Pizza Nova – San Diego (What’s On Your Plate?)

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What’s on My Plate?

My mom was here over the weekend. And since she loves me — and my kids — and my husband, too, she did kid duty while we went on a date. Hubs took me to Pizza Nova for lunch.

We’ve been looking for a smallish, local restaurant ever since we moved to San Diego three years ago. Large chain restaurants abound and we’ve faced some huge disappointments on the eating scene. But, we were very pleasantly surprised with Pizza Nova.

We each got the lunch special for $10. A little on the high end to still be called a “cheap eat,” but the food was plentiful, the service was great, and the pizza and salad were delish! I’m sorry, the salad disappeared before I remembered I had a camera on my phone.

It was a beautiful plate of mixed baby greens, candied walnuts, and crisp green apple, tossed with their house dressing which seemed to be reminiscent of mustard and raspberries.

The lunch special offers a choice of pizza: Thai Chicken, BBQ, Pepperoni-Sausage, and Margherita. Hubs chose the Margherita while I had the Thai. Both were good, though I preferred the Thai. I didn’t really care for the fontina on the Margherita. The wood-fired pizza crust is light, but crisp, a delicious foil for the toppings.

We ate outside with a clear sky, warm sun, and a light breeze, making it the ideal afternoon date.

Pizza Nova has four locations in the San Diego area: Point Loma, Hillcrest, Solana Beach, and San Marcos, so when you visit, be sure to check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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  1. That pizza looks amazing!

    Thanks for hosting What’s On Your Plate! I am sharing a recipe for a delicious Spinach Ricotta Pie that I make with homemade ricotta cheese! It is so easy and so much fun to make the cheese, and the results are creamy, sweet, and delicious!

    Thanks again,

  2. Thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing my EASY & Frugal Stovetop Chicken Parm Pasta. I love that I can make it without heating up my kitchen, and that I can stretch 2 chicken breasts into one satisfying meal that feeds my family of 5. It’s even a man pleasin’ meal. Hubby doesn’t mind it’s not a big slab of meat. 🙂

    Have a GREAT week!!

  3. I live in North County and have been to Pizza Nova a couple of times and enjoyed it…depending on what area of SD you live in I could recommend some good restaurants. 🙂 I linked up a super easy crock pot recipe–Mango Salsa Chicken…really good!

    • Jessica says:

      We are often looking for restaurants in North County. Would love to hear your recommendations.

    • I too live in north county and we are always looking for something interesting besides a chain. A lot of times we find a coupon and try places that way. We have a 2 yr. old (grandson) so that sometimes makes up part of our decision. I like Rudy’s in Solana Beach, but my one daughter didn’t like the carne asada burrito. We usually get the shredded beef, head down to the closest beach, sometimes Moonlight and hang out and eat our burritos.
      It’s called Rudy’s Taco Shop and apparently another one opened in La Costa somewhere. You can find it/reviews on Yelp. We discovered it going to the thrift shop next door. Sometimes we park in the building just past it since the lot is small. It’s easy to drive past since it’s such a small area.

  4. Oh my goodness, that pizza looks absolutely divine. Thai chicken pizza sounds really, really good. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

  5. You need to check out Filippi’s Pizza Grotto on India Street.
    We live in Maryland and make a point of eating here when traveling. It’s that good and that cheap (for my family of 5) and we always cart home leftovers. Watch out though, because the line is crazy long on the weekends.

    • I remember eating at Filipis in Escondido when I was just a kid. To give you an idea on that, I’m now 54. I haven’t been there in about 5 yrs. but last time we went it was good.

  6. Thanks for hosting. These recipes look amazing!

  7. That pizza looks sooooo yummy! Thanks for hosting!

  8. I live owe to the hillcrest one, I think the hubby and I need a lunch date! Maybe even tomorrow, perfect timing 🙂

  9. I’m definately trying Pizza Nova, it’s been hard finding good places to eat out here, a lot of disappointments. I do have to recommend “The Mission” in downtown, love, love, love their french toast and soy chorizo, so yummy!

  10. This makes me a bit homesick. We lived in Cardiff for a few years before moving to North Carolina, and I actually worked for the art school located in the same plaza as Pizza Nova in Solana Beach. We went often. The roasted garlic appetizer was always high on my list too. Yum!

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