Paolo's Pizza is one of those wonderful hole-in-the-wall restaurants that remain in business due to two simple factors: word of mouth and excellent food.
Owner Tony Hauser has operated from the same location since 1979, and is usually behind the counter himself. However, if you visit on his day off, you will still be able to see the owner--the walls are covered with autographed photos of Hauser sitting with various Dodger team members.
In this tiny, six-table eatery you'll find what may be Orange County's best pizza. Its plainest version, the simple cheese variety (true test of any pizza), tastes fresh, the rich tomato sauce huddled close in gentle swirls of cheese. One light and tangy mouthful and you feel like you're floating on the pizza's very aroma.
You can buy pizza whole or by the slice. But keep in mind, these slices are huge--two will hang noticeably over the sides of your plate. A large cheese pie is $11.95, with one topping (such as pepperoni, meatball or salami) added for an extra $1.