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Legends Pizza Co. replaces Palo Alto Pizza Co.

Uploaded: Dec 3, 2019
There's a new sign outside and new ownership in place, but otherwise things are largely the same at the former Palo Alto Pizza Co. at 2450 Park Blvd. in Palo Alto.

The restaurant, just off California Avenue, is now an outpost of Legends Pizza Co. The owners of Legends Pizza, with locations in San Jose and Cupertino, were partners with the owners of Palo Alto Pizza Co. and recently bought them out, an employee said.


Inside what is now Legends Pizza Co. in Palo Alto. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Twin brothers Chris and Scott Hong opened Palo Alto Pizza Co. in 2012. A friend from high school, Nick Minarik, owned Legends Pizza in San Jose, where Chris worked for a year before convincing his brother and Minarik to open Palo Alto Pizza Co., according to this Palo Alto Weekly article. Minarik became co-owner and gave the brothers a few Legends recipes. Legends makes its pizza dough fresh daily from sourdough, according to the restaurant website.

The newly opened Legends in Palo Alto serves more than 20 pizzas, or customers can create their own by choosing a crust (thick, thin or gluten free), sauce and toppings. A small pizza with no extra toppings costs $13.99; a medium, $19.99; and large, $24.99. Best-selling pizzas include "The Legend" with pepperoni, sweet red onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms and Italian sausage (which appears to have been named "The Cardinal" on the Palo Alto Pizza Co. menu) and the chicken bruschetta, thin crust pizza with a creamy garlic sauce, garlic chicken, marinated Roma tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese.

Like Palo Alto Pizza Co., Legends also serves breadsticks, wings and salads.

The Palo Alto pizzeria also offers a lunch special: a slice of pizza, small salad and soda or two slices and a soda for $9.99.

Legends Pizza Co. is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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 +   3 people like this
Posted by Dave S., a resident of another community,
on Dec 3, 2019 at 8:50 am

Dave S. is a registered user.

I checked their menu,and I don't see vegan options - not sure if crust is vegan, but there's no option for vegan cheese. I wish more pizza places would provide more choices for vegans.


 +   28 people like this
Posted by Bob, a resident of Blossom Valley,
on Dec 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm

They want to stay in business so yes, no vegan cheese.


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Ryan, a resident of Barron Park,
on Dec 3, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Can't wait to try it. Not sure why an extra option would run them out of business in a city known for acceptance and diversity. Does the cheese stink that bad?


 +   6 people like this
Posted by food nerd, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

@Ryan,
Vegan cheese is horrible. I say this as someone who WANTS to move to vegan cheese. I'd be happy with just vegetarian cheese (no rennet). The only halfway decent brand of vegan cheese is Kite Hill but only the cream cheese and soft brie-like cheese are sort of comparable.

I can't see serving vegan cheese at a pizza place. Vegans: order something without cheese. It is possible to get decent cheeseless pizza.


 +   4 people like this
Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown North,
12 hours ago

Why do Americans love cheese so much? The pizza we had in Italy has little or no cheese.


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Posted by Cheese is dairy, a resident of Downtown North,
42 minutes ago

"vegan cheese" is an oxymoron. Cheese is a dairy product. Period. An artificial vegan concoction is not cheese. Just like almond milk is not milk. Do not expect pizzerias to have much in the way of "vegan" options. In fact how can a vegan even eat at a pizzeria since everything is "contaminated" with meat and dairy products.



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