DeSano2Kid Hit Menu Items:
Pizza, pizza, pizza! What else do you need? Out of the three pies we sampled at DeSano Pizza Bakery, the lone adult (me) ate the capricciosa and San Gennaro topped with sweet sausage and spicy peppers, whereas the boys split a Margherita. That left plenty of leftover for Papa’s dinner and for lunch the next day, making me happy because the older I get, the more I LOVE leftovers. Anyway, pizzas come in two sizes, and are priced for the $10-15 small pies, and $15-22 for the large ones. There’s a case of tantalizingly piled-up gelato, house-made cannolli, and a fridge stocked with San Pellegrino limonata and aranciata, which are some of the sodas I let my kids drink based on completely irrational decision-making. Well, I’d argue the small bottle size is a legit reason.

Adult Perks: Long ago are the 1980’s when we’d head to Caffe Roma in Beverly Hills for the occasional dose of what my parents thought was the closest authentic Italian pizza we could find to remind them of their days in Rome and Parma, where they’d lived during the late 1960s. Angeli came along in ’84, and even offered delivery. Sadly, Angeli isn’t part of L.A.’s current pizza passion that’s ushered in a wave of new options, mostly Neapolitan style, and many of which emphasize a Chipotle-like template and customization. DeSano, where I was invited to eat via the PR firm, isn’t an iPizza restaurant. The menu features a fixed listing of Neapolitan classics, a few set topping creations of their own, and calzoni, all made with super authentic ingredients brought from Italy, the evidence of which is stacked on shelves and palettes all over the semi-raw space. DeSano’s beer and wine license is pending and will happen soon, thankfully, since it’s a shame not to be able to have a Moretti with these charred pies to give the experience a proper pizzeria/beer garden feel.

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