San Jose >Kukar's House Of Pizza
Memory Lane. I went to SJS (before the U) and graduated in '71. We lived in the SJ area after college, but moved to the east coast in '93. This is a new location, but our friends tell us it is the same pizza. We STILL DREAM of House of Pizza! Let's go to the HOP!
House of Pizza. I grew up near the house of pizza. And we had their pizza very often. I love it. To most it brings back memories of the days gone by. I can honestly say I have never seen any other pizza like it. If you eat your pizza with utensils & only eat flat pepperoni this is definitely not the place for you. But if you like chunky spicy pepperoni and plenty of sauce and cheese with an old school atmosphere you got to come have one. It’s a place where old friends meet with cold beer and hot pizza to reminisce & catch up. Located downtown off Almaden between San Carlos and the 280. House of Pizza you either like it or you don’t but you won’t know until you try it.
Grab a table the line can get slow. Worth the wait.. Most people seem to know this place from the old Downtown SJ days.. Always seemed to be OK people to me. People are people . Old San Jose original Pizza.. (May have HIspanics, number of Whites, Pacific Islanders, Persian, Egyptian, Japanese, African, Dominican, American mix crowd). (Kids are allowed to be kids). (People are not too worried about you.) (The crust was good).
Possibly the worst pizza I've eaten in the bay area, but there are many other reasons to avoid this place..
If this is the best pizza in San Jose, there is something seriously wrong with this place. The crust was that of a frozen pizza and I cannot stress this enough. Not to be outdone, it was as if the cheese, sauce and pepperoni were all competing with the crust on which individual contribution were most detrimental to the pizza as a whole, ending in a melee of mediocrity that left me feeling sad.
The pizza was bad, the atmosphere was worse. This was largely an uneducated and crass crowd with an obvious criminal element as well. There was a bar filled with career alcoholics that seemed transplanted from the seediest of San Jose dive bars. Accentuating this scene were a number of bikers boisterously, if not obnoxiously, recounting some of their more colorful life experiences, including "We Kicked that Guy in the Face," and "I Totally Banged that Chick." Seeing the many children running around made me feel as though I must have been the subject of a practical joke. Why would anyone bring their children here?!
The whole experience was bad.
Best place for pizza and good drinks.
Pizza's great and so are the drinks, the good thing about this place is that as long as I can remember
it hasn't changed , and the same Good taste stay's there with every order..
Pizza, if only it was good enough to call it that!. I was expecting a lot after reading the reviews online. Unfortunately, I was let down when we ate the pizza during our NFL football watching. The pizza was ok at best. The crust was soggy and too soft. There was too much cheese. The pizza was better than a chain but not by much. You have been warned.
Good Pizza, mediocore atmosphere. I went to this place based on the excellent reviews. I was suprised by the limited selection of toppings that were available. After waiting in line to order for 5 minutes, my wife and I ordered a medium five topping pizza for $18.99 and took a seat. It took a while to find a seat that wasn't sorrounded with trash on the floor. After about 20 minutes, we got our pizza. The pizza had a nice flaky crust and spicy pepporoni. The pizza was very flavorful, though I have had better pizzas in other places. I couldn't find anything notable about the cheese or ingredients to say that it was better than the chain pizza places. The atmosphere was unique with all the artifacts and probably a good place to take kids, but I don't think I will return. I think I was expecting more from this place, because it was rated so highly.
Old School memories live on forever.. Back in the day,Sounds like a Tower of Power song eh? My Big bro in law and my Sis took me there for my first square of grease relief that has stayed with fo over 25 awesome years.Rememberig back to that fateful 21st birthday,always brings back fond memories.The staff are the greatest.Family owned and operated.They are always there to greet you wiyh a smile and ask how the familys doing.Was a great loss when senior left this earth,But George junior carrys on the Family Tradition...Georges special one of the greatest. Bob the bartender was a great guy also.May he rest in peace. What ever happened to Yoshi??? Any body know? Dont forget to play some of the 45,s that they have in the jukebox.Oh ya,did I say old school? Yes I did. Now go and re-live some of those memories..
The very best around.....
My first visit was 1970 and we've been their biggest fans ever since. The style has not changed in all those years, though the location has. As much as I miss the old place, it was too crowded and parking was near impossible, so despite the petitions everyone signed to save the old place, it's current location was for the better. My kids have loved this place since they were old enough to eat solid food, and now my grandkids are old enough to enjoy it as well. Three generations of gastronomic delight! We almost always order the confusion, but any combo is great. The edge pieces are crispy goodness and the center cuts are heavenly prime juiciness - two great styles in one pizza.
The atmosphere is relaxing, fun, informal, and you never feel as though you have to tell the kids to quiet down. The bar is fully stocked and they mix their drinks liberally. Cocktail prices are not cheap but you do get your money's worth.
The pizza is best enjoyed when eaten hot & fresh as served. Even after it cools down for a couple hours, it's still great. Leftovers out of the fridge at home the next day are still good but just not the same. Besides the usual microwave treatment, I've tried warming in the oven, warming in an iron skillet (covered and uncovered), frying in a little EVOO and/or butter, steamed, or just eaten cold. Any other ideas? I may try deep frying it some day but that seems a little extreme.
With the passing of George a few years ago (I think it was 2004), the Kukar family is doing a wonderful job of maintaining a great institution. Long live the House of Pizza!
Editorial Review by Christy Buena. Specializing in sandwiches, stromboli, subs, Italian dishes, salads and gyros at affordable prices in a family-friendly atmosphere.
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