Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill

The Royal Hawaiian Pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill.

Over looking the Studio City epicenter of Laurel Canyon and Ventura Boulevard, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill is carving its way as a top contender among theStudioCityfood circuit — where dining options appear unbounded.

Founded in 1989, inLa Jolla,Calif., by Sami Ladeki, this hands-on restaurateur has extended Sammy’s in bothNevadaand So Cal, withStudioCitybeing store number eighteen.

The cross-cultural mix ofPacific Riminspired menu items are magnetizing, providing a prime setting and a palate-pleasing choice for both the lunch and dinner crowd.

Highlights from the well-appointed menu include:

The delicately prepared Artichoke Fritters, these spherical cheese bombs are bursting with Romano and herbed goat cheese and artichoke pieces. They are served with an herb dressing and pack a semi-sharp, rich and creamy bite.

The Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs are served with a tare sauce (similar to Teriyaki) drizzled on top and complimented with a side of pickled cucumbers; these moist and tender meatballs could very well be the savory, protein cousin of fresh baked donut holes.

The Pizza selection has variety for all ages, including an updated take on a time-honored classic, the Royal Hawaiian. This pie boasts thinly sliced, golden pineapple, rosemary ham,Fresno chili, and mint on top of house made tomato sauce and mozzarella. The Royal Hawaiian packs a delicate sweetness with a jab of heat, and a smooth cool down, all supported by Sammy’s Woodfired crust.

The ingredient-rich Red Quinoa Salad consists of fresh golden beets, almonds, organic grape tomatoes, avocado, red onion, wild arugula, parsley, mint, and scallions all gently tossed with a light citrus chili vinaigrette. This refreshing, “feel good eating” option turns healthy ingredients into a satisfying entrée salad.

The straight-forward dessert selection stands proud in well-deserved confidence. Prime choices include: the Salted Caramel Pudding, creamy and smooth, light, yet not overly sweetened. Unquestionably, spoon-scrapping good! Another fail-proof option is the Yummy Honey Cheese Pizza, a thin artisan crust with mild sheep’s milk cheese, organic oregano, and orange blossom honey. If you’re seeking nostalgia, the Cotton Candy dusted in cocoa powder is a smile inducer.

Sammy’s Pizza aims to please. They have an extensive selection of vegetarian and gluten-free menu options (including the pizza crust) and a catering menu that is sure to be a hit for theStudioCitycrowd and beyond.

The Bottom Line: Tapas $6-$11; Pizza and Salads $10-$15; Entrees $15-18. Sammy’s has a comfortable street view patio and a well versed non-intimidating wine and beer selection.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is located at 12050 Ventura Blvd.in StudioCity. For more information, call (818) 762-3330 or visit www.sammyspizza.com.

The Royal Hawaiian Pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill.

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