The Pizza Place — Walnut Creek
This new restaurant serves up pizza and sandwiches in downtown Walnut Creek.
As the title suggests, pizza is the centerpiece of the menu here, and while cheap is a relative term in downtown Walnut Creek, splitting a pie is a pretty good deal. The pizza (ranging from $10 for a small cheese to $25.95 for the large, artery-splitting super combo) is solid, with the house-made tomato sauce the finest feature—I actually detected a bit of green herb within the red of the sauce. Much like the sub shops prevalent in the Northeast, The Pizza Place also has plenty of salad and sandwich options. The sandwiches, which hover around the $7 range, are clearly made with fresh ingredients—the BLTA (A for avocado) is a tasty choice. Appetizers range from $4 cheese sticks to $8 nachos.
Game On: The huge flat-screen TV makes this a good sneak-out spot for worker bees to catch an A’s day game (there’s beer and wine available, too).
No Second Chances: Watch out for that second pizza topping, which mysteriously doubles in price to $1 over the first ($0.50) one.
In the Neighborhood: Check out the local boutiques on Main Street, which have been offering great recession deals on unique designer goods—and don’t forget about H&M on Mt. Diablo Boulevard.
Super Saver: Paper menus include coupon deals, such as $2–$5 off a medium specialty pizza.The Pizza Place, 1521 Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-0100, thepizzaplacewc.com. Lunch and dinner daily.