Pizza Italia is proud to be one of the longest lasting pizzerias in the Thousand Oaks area. The San Antonio restaurant was first opened in 1987 by mother and son duo, Betty and Terry. They chose a spot right on the corner of Jones Maltsberger and Thousand Oaks where they operated for several years until 2000, when the original location was bought by what is now CVS, and relocated down the street.
They had a good run, but tragically on Friday, March 13, 2009, the second location caught fire. The neighborhood’s beloved pizzeria burned down, and the restaurant was forced to relocate for a third time. During this time, Betty took the opportunity to retire and her son Terry took full reigns in running the business at what is now, their permanent location.
It was here that Terry saw room for expansion. In 2015, he knocked down the wall between his restaurant and the vacant one next door, making more room for new offerings and more customers. He created a craft beer bar within the venue with 30 beers on tap and 200+ in the bottle. He even added cool events for the bar like their every other Thursday Tap Takeovers, and Chief’s football watch parties. His 35 years of expertise in the restaurant industry has earned Pizza Italia a spot on Pizza Today’s Hot 100 List for Independently Owned Pizzerias in the United States for two consecutive years beginning 2017.
Today you can stop in Pizza Italia and find Terry behind the counter tossing dough, or in a booth enjoying an order of wings paired with some delicious homemade ranch. He takes pride in offering his homemade pizzas, meatballs, lasagna, and pizza sauce to San Antonians and others who stumble upon this Thousand Oaks jewel.