Barone’s LA Pizzeria: Shares Secret Italian Family Recipes




Brief History Lesson:

In 1945 Barone’s was the first restaurant in Los Angeles, and Southern California for that matter, to sell pizza. Since EVERYONE loves pizza, this family owned business was able to attract glamorous Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, James Dean, and John Wayne who all became devoted regulars.

Barone’s trademarked thin crust rectangular Neopolitan style pizza. This was not only different in appearance, but also in aroma, and taste. Mixed with their delicious Italian family sauce, then topped with organic “sheets” of cheese, their pizzas rival the ones I’ve enjoyed in Italy!


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Highest Quality:

Barone’s proudly uses only organic products. They also make their sauces, dressings, and desserts from scratch in-house. BONUS: they’re all derived from secret Italian family recipes, a couple of which I was lucky enough to wiggle out of the owner and will be sharing with you! 


Barone’s NEW Passover Pizza:

Thanks to the dedication of many loyal Jewish customers, the Barone’s Westlake Village location felt inspired to develop a new matzah crust pizza just in time for Passover this year. This allows their Jewish customers to continue enjoying Barone’s pizza through the major spring festival, without compromising any traditions or the Barone’s taste.


Passover Pizza Crust Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup water

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The matzah crust is made in a bowl and kneaded by hand, rolled into a ball, then flattened into a rectangular pizza pan. Last but not least, the pizza is topped with Barone’s homemade tomato sauce and Kosher style cheese sheets, then placed in the oven for crispy perfection.

I had the pleasure of making my very own Passover Pizza with the Barone’s staff this week and I can honestly say that this pizza tastes just as heavenly as their traditional pizza. It is guaranteed to be a hit at every Passover dinner!





Caesar Dressing:

If you’re like me then dressing is pretty much a staple in your everyday diet. I put it on my salads, pizza, sandwiches, french fries… heck I would eat it on cardboard if nothing else was available… especially Barone’s Caesar dressing! Lucky for you (and me) they were nice enough to share their recipe, it is a rather large portion so feel free to convert it to a smaller size. 


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Barone’s Caesar Dressing Ingredients:

3/4 cups vinegar

1/8 lb anchovies

4 cups olive oil 

1/8 lb fresh garlic 

1/3 cups mustard

1 & 1/4 cups egg yolk

1 & 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice

1/8 cup black pepper 

1/8 cup salt

1 & 1/8 cups organic parmesan cheese 

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce 


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1. Using a mixer blend fresh garlic, egg yolk, anchovies, mustard, black pepper, salt & parmesan cheese. 

2. Slowly add 2 cups olive oil. Mix well. 

3. Add vinegar. Mix. 

4. Add remaining 2 cups olive oil. Mix. 

5. Add fresh lemon juice. Mix well, then ready to serve. 

NOTE: This recipe makes a LARGE family size portion, place leftover dressing in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 4 days (due to the raw egg yolks). 


In Closing:

The next time you find yourself in Westlake Village I highly recommend you pop in and try Barone’s pizzas, salads, pastas, and desserts. Their chocolate gelato is one of my favorites, and the wine and beer lists are equally impressive.

Grazie (“Thank You” in Italian),  

Simply Nina 

Barone’s Pizzeria

30990 Russell Ranch Rd.

Westlake Village, CA 91362


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