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Where to Find the Best Pizza in Southern California- Mama Petrillos

Updated on July 6, 2011

California Girls and Mama Petrillos Pizza, two of California's best.

When you think of Southern California, you probably think of blond hair, tan skin, and beautiful girls.  What you probably didn’t know is that Southern California has so much more to offer than just another pretty face.  Southern California also has one of the best places around to buy pizza, and that place is called Mama Petrillos.

Beautiful girls and awesome Pizza!

Mama Petrillos has it all.
Mama Petrillos has it all.

Mama Petrillos has three generations of pizza experience.

Owner John Petrillo explains, “There is only one way to make a pizza, and that’s the right way!”  He should know because the Petrillo family has been doing it right, since 1961, for three generations.

Two awesome Mama Petrillos locations

You can find Mama Petrillos in two different locations, Temple City and La Verne. The Temple City Mama Petrillos is the original. Bringing the feel of an Italian Pizzaria back to the United States is exactly what the Petrillos family has done. From the walls painted to resemble a wine cellar, the candles on the table of the dimly lit room, to Andrea Bocelli singing Italian opera while you eat, Mama Petrillos makes you feel you are experiencing Italy first hand.

Two great Mama Petrillos locations.

Mama Petrillos:
2321 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750, USA

get directions

(909) 596-5600 Hours Open: Mon. - Fri. 11am, Sat. - Sun. 4pm. Close: Sun. - Thur. 9pm, Fri. - Sat. 11pm

Mama Petrillos:
9082 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780, USA

get directions

(626) 285-0228

Come on a date with us to Mama Petrillos

Although my family no longer lives very close to either location, we often hop in the car and take that hour drive to Mama Petrillos Restaurant because we simply cannot find a better pizza anywhere else. Frankly, we just got a hankering for some good pizza and decided to take you along with us this time.

We decided to go to the La Verne location which is a little closer to our home. Unlike the Temple City location, which is on the main drag of the city, the La Verne location is nestled in a cozy grouping of shops. We almost start to salivate like Pavlov’s dogs at the first site of the restaurant sign itself.

How many in your party?

When we entered Mama Petrillos we were greeted by the hostess and cashier, eager to satisfy our pizza cravings. Now, just so you know, Mama Petrillos has a full range of Italian food that they offer like, chicken cacciatore, veal parmigiana, lasagna with meatballs, mostaccioli, rigatoni, ravioli, manicotti and spaghetti to name a few, but for us… it is all about the PiZZA!

Mama Petrillos pizza... it is about the crust selection.

Mama Petrillos offers three different crust selections when you order their pizza; thin, regular, and thick. We have tried all three and love them all, but believe me, all have a different taste. The thin pizza reminds us of the pizza we had in Italy, where the toppings and cheese were the main taste and burst with freshness, the regular adds more of a bread flavor, and the thick is bread, bread, and more bread, bursting with the goodness of warm Italian fresh baked bread! By the way, did I mention bread? This time we have decided to order the regular as a compromise between the two great tastes, which for us, makes the perfect equation for pizza Italiano!

After being guided to our table, our waiter brings us unlimited fresh baked bread and, even though it is totally an American tradition, offers us oil and vinegar mixture to dip it in. The bread is hot and steamy and, once you taste it, you know you could make a meal on the bread itself… the only thing stopping you is the knowledge of what is yet to come.

Mama Petrillos Anti-pasta salad... the Papa.

Next we will add to the meal the PaPa Antipasta salad.  This salad has the perfect combinations of meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, garbanzos, olives, and celery all tossed in a snappy Italian dressing that makes your taste buds burst in your mouth.  It is the perfect way to prepare for the main dish yet to come.

Mama Petrillos- it's all about the pizza!

Finally the pizza makes its appearance.  It is hot and inviting.  Mama Petrillos always uses fresh ingredients and it is totally evident.  We love the peperoni and sausage the best, but they offer everything from anchovies to olives to choose from.

Mama Petrillos love the sausage and peperoni.

Just take a bite of this fresh Mama Petrillos careful it is hot!

I hope you had fun!

I am going to be totally honest with you, we never have room for dessert when we go to Mama Petrillos… the pizza is the dessert itself.  But we always order extra so that we can take it home to have for breakfast the next day.  Don’t you just love cold pizza for breakfast?

Thanks for going on a date with us to Mama Petrillos. I hope you loved the pizza just like we did, and when you go again… make sure you invite us!

Mama Petrillos offers take out pizza too...just call in your order and pick up your pizza!
Mama Petrillos offers take out pizza too...just call in your order and pick up your pizza!


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    • cbarr81 profile image


      8 years ago from Richmond, VA

      great hub, your pizza looks delicious! thanks for the good read and mouth-watering pictures...yum!

      Please take a moment to follow me and review my hub in return, it's all about pizza menus, thanks!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Great information and useful for people around there.

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      8 years ago from California

      @SimoneSmith- The pizza at Mama Petrillos is unbelievable... just looking back over the pictures makes me want to head over and have pizza all over again! Glad you liked the dinner date!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow!! Mama Petrillo's Pizza looks like so much fun! And the food looks delicious too. I suppose that's the perfect mixture - good food and fun atmosphere!

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      8 years ago from California

      @Megavitamin- I promise, you will love Mama Petrillos Pizza... we make the drive because it is the BEST!

    • Megavitamin profile image


      8 years ago

      I'm so happy that you keep offering great advice about where to eat in SoCal! I've lived in LA for 2 years and yet to have great pizza. I will definitely check out one of these locations. Thanks!


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