Monday, December 28, 2009
Japan's lesser-known pizza chain Strawberry Cones just opened a couple weeks ago in a San Gabriel Valley strip mall and I'm super excited. Unlike most things Japanese chefs make, pizza is less artisanal than it is kitchy and artificial, yet devoid of rules. Anything goes: corn, asparagus, mayonnaise, white sauce, teriyaki chicken - you name it, they bake it.
Though still in their soft-opening, Strawberry Cones' menu is fairly slim. I started off with the teriyaki mochi chicken pizza ((S) $11) and finished with California walnut and raisin pizza ((S) $9.80) for dessert:
Speaking of weird, they sell a line of 'Ninja pizzas' with a gray-darkened crust made from bamboo charcoal (chikutan). It tastes great and stays out of your lungs. The other key ingredient in their pizza is rice flour, aka, mochi-ko, making for a chewier, sweeter crust.
On my next visit, I'm trying the Mochi Mentai Ninja, Avocado & Salmon, and Meat Paradise.
227 W Valley Blvd. #118-B
San Gabriel, CA 91776