Oxnard pizza restaurant
DH and I visited Settebello in The Collection mall in Oxnard. They opened in October 2013. They serve authentic Napolitan pizza using high-quality imported and carefully-sourced domestic ingredients, and it shows. The wine list includes Italian and American wines that are interesting, uncommon and, IMO, well-priced. There is a happy hour ending at 6:00 p.m. (Not sure when it begins.) Fresh salads, salumi plates (properly sliced paper-thin on a magnificent $7,000 hand-cranked bright red slicer), interesting antipasti and excellent desserts. It's beautiful to look at and comfortable with a large triangular bar, small tables and booths. But it is the blister-crusted pizza out of the Italian wood-fired oven that is the standout. (The same oven in Eataly NYC.) Perfectly balanced with a thin crust and just the right amount of toppings. Go there.
I've been to the Settebello in Pasadena and it was quite good. Got strong-armed into it by WildSwede, after I'd made a big deal out of judging a pizza's goodness by how good it was cold for breakfast the next day. The Settebello pizza makes no bones about the fact that you really need to eat it straight from the oven, and on that basis it is truly splendid.
Oxnard, eh? I knew about Vegas and Pasadena; I wonder how many they've opened now. May they prosper – they deserve it!