Regents Pizzeria is a pretty low-key-looking, but quite famous little restaurant located in the UTC area. S and I live quite close, but we don’t visit very often for some reason. I’ve ordered their pizza a few times and really enjoyed them, but I’ve actually never dined inside the restaurant until recently.
It’s a pretty small space. You order up at the counter and hope that there’s a seat available (there are maybe 15 seats, at most?). In addition to pizza, they also serve pastas, salads, and sandwiches. The menu is not extensive, but S assures me that everything he has tried was pretty good.
I decided to go with the pizza. They serve both New York and Chicago-style pizzas (although I don’t think they have any claims of authenticity), so I chose one of each: the Pig in a Garden, which has broccolini, semi-dried tomatoes, and prosciutto with a rosemary garlic oil sauce; and the Popeye, which has spinach, artichoke hearts, ricotta, and parmesan cheese. Both pizzas were very delicious. The Pig in a Garden was very light and had a nice, crispy crust. I loved the flavor combination of prosciutto with broccolini. The Popeye was also really good – the tomato sauce tasted fresh and well-seasoned (unlike the overly salty one that I had at Berkeley Pizza), the crust was not in the least bit soggy, and the toppings actually reminded me of spinach-artichoke dip.
S chose a pasta dish, the rigatoni chicken pesto, which has grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and rigatoni in a pesto cream sauce, topped with feta cheese. I thought the cream sauce was plenty flavorful without being too heavy, but I actually didn’t like the feta on top – it was a bit too overpowering along with the sun-dried tomatoes. S didn’t share his bread rolls (sad face), but they looked fluffy and tasty.
Regents Pizzeria remains one of our favorite pizza places in San Diego, and it’s an especially great fix when we are too lazy to go out, or just a casual meal without driving too far. It’s also quite affordable: each of our meals cost around $8, and we left pretty full and satsfied.
4150 Regents Park Row #170, La Jolla, CA 92037
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-10pm