American Pizza Mfg. Makes La Jolla DebutEat + Drink New pizza and pasta concept serves up fresh, hand-assembled, bake-at-home meals
American Pizza Mfg. (APM), a new San Diego-based restaurant concept that elevates the dining-in experience with fresh, handmade pizzas, pastas and more, all made to bake-at-home in mere minutes, provides today’s busy families homemade quality meals and bites that require no prep, little planning and a respite from cooking or standard take out.
Born in SD
APM is the brainchild of local entrepreneur, Andrew Melone, who has long appreciated the convenience and quality of a bake-at-home concept focused on flavor, freshness, ease, and making the art of gathering at-home for family meals a stress-free and more delicious habit.
At APM, a carefully crafted menu of signature pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts is made to order using fresh, quality ingredients such as hand-grated whole milk mozzarella, spicy fennel-infused pepperoni, homemade ruby red sauce, house-made Bolognese, handmade pasta and much more.
Each dish is assembled and prepped by hand – never frozen – and ready to take for baking at home with specific instructions – an average of 10-15 minutes – for a delicious finish, every time.
Have fun building your own pizza!
APM’s menu features a custom build-your-own pizza menu alongside seven signature options – all available in 12″ or 14″ sizes – including:
The Edsel, topped with EVOO, mozzarella, and an earthy mixture of wild mushrooms finished with roasted garlic and a truffle oil drizzle.
The Levi, made with grilled chicken tossed in a honey-based BBQ sauce, sweet caramelized onion, asiago cheese, and fresh-cut sage.
The Cutie Pie is a one-topping mini 10″ cheese pizza for the kids and the Cutie Pie Kit features the makings for the five DIY mini pizzas, perfect for parties or special at-home celebrations.
Pizzas are available on your choice of a simple, four-ingredient regular wheat, gluten-free or Cali-flour crust with a base of homemade ruby red tomato sauce or extra virgin olive oil.
Pasta and salad are in the house, too!
On the simple house-made pasta menu, a classic Lasagna 101 feeds four with homemade Bolognese and a ricotta and mozzarella blend layered on sheets of light, pillowy pasta and the Mack N’ Cheese is a family staple made with oversized elbow basta, gruyere, sharp cheddar, smoked paprika and zesty breadcrumbs.
Four fresh salad options make a light, always fresh accompaniment or personal main course and a homestyle, 10″ scratch-made, bake-at-home Giant Cookie – loaded with chocolate chips – tops the dessert menu with a rotating selection of ice cream pints carefully hand-dipped for APM by Encinitas-based Jojo’s Creamery. Seasonal pizza and pasta menus will also be available throughout the year.
Industrial, vintage style
APM sits three blocks from the beach on La Jolla Blvd in a 1,700 square foot space newly-designed with an eye for 1930s-1950s classic American industrial style. Hand-painted murals adorn the walls and floors, vintage industrial lighting illuminates the space and a mix of natural woods, concrete and steel all lend to the warm but unmistakably industrial aesthetic.
A giant bright red mixer, dubbed Big Red, commands the space where guests can watch the APM crew at work and a roll-up takeout window makes cash-less pick up easy, safe and convenient. Ordering is made simple by phone, online or in-person with a signature, one-touch APM app in development for a future launch. Local La Jolla delivery will also be available soon via a Tesla-powered 1964 Ford pick-up, affectionately dubbed “The Old Man” by Melone and the APM crew.
Stay healthy, San Diego!