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5003 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2035
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Ranked #41 of 61 Restaurants in Carpinteria
Sun 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Pizza
Most recent review
- Aug 2, 2014
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Crust is thick, undercooked, and doughy. Cheese tastes worse than dominos and the sauce is very bland. Even the pepperonis tasted cheap. I haven't eaten at the rest of the pizza joints in Carp, but they won't have to be very good to be better than Giovanni's.

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so cal
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have been eating here for over 20 years. The pizza is really good. Not the best you will have in your life and pretty greasy but really good. Their family salad is SOOOOOO good. In part due to the house made dressings. The ranch is to die for and the Italian is so flavorful. Mixing them is perfect. We... More

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Mill Valley, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is the kind of place that's fun to remember. Good food. Friendly service. Lots of room for families - kids could run around in here and not disturb anyone. All in all, a very pleasant, throwback kind of experience, only with better food.

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Stopped in for some italian food & pizza. You order your food at the front when you go in. Somene did bring our order to us outside when it was done. Not sure if there was full service or not. Food was just ok, pizza, well not like NY! Not a bad quick stop if you want simple in &... More

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B. C.
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Nothing special, just friendly staff, good service, reasonably priced beer, pizza the way you want it. You were looking for dancing girls?

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California, USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

There were 9 of us, and we shared 2 XL pizzas and 2 family salads. All was good. The pizza crust was especially tasty. The tables all needed to be wiped down when we went in. The food came quickly, though you do have to pick it up from the counter yourself.

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Shanghai, China
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Went here for lunch on Aug 3, 2013. I was not impressed. I had been told the pizza was incredible. It was OK and certainly not bad... but really nothing to write home about. just average pizza in my opinion.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Did not actually eat their food because I called for a to go order and was put on hold for ten minutes before I hung up (9 minutes and 54 seconds according to my phone). I called back and was immediately placed on hold. Again waited for long period of time before hanging up. Decided they didn't want my business.

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Fresno, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I believe it was 17.99 for a 2 topping pizza, they had air fresco seating as well as bistro seating inside. Campers nearby, so call in your order first.

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Santa Cruz
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71 reviews 71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Stopped here for lunch without reading the Tripadvisor reviews....definitely a NO NO! Although the sandwiches we ordered were good, the atmosphere was contaminated by a very ill homeless person which we didn't notice as you order your food before proceeding the to the sit down area. Although we moved outside with our sandwiches as soon as they arrived, unfortunately it... More

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