Imagine having a dream and actually being able to fulfill it. That’s exactly what happened with Kyle and Liz Gillies, who on their first date, dreamt of owning a restaurant and made it happen in Irvine. Square One Pizza Cafe is their lovechild and if you’ve dined there before, you can probably tell.
I recently had the pleasure to join a friend for dinner and was impressed not only by the food but the cool artsy loft decor and the level of service. It almost felt like being at home and that’s exactly what the owners are striving for.
Don’t be fooled by the name, the menu at Square One Pizza Cafe isn’t all just pizza. Although, you should definitely order a pizza if you’re here – we ordered two just to be safe and really wanted to try them. Other options range from sandwiches, salads, pastas, and even desserts. They also have some excellent local brews on tap so be sure to ask for a taste and then pick a new favorite from the list.
If you’re dining in with co-workers or looking for a great spot to hang out with your girlfriends, there’s also a pretty sweet happy hour that features my favorite – the pizza and other highlights from the menu.
Now let’s get into the food, here is everything we ordered and absolutely loved but don’t just take our word for it. Let the photos speak for themselves and then plan a time to visit for yourself – I suggest taking a few friends and sharing a little bit of everything from the menu.