According to the results of a nationwide tour testing standout pizza in all 50 states, the Zagat Survey, the national restaurant guide book, has pronounced Pizza My Heart (multiple locations) as the best pizza in all of California.
Here's what the review said about Pizza My Heart (in particular, the Watsonville Apple Pizza):
"Ironically, Pizza My Heart owner said this pizza with apple on top of it started with their company’s deep desire to put bacon on a pizza. 'Who hasn’t seen the classic pig with an apple in its mouth?' asks Hammer.
More importantly, the salty-sweet combo just works. In addition to the bacon and fruit, Hammer’s team added spicy pepperoni to the mix to make it loud and clear that this was still a pizza. The gorgonzola added at the end rounds everything off with a creamy finish. In-the-know tip: you can custom-order nitrate-free bacon for your pie."
Pizza My Heart co-founders Keith Holtaway and Fred Poulos opened the first restaurant in May of 1981 in Capitola Village and sold the business to Chuck Hammers in October of 1997.
Locally, there are Pizza My Heart restaurants located at:
831 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
140 E. Fourth Street, San Mateo
235 Primrose Road, Burlingame
220 University Avenue in Palo Alto
1037 El Monte, Mountain View
9 N Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos
20530 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
1875 S Bascom Ave., Campbell
1116 Pacific Ave # B, Santa Cruz
850 El Paseo de Saratoga, Saratoga,
110 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
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