Nothing inspires foodie passion quite like pizza; one of the world’s most popular yet varied dishes. Because different people have different tastes and emphatic preferences in crusts, cheeses, toppings, shapes and even cooking fuel sources, there can be no such thing as the “best pizza.” But pizzerias are another story altogether. I remember the pizzeria of my youth, where we concergated after games, for birthdays and just about every Friday night. These places welcomed families; a pitcher of beer for dad, and a nice glass of rose for mom, and pizza that satisfied everyone. I am happy to say that such a place exists in Grover Beach. Run by one of the nicest woman, Margarita is a jewel of a pizzeria owner. She welcomes you to Margarita’s Pizza with a kind smile and a most accommodating flare.
Margarita’s was brought to my attention by my friend Suellen of Abbey Home Loans. She is a bastion of finding my favorite little eateries. On our first visit we had the salad bar that was full of crisp and fresh vegetables and charming dressings. Gary ordered the California Philly Sandwich that was served on the softest and best hoagie roll. Tender slices of roast beef, sautéed onions and bell peppers topped with mozzarella and jack cheese permeated the bread and melded together in an appealing combination. Most everything is made in house, from ranch dressing to pizza dough.
Then we shared Roasted Chicken and Garlic Pizza, which I deemed my new local favorite. A supple crust with white sauce, roasted chicken, garlic, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese. I had them add red onions and sprinkled with red peppers. It was so good, there was none left to take home. I was surprised and delighted at the reasonable prices and Margarita even let us control the remote to the TV (we picked the Muppet show instead of basketball).
We came back for lunch and had the Beach Club Sandwich again on that delicious roll with oven roasted turkey, crispy bacon, lettuce and tomato. It was busier during the day than at night, but Margarita still was gracious, kind and laughing through out our time there. I tried the Meatball Sub Sandwich with saucy homemade meatballs with just the right amount of spices, topped with mozzarella and jack cheese.
We came back for dinner and “Nana” juice after a full day playing with our Grands. I settled on Dos Equis as my beer and Gary shared sips with the hot and spicy Buffalo Wings that are oven baked and tossed in an alluring hot sauce. They are served with celery and homemade ranch dressing. Our pizza that night was the Mediterranean topped high with artichokes hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, feta cheese and lightly sprinkled with oregano. The sauce was pesto sauce and added a deeply satisfying layer to this pie.
I will be back often and with the Grands next time as this is a place where all of us can be sated with great food and a fun atmosphere. Margarita’s boasts enchanting food and reasonable prices. They do take out and delivery, so you can have it a home.
Margarita’s is located at 967 West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach; call them at (805) 489-1010. They are closed on Mondays, but open 11:00 am – 2:30 pm and then
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm every other day.