photo illustration by Chris Rogers

photo illustration by Chris Rogers

by Anthony Eramya
photography by Chris Rogers

My fondest memories of soccer when I was a kid had nothing to do with practices or even the games. It was what came afterward: pizza. My pizza passion grew from soccer days and led me to my first job—at a pizzeria. My love for pizza has continued to grow since then.

I may not be an expert, but I’m happy to share my impressions of a few places in and around La Verne that offer some of the best pizza around.

Baby Bros Pizza & Wings is located at 125 Village Ct. in San Dimas, in the Foothill Village. They are open every day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. The restaurant also boasts a large collection of sports memorabilia.

Baby Bros Pizza & Wings is located at 125 Village Ct. in San Dimas, in the Foothill Village. They are open every day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. The restaurant also boasts a large collection of sports memorabilia.

Baby Bros Pizza

This is the place I wish my parents had taken me after youth soccer games.

My visit to Baby Bros Pizza, located at 125 Village Ct. in San Dimas, was an amazing experience as far as service and pizza went. The dimly lit interior is filled with Christmas lights, TVs and sports memorabilia. Seating is limited mainly to bar stools and red couches, which adds to the ambiance.

I paid $15 for Baby Bros’ smallest pizza, the medium 12” pizza, and only had to wait 15 minutes even though the place was packed.

The pizza arrived at my table steaming hot. The cup pepperonis were a surprise to me.

They were tasty, but a little too crispy. That’s my only complaint; everything else was phenomenal. Pulling off a slice of this pizza will just make your mouth water. It looks like how a pizza would look in a commercial. The sauce was so flavorful and savory. On my first bite I almost took all the cheese off the pizza with me. The crust was crunchy on the outside but doughy on the inside, which is exactly what you want from a pizza crust.

As far as pizza and ambiance goes, it does not get much better than Baby Bros.

Bagelry & Brew is located at 2095 Foothill Blvd. La Verne. They offer a large menu varying from pizza and beer to bagels and wine.

Bagelry & Brew is located at 2095 Foothill Blvd. La Verne. They offer a large menu varying from pizza and beer to bagels and wine.

Bagelry and Brew

Annie and Colleen Lorack are co-owners of Bagelry and Brew and they deliver a fine dining experience. “Colleen and I come from working at Ruth’s Chris Steak House,” Annie says. “We decided to deliver that fine dining service to a more fast food experience.”

I visited Bagelry and Brew at 2095 Foothill Blvd. in La Verne to try their pizza. It is kind of weird to buy pizza from a place known for their coffee and bagels, but if you look closely, you can see in small font “and pizza” included in their logo.

A small pizza is available for $12.99. They also have a mini option for $9, which is slightly cheaper than the average cost of the minis at the other places visited. Other benefits of Bagelry and Brew included the drive-through feature, which, to my knowledge, is not available elsewhere in the area, and the speed of service. I got my pizza in 12 minutes, and I’d arrived just as they were about to close.

As far as pizza goes, they had the best crust of all. I had a really nice cheese pull on my first bite. The pepperonis were a little bland, but all things considered this was a good pizza.

A neighborhood institution, Warehouse Pizza has been located in the heart of downtown La Verne since 1972. It is open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. / photo by Chris Rogers

A neighborhood institution, Warehouse Pizza has been located in the heart of downtown La Verne since 1972. It is open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Warehouse Pizza

Warehouse Pizza is a staple pizza place in the La Verne area.

Located at 2340 D Street, it is the only pizza place located in Old Town. When you walk into Warehouse all you see are local La Verne families, workers and students. It is hard to talk about pizza with anyone in the La Verne area without hearing about Warehouse Pizza.

Warehouse’s pizza is piping hot when you receive it. The crust made me realize how a good crust can change an entire pizza. The cheese pulls off the pizza nicely, and the pepperonis had a crispy char.

The ambiance is also iconic, with its old-school arcade games and pictures on the walls. The two standouts to me are the retro Pac-Man machine and the big red car above all the arcade games. The checkered floor also gives it this old-school diner feel.

A small pizza costs $13.47, but they have a mini option for $9. I waited roughly 16 minutes to get my pizza but it was worth the wait.

Red Devil Pizza

Movie posters on the walls and heat from their pizza oven give Red Devil’s restaurant at 1465 Foothill Blvd. a sit-down vibe. I want to eat my pizza here. Red Devil’s hostess greeted me with a smile as soon as I walked in. She took my order and got me seated quickly. My pizza arrived in 10 minutes, which was much quicker than the 15-20 minutes I was told to expect.

“You don’t just come for the pizza, you come for the smiles as well,” says Red Devil manager Thomas Kniffin. “I grew up eating Red Devil, and I’ve been a manager here for the last 17 years. I owe a lot of that to (owner) Joey Monaco. Joey’s the best, and it’s all a snowball effect. A good owner leads to good managers; good managers lead to a good staff; a good staff leads to happy customers.”

All of their ingredients are fresh. “We never have leftover toppings for the next day because everything is cut and made to order,” Kniffin says.

Red Devil had a thicker crust than the other places I visited. The pizza was not greasy at all and had a lot of flavor. The pepperonis had a burnt taste, which actually went well with the strong flavors in the sauce.

When my pizza arrived, it was super hot, and all the ingredients were blended to perfection. Kniffin made it clear that all of this is intentional at Red Devil.

For over two decades, Red Devil Pizza has served La Verne and the surrounding areas. This family-owned and operated company is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For over two decades, Red Devil Pizza has served La Verne and the surrounding areas. This family-owned and operated company is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Whether you are a kid craving a slice of pepperoni after soccer practice, or a family looking for a relaxing place to enjoy some pizza at the end of the week, the La Verne area offers some great options.

Anthony Eramya

Anthony Eramya is a junior journalism major at the University of La Verne.

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Chris Rogers is a junior photography major with a minor in art history. He is a staff photographer for the Campus Times and chief photographer of La Verne Magazine. He is also a freelance photographer and movie stills photographer. He discovered his love for photography at a young age as he and his family traveled the world in their goal to reach all seven continents. They were fortunate to reach their seventh continent in the winter of 2019. He have a deep love for photography and loves being able to tell an entire story through one still image at a time. His work can be found at ChrisRogersPhotography.com.