Pizza has a new home in Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara Pizza House, the idea of entrepreneur Erin Khodabandehlou, is the talk of the town, with its deep dish Chicago-style pizza and Neapolitan thin crust pizza.
All the pizzas are named after local streets.
Try the Anacapa. Trust me.
“We make great, amazing pizza,” Khodabandehlou told Noozhawk. “We make our dough in house. Our sauce is made in house. Everything is fresh.”
The Santa Barbara Pizza House, 515 State St., opened a couple of weeks ago at the site of the former Patxi’s Pizza.
Khodabandehlou served as Patxi’s previous general manager, and decided to open the new restaurant to fulfill one of her dreams.
She went through the acclaimed culinary department at Santa Barbara City College, and took business management classes at Cal State University, Northridge.
She grew up in Santa Barbara and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. She has two adult children now in college and the restaurant business is her passion
Many of the recipes are hers, and she named the dishes.
There’s the De la Vina, with mozzarella, mushrooms, green pepper, red onion and olives.
The Mission Street has mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, salami, Italian sausage and chorizo.
The Anacapa comes with mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, mushroom, olives, bell pepper and white onions.
Everything is made in-house daily.
“We don’t even have a freezer,” Khodabandehlou said.
The restaurant has art-for-sale on the wall, and along with the pizza, people can order sandwiches and salads.
“We’re keeping it local,” she said. “The people who work here, I am trying to buy as much local ingredients from the Farmer’s Market. We’re keeping it fresh.”
The beer and wine license is on the way in the next few weeks.
Pascucci Celebrates 30-year anniversary in November
A few doors down, Pascucci is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a 30% off its top-selling items for 30 days.
“We hit our 30-year milestone this year and celebrated back in March, but Santa Barbara had so much needed rain, we decided to round out our 1993-2023 years in business with a second celebration during these beautiful sunny November days,” said owner Laura Knight.
The deal applies to lunch and dinner, Monday through Thursday, through the end of November.
Pascucci is at 509 State St.
Renaud’s Expands Hours
They might have the best pastries in town. Renaud’s Patisserie, the breakfast and lunch spot, is staying open longer in Montecito.
“Now open at night! Wine Tasting, Small Bites. Fridays and Saturdays in Montecito. 4 p.m.-9 p.m.. Reservations are encouraged as limited seating is available,” the company posted on Instagram.
Renaud’s is at 1187 Coast Village Road.
Hotel Bed Tax Update
Transient Occupancy Taxes were $3.3 million for the month of September, about 3% above the projected budget.
Overall for the city’s fiscal year, hotel bed tax revenues are down by 5.4%.
The city’s adopted transient occupancy tax budget for all funds is $33 million, of which $27.5 million is budgeted in the General Fund, according to the city.