A brand new pizza, ice cream, and beer spot opens its doors in Eagle Rock today, slotted on the corner of Colorado Blvd and Shearin Ave. Piencone Pizzeria, Creamery, & Pub is the brainchild of Michelle and Corey Wilton, the husband-and-wife team that owns and operates nearby mainstay Four Café. With a name that suggests three distinct specialities, you’d assume Piencone would be offering something for everyone. Based, at the least, on the sheer size of the restaurant’s layout, the intent is well executed.
The restaurant’s 4,500 square-foot space includes five rooms: A counter-area that greets visitors when they first walk in, the main dining room, a lounge and atrium area, a back patio, and a separate bar area. The patio features six tables and a kids section, while the bar has seating for 14.
In terms of the menu, guests will find an array of starters, vegetable-heavy wood-fired pizzas, craft beer, craft cocktails, and a selection of six seasonally-driven ice cream flavors and two sorbets. Beer options include Made West Pale Ale, Smog City Little Bo Pils, Port Brewing Mongo IPA and Ace Perry Hard Cider. There is also Kombucha available on tap (I can see this being a big deal to some!).
Among the openers are anchovy stuffed fried olives ($4), wood-roasted cauliflower with currants, serrano aioli and curried vinaigrette ($9.50), and wild boar stuffed arancini with lemon parmesan sauce (9). There are eight pizza options including the Honey Pot ($18), topped with Salami Americano, spigarello, sicillian oregano, sheep’s cheese, and fermented aleppo honey, and the Cauli Dreamin ($16) with béchamel, green olives, garlic, breadcrumbs, and grana padano (16).
Based on my preview-night sampling, I’d recommend the Green Thumb ($14). The pie comes loaded with greens, tomato, oregano, shaved garlic, cacio de roma, dill and sorrel. The oregano/garlic/dill combo provides a swift punch to the tastebuds, while the chewy crust gives some balance so you’re not overwhelmed.
All of the pizzas are served unsliced, and scissors are provided for guests to cut up their pieces to their own specifications. In terms of portions, I could have easily taken down one pizza all by myself, but I could see an average meal for two including one appetizer, one pizza, and one scoop of ice cream to share at the end.
If you’re bringing little ones you’ll note that kids pizzas are $6.50, and ice cream comes in regular scoops for $5 and kids scoops for $4. Current ice cream flavors are: Vanilla Bean, Maple with house-made Brown Sugar Pop Tart, Brown Butter Lavender, Meyer Lemon Buttermilk, Chocolate Hazelnut, Sesame Caramel, Vegan Coconut Passionfruit Sorbet and Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate.
Piencone Pizzeria, Creamery, & Pub is located at 1958 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles. It is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with the bar open Monday to Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant will offer counter service during the day then transition to table service at night.