Walking into The Original Pizza Cookery the environment is loud and filled with customers sitting around waiting to get in. Children play at the arcade games while waiting to be seated.
Soft warm fresh made pizza bread rolls are placed in front of you at your table. The flavorful rolls have a dab of mozzarella cheese sprinkled with garlic salt in the middle.
The service is nice and friendly and the waitresses are attentive; constantly asking if there is anything more they can do.
The ambiance is homey, with sawdust on the floor, wooden tables, chairs and booths. The room contains many “climbing Jerusalem” plants hanging from the stucco ceiling that is covered with playing cards.
The walls are painted a forest green and are covered with wood paneling. There are pictures of food and old drive-in movie theaters, which are out lined in blinking pin lights.
The restaurant specializes in pizzas and gives customers family style food with large portions. There are private spacious booths and it has a casual family celebration type atmosphere.
The pepperoni pizza has thin crunchy crust and the cheese is oily. It has the New York style that Californian’s don’t usually have the option of tasting.
Their famous antipasto salad blends together perfectly, with the combination of crispy romaine lettuce, mozzarella and provolone cheese, Cotto salami, Mortadella, pepperoni, pepperoncinis, garbanzo beans, red onions, fresh tomatoes and just the light dab of red vinegar dressing that comes on the side.
The restaurant also offers a gluten-free selection of most of the menu options, which includes gluten-free pizzas, pastas, desserts, sandwiches, salads and drinks.
The Original Pizza Cookery was founded by Jordan Klempner in 1975 and was designed to seem like the inside of a home.
There is only one location 2 miles from Pierce College, which is located at Woodland Hills at 6209 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818-887-4770).