Unique Wedding and Party Venue

We had the opportunity to tour the ZLAC Rowing Club on the North end of Mission Bay, San Diego.  ZLAC is the oldest women’s rowing club in the world and is available for wedding or party rentals.  The Rowing Club has a unique patio area, a large catering kitchen and direct access to the beach for weddings or BBQ.  We spoke with several of the board members at ZLAC and they mentioned all sorts of parties they had hosted over the years.

You can find out more information about renting the ZLAC facility here.

What Is Small Business Ownership Like?

People often ask us what it’s like to own and operate a small business.  It depends on how you run your business and if you actually enjoy the day to day operations.  At Pacific Pizza, we find joy in many tasks that don’t actually involve making pizza.

Just today, we put a fresh coat of pain on the dome of the pizza oven, it was a beautiful day to be outside with paintbrushes and rollers in hand while listening to some Huey Lewis.

We enjoy going shopping for fresh ingredients, sourcing our cooking wood and making our pizza dough fresh each week.  Did  you know that we started a stairs workout on Tuesdays before making pizza dough?  What a great way to get the day started with 20 friends.

At Pacific Pizza, we think it’s great to incorporate friends and family into our daily operations, thanks to all those who have helped us out through the years!

Our crew of friends celebrate after a big first day of pizza.

Visiting Chef Tomas’

 

Thin Crust or Thick?

The thin vs. THICK crust argument has been going on long enough, let’s settle this right now!

If you are REALLY hungry and you haven’t eaten for days, perhaps a thick crust pizza is what you need.  For most of us, pizza is about enjoying a delicious meal with friends and perhaps trying some new pizza combinations.  If you really want to taste good pizza, you want to go light on the sauce, cheese and toppings, it sounds strange, but pizzas cook best with less.

When cooking with a wood-fired oven, the temperatures can get up to 850F degrees or higher!  If you want that nice crispy crust on the bottom, you”ll need to go thin crust so that your toppings and cheese don’t burn in the process.  It only takes 2 minutes to cook an 11″ pizza in the wood-fired oven, so things happen very quickly.  If you want to have a thicker crust, you’ll need a lower temperature and let’s face it, then we are just talking bread with pizza ingredients.

Have we solved the thick vs. thin pizza argument?  As much as we’d like to say yes, we probably haven’t.  If you are having a party coming up,  consider wood-fired pizza from Pacific Pizza.

Wedding Catering Advice

We think that caterers should help to make your life easier and let you enjoy your party.  Our friends at San Diego Party Ride compiled a list of suggestions for those who want to get the most out of their catering experience.

Check out the wedding catering advice list and see what you can do to make your wedding run smoothly so you can enjoy the party to the fullest just like your guests will.

If you are interested in pizza at your wedding, we cater rehearsal dinners as well as pizza fun after the ceremony.  Give us a call (619-365-5449) or send us a message via email for more information.

Holiday Pizza Catering

Are you looking for a fun way to spice up your holiday party this season?  We have catered many fun company lunches and parties.  It’s great to get everyone outside and engaged as they watch pizza getting cooked fresh in front of their faces.

Give us a call and we can help you plan your holiday party!

619-365-5449

San Diego Guildfest Nov 3-4

Pacific Pizza came to San Diego in 2014 and the first big event we participated in was Guildfest on the Broadway Pier. It was amazing to serve pizza literally over the water in San Diego Bay.

We had so much fun in 2014, we’ve returned in 2015, 2016 and 2017 will make our fourth year at Guildfest.  Your favorite San Diego Beer will be served at Guildfest and there will hot fresh pizza from Pacific Pizza.


See you at Guildfest!

 

Wedding Pizza

This year we’ve had the opportunity to cater some fantastic weddings and rehearsal dinners in San Diego.  We recently catered for Brad and Andi after their wedding.  We had an excellent time meeting the guests.  Some of the family members were Italian, so it was up to us to make some delicious thin crust wood-fired pizza.

We are looking forward to more great parties this year and in 2018.  Let us know what you would like and we can make it happen!

Cheers,

Pacific Pizza

Friends at Tribute Pizza North Park Win Best of San Diego

We want to congratulate Tribute Pizza in North Park on winning the best pizza variety in San Diego Magazine.  Last week we stopped by Tribute Pizza to talk with the owner, Matthew Lyons and taste his pizza.  Since opening in 2016, Tribute has expanded it’s menu and added brunch options on the weekends.

We really enjoyed the pizza and what impressed us most was the fresh out of the oven focaccia.  Here is a photo of Irene with our Dirty Dancin’ pizza.

Tribute has a large space, we didn’t have to wait at all, we chose to sit on their outside patio.  As you can see from the photo, we rode bikes, there was bike parking in the rear and we chose to just lean our bikes next to the patio since we didn’t bring locks.

If you want to check out an event on August 18th, you can see Tribute serving pizzas out of a wood-fired mobile oven at the San Diego Magazine Best of Party.  We definitely like what Matthew and his team have done at Tribute, stop by when you get a chance and be sure to try the Focaccia!

What Do Bicycles and Pizza have in Common?

We’ve found that people who like riding pizza, love to eat pizza.  Our first event back in the spring of 2014 was a stop on Ride the Rockies, a week long ride all over Colorado.  We really didn’t know what to expect, and at first nobody was coming over to buy our pizza. Once our first pizza was ordered, word of mouth spread and soon, we had a big line with hungry cyclists eager to fill up on our fresh pizza.  Since it was our first event, we didn’t really have our ordering system down so, things were a bit chaotic for a while until we figured out our plate and line system.

We ended up selling out of pizza that first day after cooking more than 200 pizzas in just a few hours, what a way to start out!

Our crew of friends celebrate after a big first day of pizza.

Our first event made the local paper!

 

Pacific Pizza’s founder, Sean Durkin has always been an avid bike rider and is happy to make pizza for hungry cyclists.  We have served pizza at the Great Western Bicycle Rally for the past three years and also the St. Paddy’s Day Palomar Punishment Ride.  Check out this great article on the best cycling charities.

Serving Pizza with two generations of Durkins at the Great Western Bicycle Rally

 

We are looking forward to our next bike event on August 27th.  We are partnering up with the San Diego Bicycle Coalition to serve pizza at the 10th annual Bike the Bay Ride.   We will be serving pizza in the VIP area.  Check out the LA Times story on Bike the Bay.

Cyclists get unique yearly chance to ride over the Coronado Bridge!

These guys are coming to Bike the Bay

 

We are always looking for more ways to bring together cycling and pizza, check out our Facebook page for our upcoming events and news.