La Jolla's Pizza Pronto adds a California twist

Sam Qadiri owns Pizza Pronto.   Photo: Dave Schwab
Sam Qadiri owns Pizza Pronto. Photo: Dave Schwab

Pizza Pronto offers a unique blend of the familiar and unfamiliar, billing itself as traditional Italian with a California twist.

“We’ve been here nine years now,” said owner Sam Qadiri about his family-owned La Jolla restaurant at 7556 Fay Ave. in Sycamore Court.

The restaurant, which just completed an indoor remodel, also offers outdoor patio dining on the food court.

There are a number of diverse offerings on the eatery’s menu.

“We have vegetarian food, kabobs, chicken and beef wraps,” said Qadiri, “We have pastas, salads, sandwiches and imported basmati rice not found in a lot of other restaurants in La Jolla.”

Qadiri said basmanti is special in that it’s long-grain, organic and comes all the way from Afghanistan.

“We cook the rice in a different way that makes it healthier,” he said, adding he uses all homemade sauces along with the freshest, all-natural toppings. One menu favorite is pesto pizza with chicken and fresh onions and tomatoes.

“We make everything from scratch, all the soups, all the pizza dough, all the sauces, we make it daily,” Qadiri said.

Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pizza Pronto’s owner describes their prices as reasonable.

“Our large, 16-inch pizzas are under $16,” said Qadiri. “Pastas are all under $10 and salads are under $8. We have a daily special: One sandwich, a drink and a salad for $5.99.”

[gallery columns="2"]Qadiri said Pizza Pronto also caters, providing food to local schools like Gillispie, Bird Rock Elementary and Children’s School.

Patrons can order food online at the restaurant’s website at


Pizza Pronto also delivers in the La Jolla, north Pacific Beach and UTC areas.

“Our delivery is under 45 minutes always,” said Qadiri.

For more information call (858) 459-9000.



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