2017-08-10 / On the Town

Through thick and thin at Numero Uno

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT
Ela Lindsay


PIZZA AND LOTS M-M-M-MORE—Doris Corcoran is the hardworking owner of Numero Uno in Agoura Hills, which has been at Whizin Market Square for 13 years. PIZZA AND LOTS M-M-M-MORE—Doris Corcoran is the hardworking owner of Numero Uno in Agoura Hills, which has been at Whizin Market Square for 13 years. More than 40 years after it began serving excellent Chicagostyle deep-dish pizzas, the Numero Uno chain is still living up to its name.

Doris Corcoran, the owner of Numero Uno Pizza in Agoura Hills, has been with the company for more than 30 years and the franchise owner at her store for the last 13. Judging by the taste of her sweet, thick-crust pizza pies, she’s bound to be around for many more to come.

In case you’re wondering why the name might sound familiar, yes, it’s the same Numero Uno you remember from your teen years or those days you went out with your family in the 1970s and ’80s looking for deep-dish delights.

Corcoran says she often gets customers who come to her store from as far away as San Luis Obispo and Orange County because they have a hankering for the pies they remember fondly from their childhood, and now they want to share it with their own families.

And although Corcoran doesn’t make a practice of it, there’s even a lady in Washington who orders a pizza for Mother’s Day because that’s her only wish for the special occasion. “The shipping is more than the pizza but the lady really wants it,” Corcoran said, laughing.

The hardworking owner has literally been with the company through thick and thin since she was in her youth and has continued all these years at various locations. She’s been running her store at Whizin Market Square for over a decade now, serving the same delectable deep-dish pizzas along with some amazing thin-crust pies as well.

Personally, I would be hardpressed to tell you which one I like better because they’re both amazing. The thick crust is soft and on the sweeter side with chunks of Roma tomatoes, just like you might expect from a Sicilian pie made daily with fresh toppings to order. And the thin crust is equally as delightful, perfectly reminiscent of some of the best I’ve had in New York City.


DELICIOUS DISH—A plate of penne pasta with peppers and sausage, plus a side of garlic bread, from Numero Uno. DELICIOUS DISH—A plate of penne pasta with peppers and sausage, plus a side of garlic bread, from Numero Uno. Of course, Uno has a whole menu of different kinds of pizzas, including lots of different brickoven pies such as The Works, Vegetarian, Hawaiian, Meat-Za, Greek and more.

Corcoran also offers glutenfree pies for people with dietary restrictions.

As you might imagine, there’s also a slew of pasta dishes, submarine sandwiches, calzones, salads and some fun appetizers like the tasty Romano bread puffs, crunchy bite-size fluffy bits of the sweet dough served with butter and grated cheese.

And although customers are welcome to sit and dine inside or outside the funky, 1970s-style eatery, Corcoran calls her place more of a “commuter store,” perfect for quick lunch and dinner pick-ups because it’s just a hop, skip and a jump off the 101 Freeway at Kanan Road on Roadside Drive.

Along with pizza-by-the-slice all day long, she offers lunch specials as well, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., most of them $7.95 but all less than $10, which also includes a drink and salad.

So, when the urge hits, you can call and pick up your slice or pie at lunchtime for a yummy midday treat or call and drop by after work on your way home.

Also, don’t forget to think office or family gatherings at all times as there are some great deals for business meetings and group gatherings, which include salad, pizza and the tasty Romano puffs for small and large gettogethers.

Corcoran’s store also services a large delivery area and offers a fun take-and-bake option pizza option. These pies come in their own pan and cook in about 15 minutes when you get it to your destination.

Numero Uno Pizza in Agoura Hills is definitely family friendly, not to mention neighborhood- and office-friendly, so stop by, say hello and get a slice or whole pie soon.

It’s open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.

“I am also happy to do fundraisers with our local schools,” Corcoran said. “This is one of my favorite places to give back to the community.”

For more information, visit Numero Uno at 28860 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills, call (818) 707-2121 or go to the website www.agourahillsnumerouno.com.

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