Greco's Pizza in Thousand Oaks - hidden real Italian
Greco's Pizza, hidden in a corner of the food court area of Janss Mall in Thousand Oaks near the movie theater, is best known for its monster slices of pizza, but they have more to offer.
The people who run the place are Italians from Italy and they offer homemade food like gnocchi and lasagna in addition to the grab-n-go pizza slabs. They made me a gnocchi marinara last night that was really a nice surprise ($12.95, enough for several people) and they serve beer, wine and some very good espresso drinks, too.
It is a pretty simple place - order at the counter, big screen TV with the game on in the back - but they truly seem to care about food and really light up if you order anything other than the pizza. It seems to be a bit of a stopover for Italians in the area and the owners and clientele can be heard discussing Italian politics half in English, half in Italian, with great brio.
They sell Italian staples like cannoli shells, ladyfingers and coffees.
I'll definitely go back with some friends so I can try more of their food.
Thanks so much for the rec! We were headed that way on Friday lunchtime and gave it a shot: very satisfying indeed. Mrs. R’s hot meatball sub ($6.95) featured great soft bread crisped up perfectly and pleasantly pillowy, deeply flavored large meatballs (and a little side of rigatoni marinara to boot). The rendition’s still second to our (everyone’s?) area favorite at Cavaretta’s in Canoga Park, but far outstrips everything else we’ve tried in the Conejo Valley (including Sub Contractor, Café Topanga, and the execrable Papa John’s).
I ordered the Linguine w/ Clams ($12.95) and was treated to a generous serving of—not linguine on this day, but spaghetti, but all right—lightly coated in an impressively clammy white wine/olive oil sauce (good garlic punch there but not too-) and featuring exactly two dozen (I counted) clamshells, the sweet meats inside which had been cooked just right. Throw in a couple of Birra Morettis at $3.50 a pop and it made for one heck of a lunch for a place that shares a corner of the mall with Burger King and, coming soon, Subway.
Again, many thanks. This is just that kind of place which I could, and indeed did, overlook for years without some trustworthy prodding.