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.