The pizzeria chefs in this Caifornian city are, without a doubt, out and out traditionalists, so Ojai is known for its thick crust pizza. They stick to baking real Italian pizzas in the old-fashioned way in Ojai which is how they've been baked in Italy for more decades than anyone cares to remember. Thick crust pizza is a staple item on any Italian's diet as well as many Americans and Europeans these days. What's not to like about this delicious combination of a thick dough base smothered in a rich and herby tomato sauce topped off with a generous helping of cheese? In a word, nothing. Pizzerias in Ojai like to bake their pies in traditional ways too so most of the pizzas you get in the city will be fresh out of a wood-fired or brick oven and in all honesty, the more traditional the pizza, the better it is.
When you want the best delivery pizza in Ojai there's only one pizzeria you should call and that's the Ojai Pizza Company. The owner of this Ojai pizzeria has been baking pizza since he was a child and continues to use original family recipes when he's cooking today, so you know it's going to be as good as any pizza can possibly get. The Ojai Pizza Company's premises are over on East Ojai Avenue and it’s a stylish, dark wood joint with bare brick walls. The tasteful décor is just one great feature of this welcoming eatery and the exceptionally good pizzas are another. You can get a thin crust pan-baked pizza from here as well as a regular thick crust and that's one pie you should definitely try. Whatever extras you decide to get your pie topped with, be prepared to receive one that's loaded to the max, as stinting on ingredients is something they just don't do.
If you've just finished a round of golf at the Soule Park Golf Course or been exercising your pup at the Mitchell Edelson dog park, you're in the right neighborhood to pick up the best take-out pizza in Ojai. Find East Ojai Avenue and you'll find the Ca Marco Ristorante Italiano which is exactly where you need to be. You'll spot Ca Marco's premises straight away as it looks as Mediterranean as the food they serve. Park up and go inside and before you even get a sniff of the aromas coming from the kitchen, you'll feel welcomed by the Mediterranean look of the interior too. Unfortunately for you, you have to decide which pizza you want as a take-out. Believe it, that is not going to be an easy choice here. If you find yourself dithering, try a Salamino, Alla Salsiccia or the Funghi and Carciofi. They're all great.
The two things Ojai doesn't have you can find easily enough fifteen miles to the south in Ventura. That's the coastal city to head for when you want sand and sea. Take a stroll along the San Buenaventura State Beach, sit on the shoreline, and watch the antics of the surfers for a while before heading into the center to see the historic landmarks like the early 19th century Mission San Buenaventura. You can make a full day of it by catching the ferry over to the Channel Islands National Park or go for a rustic pizza at Tony's Pizzeria in his roadside shack on East Thompson Boulevard.
Moorpark is a forty-minute drive from Ojai. Look at this city's location on a map and you might think there's nothing there worth getting in the car for. You'd be wrong. Moorpark is a university city with a lively vibe and great cultural activities. Take a tour around America's Teaching Zoo and you'll be amazed by the animals as well as the students who care for them while studying zoology. You'll see some more domesticated animals if you go to the Underwood Family Farm where as well as getting up close to pigs and cows, you can pick your own fruit and veg. Before you head back to Ojai, stop off at PizzaMan Dan's on Los Angeles Avenue for a pie.
Camarillo is around thirty-odd miles south of Ojai and the city to go to if you're into history or aviation. Visit the Commemorative Air Force SoCal Museum, in short the CAF SoCal, and you'll find displays of vintage aircraft there dating to before WW2. You can also take a flight in one of the planes if you want to. For a more down-to-earth museum visit, head for the Camarillo Ranch where you can tour around the fifteen rooms which are full of original Victorian furnishings. The Camarillo Ranch also has a vintage automobile museum and beautiful gardens. After you've seen it all, drop by the Ameci Pizza Kitchen on Las Posas Road East and treat yourself to a pie.
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