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Dining Out: Pizza of Venice has the right perspective

Experimentation blends with camaraderie at Altadena's Pizza of Venice.

February 17, 2014|By Lisa Dupuy

Not full yet, we opted for the Braised Lamb Pizza ($12) and Buffalo Brussels Sprouts ($8). Wow and wow. Bites of tender lamb that have been simmered and reduced and simmered again for hours play well with their Mediterranean pie-mates: mozzarella, tabbouleh and tzatziki. My friend fell in love with the Brussels sprouts, as did I. Raw sprouts are deep-fried in peanut oil then tossed in a sticky, addictive Korean sauce including (but not limited to) Sriracha. They look like meatballs but the hot, firm orbs are way more interesting. The Belgian Fries with garlic aioli are also great for sharing.

To quench your thirst, there is a fresh-squeezed citrus-ade du jour such as tangerine-limeade. The fruit comes from a secret farm in the neighborhood and may or may not be available on any given day. The same is true of favorite dishes. On the other hand, there may be unexpected additions to the menu. The night we were there, a sushi chef colleague popped in to offer a tight menu of fresh rolls to P.O.V.'s enthusiastic patrons.

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Though the pizzas might be pricier than most, there is no corkage fee for bottles brought from home or from the nearby liquor store. Parking is easy and free. Everything is available for take-out, but on a busy Friday or Saturday night, Pizza of Venice is the place to be.

What: Pizza of Venice

Where: 2545 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena

When: Tuesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Prices: starters, $6 to $8; salads $8 to $15; pizzas, $7 to $20

More info: (626) 765-9636, pizzaofvenice.com

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LISA DUPUY has reviewed over 200 area restaurants. She welcomes comments at LDupuy@aol.com.

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