Parallel Pizzeria, located at 34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 101-102 in The Row, opens today, Friday, May 25, with 40 seats inside and 40 seats outside. A collaboration between Chef Ryan Adams, owner/chef of Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink in Laguna Beach and former musician turned chef James Nunn, this open daily casual, quick counter service eatery specializes in pies baked in a wood stone pizza oven and more.
All about East Coast meets West Coast, Parallel Pizzeria’s oblong, New Haven, Connecticut-inspired pies are thin-crusted crispy with a satisfying crunch and topped with SoCal best-of-the-moment procured ingredients. The interior, designed by Hatch Design Group, is California coastal modern with touches of 70’s East Coast grit translating to clean, simple lines with pops of color, warm wood tones, steel ducts and raw concrete floors. More meeting of the coasts – 70’s and early 80’s vintage skateboards, regional surf images and punk band flyers adorn the eatery.
The pizza oven, scented by hardwood charcoal, delivers pies within seven to 10 minutes. They are offered in medium or large sizes and include traditional choices such as Red or White Pie with mozzarella, garlic and olive oil and Killer Dana topped with Italian chicken sausage, sweet cherry peppers, garlic, parmesan and cilantro pesto. Flavorful pie choices include inventive Mashed Potato Pie and a Clam Pie reminiscent of old-school pasta with clam sauce. Pies with a gluten free cauliflower crust are also available.
In addition are a more West Coast-like House Salad of organic mixed greens, pear, candied walnut, gorgonzola and lemon vinaigrette and a more East Coast-inspired Chopped Salad brimming with iceberg, radicchio, salami, artichoke, onion and more. Sandwiches include a fully packed “real” Hoagie, a Meatball sandwich and the Chef’s Seasonal Selection.
Chefs Ryan and James are dining-with-fun advocates. Parallel Pizzeria’s fun includes surprise switching up the menu with Chef Special pizzas and salads and a build-your-own personalized pizza with guests’ picks of toppings. 14 beers and four wines on tap are available letting pizza lovers switch-up drink choices from day to day. Popular arcade games add to the fun factor.
Parallel Pizzeria offers take-out and delivery. Hours to start are 5 to 10 p.m. daily; opening from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily starting June 1st.