Review: Ecco Pizza Shoppe – Anaheim CA
During four trips to Anaheim over 3 years, I discovered that the town offers very little interesting dining options, at least in the Disney area. You can get a good-to-excellent but pricey meal at almost any Disney restaurant (which you can enter without going into the park), but the rest of that part of town is a dreary assortment of chains and fast food.
On my first two visits, I couldn’t find one pizza place worth trying. On my third visit, I found a terrific Neapolitan pizza at La Brea Bakery Cafe right in Downtown Disney. On this visit, I traveled two miles away from the Convention Center area to visit Ecco Pizza Shoppe.
Ecco joins the growing number of small regional and national chains that offer reasonably authentic “fast-casual” build-your-own Neapolitan pizzas. It may be premature to call Ecco a chain, because there are just two locations now (Anaheim and Costa Mesa) with one coming in Irvine.
|The courtyard at Anaheim Packing House|
Other pizzeria chains in this “Chipotle of Pizza” market include:
- 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Express
- Blaze Pizza (200+ locations with one soon in Anaheim)
- MOD Pizza (200+ locations in US and UK)
- ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Fired Pizza (Arkansas)
- Snap Custom Pizza (6 Philly area locations)
- Sauce Pizza and Wine (15 locations in AZ and NM)
- MidiCi (250 locations in development)
- Pieology (100+ locations)
- PizzaRev (about 50 locations)
|Inside the Packing House|
I’ve enjoyed these Neapolitans at MOD, ZAZA, Snap, and Sauce; they ranged from good to very good. None are quite the real deal, but all are miles …read more
Source:: Pizza Quixote