Cheap Eats: Pancoast Pizza
Grab a slice of delicious thin-crust pizza!
Photo by Brenda L. // Yelp.com
Pizza and sub shops are to the Northeast what taquerias are to the Bay Area: a ubiquitous natural resource that’s easy to take for granted. Unless you move away. Then, you’ll have to open your own joint, which is what Philly native Robert Pancoast did. Go to Pancoast Pizza for good thin-crust New York–style pizza and subs (called grinders or hoagies on the East Coast) made from scratch with quality ingredients.
Whole pies are $11 for a small 12-inch cheese, and $18 for an 18-inch large. Specialty pizzas are a little pricier ($16 small, $26 large) but worth it. We liked the “esquared” topped with Italian meatballs and sausage, sweet braised fennel, green olives, and dollops of tasty ricotta cheese. Or grab a slice for $3 and up. The Italian hoagie is a fresh-made roll packed with quality cold cuts and dressed, in traditional East Coast fashion, with chopped lettuce, sliced tomato, onion, and oregano, plus olive oil and vinegar.
Feeling Lazy? Pancoast delivers within a four-mile radius for a $2 fee.
Student Slice Price: As if they needed another excuse to eat pizza, nearby Las Lomas high schoolers get a $1 student discount for slice and soda combos.
In Good Hands: Robert and his wife, Julie, met in culinary school in Oregon and ran their own catering business in Lafayette for the last 12 years. (Pancoast does cater, by the way.)
Pancoast Pizza, 1516 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 954-1178, pancoastpizza.com. Lunch and dinner daily.