Santa Barbara favorite Ca Dario's has at last opened its pizzeria a few doors down and it's delicious. It opened mid December and I had heard multiple opinions about it (not all good...). I ventured in to find out what it was like for myself. I found a small space with few tables and a bar backed with loads of bottles of wine. The small kitchen with the intensely hot pizza oven is squished in the corner. A simple, straightforward menu was presented to us and I found it hard to choose what to order. On top of it, the prices were quite reasonable!
Each dish was made from extremely fresh ingredients. The tomato sauce is super tomato-y and all ingredients, for that matter, taste strongly as they should. The simplicity is quite welcome and ever so the Italian way - fantastic ingredients paired perfectly. The Prosciutto Cotto pizza seen above with mushrooms, mozzarella, and fresh oregano was delicious. The dough is full of flavor and very thin.
The mozzarella, roasted eggplant, and tomato sauce appetizer is wonderful in its simplicity. Once again simply high quality ingredients treated with the respect they deserve.
And the pizza I will now be craving - the Napoletana - made with white anchovies. AMAZING. It is extremely simple, yes, but done perfectly to my palate's desires. Fresh, flavorful dough and tomato sauce. Bright capers and marinated white anchovies all in one bite equal a very satisfying pizza indeed.
Go for it! Try it out! It's a different pizza experience than the other delicious Italian pizza spot in SB so give it a chance and enjoy! Buon appetito!
Address: 37 East Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hours: Thursday hours 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm