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“Fun for children; great for adults”

Kiantis Pizza & Pasta Bar
Ranked #37 of 374 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Easily the most popular place for dinner in downtown Santa Cruz, it doesn't matter what time you come here. It will be crowded, lively and fun. Wait times are short and absolutely worth it. Kiantis has the best pizza in town, but the calzones are even more astonishing. My nephew loved seeing the flat screen t.v. in the bar area tuned to the FIFA World Cup. We asked for a table facing the screen and were immediately seated at the first table. The staff is quick and friendly. Several children near us were given dough balls to play with while waiting for their food. They had fun making pizza crusts and trying to throw them into the air, making snowmen with the dough, etc. Several wedding groups were at the restaurant in addition to birthday parties and tourist groups. Everyone loves Kiantis. The draw on the weekend is watching the award winning World Pizza Champion Acrobat Justin Wadstein throwing his pizzas. The kitchen is open-air and you will see the chefs spinning and throwing the pizza dough in the air. Everything about this place is fun and delicious. Our #1 choice for dinner in Santa Cruz.

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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Since I live in an area with alot of great pizza, I am pretty spoiled. Kiantis Pizza was good pizza, I had some local beer which was incredible. The wait was not long and the waitress was very attentive and friendly. I must say the highlight was the staff breaking out into son and dance, as well as a person tossing pizza dough. Was not expected and was very entertained. Apparently they do this twice a night on Fridays and Saturdays. Highly recommend if you are visiting from out of town and would like some cool entertainment, check it out. The performance only lasted a few minutes so it was just enough to want you asking for more. It made the place special.

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Reviewed February 9, 2012

I'm pretty into atmosphere so this place didn't impress me much. I'm not sure if it's a chain, but it sure felt like one. Italian to me says romance and elegance, but this place was just too kitschy for me; however, they have some decent happy hour deals, such as half-priced apps and $4 wine. Can't complain there. The saute was tasty, if a bit rich, but it was a nice change to go pastaless at a pasta place.

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Located on the Pacific Ave. Good pizza and good music. Not too pricey so it is popular with the student population.

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

The service is always friendly, the food tastes good, and they have an open-air patio right along the outdoor mall, so people-watching is easy. There are indoor table too. Great selection of beers on tap. The waiters do a cheesy dance once a night with props which I don't really care for, but it does get people smiling!

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