzas and works the roaring pecan- and oak-fired brick oven, which exudes such a heavenly aroma that you can smell it from outside. We're keen on the garlic-heavy La Piazza Blanco pie, but balsamic-kissed Mediterranean ravioli and velvety chicken pesto lasagna are equally enticing. And be sure to save room for the excellent New York cheesecake, further proof that La Piazza al Forno is a dream come true.
Pizza is great....when the owner makes it. Beware if the owner is on the oven, your pizza will be soggy. 2 out of 3 times is too many times for soggy pizza. Bread sucks and is not free.
On the flipside, pasta entrees were always delicious.
Great choice, went to La Piazza several weeks ago for the first time after seeing them on the Food Network. Have been back 3 times because I love the food. This truly is a Glendale Gem. Glad that they are getting some recognition.