Pizzana in Sherman Oaks is a solid upscale alternative to MidiCi Pizza down the street, with some caveats.

When I met Leanne at Pizzana for a pre New Years friendship lunch, I was excited. I hadn’t had pizza since Bacetti Trattoria, which had been phenomenal. So, as we settled into our seats, I admit that I had high standards.

Browsing the menu, I was impressed. The pizzas all looked delicious. I asked the waiter if we could order the CACIO E PEPE (provoloncino d’agerola, fior di latte, parmigiano crema, cracked black pepper) and add sausage to it. He paused, said he would check and disappeared. When he returned, he reported that we could order it. But, the cooked sausage would be served on separate from the pizza, in its own plate. I would need to put the sausage pieces on the $23 pizza myself.

It was a moment.

Amused, I asked why.

The response? Because “the pizzas are chef’s creations and they frown upon having their flavors changed”.

So, I want to say – Pizzana will offer to cook sausage and give it to you in a bowl and won’t physically add them to the pizza. Yet, you can order norcia truffles to any pizza at market price. Truffles change the flavor of pizza more than sausage. Plus, there is no where on the menu that says you cannot substitute or add options.

How – interesting. I just wanted meat added to a cheese pizza. But, it’s not that serious.

We settled on the CHOP SALAD (kale, green leaf lettuce, frisee, cucumber, chickpea, avocado, gaeta olive, salami, provolone d’agerola, calabrian Chile vinaigrette) and the VODKA PIZZA (housemade vodka sauce, smoked fior di latte, smoked coppa, salsa verde, calabrian chile, organo, pecorino).

What I liked about the design of the tables at Pizzana is that there is a specific hole in the table to insert their elevated pizza serving dish. The design of the serving arm allows diners to move the pizza over the table or out of the way.

Now, I will say that the vodka pizza at Pizzana is delicious. The crust to pizza ratio was great. The flavor profile was high quality and everything went together rather well. Overall, we had a great time, celebrating another year of friendship, biking, hiking and adventures.

However, being told that I would need to add sausage to a cheese pizza myself, as the cook wouldn’t be bothered, makes me roll my eyes at the idea of going back anytime soon.

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13826 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California 91423
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