The Besta Wan Pizza opened it’s doors with it’s classic pizza recipe’s in the mid 1960′s and to this day many of the menu items remain. The restaurant is located in the kicked back atmosphere of Cardiff, Ca. where many locals and visiting tourists enjoy fresh cooked meals and plenty of beers on tap. Group gatherings and large parties can reserve parts of the restaurant and the menu items may come to you for your private catering event.
Besta-Wan Expands to Carlsbad
It took nearly 50 years, but iconic Besta-Wan Pizza House in Cardiff is finally adding a second location.
A new Besta-Wan featuring the same laid-back atmosphere and eclectic décor opened last month in northern Carlsbad near the city’s border with Oceanside.
The goal is bringing a new group of customers the same funky vibe that’s been popular with surfers and families in Cardiff since 1965, owner Julio Sanchez said Thursday.
“We’ve almost saturated the business at the original one,” said Sanchez, explaining that the kitchen at the 3,000-square-foot Cardiff location is too small to handle any more customers.
So Sanchez and his wife, Becky, leased a former Tony Roma’s just west of Westfield Carlsbad mall last spring and then spent several months remodeling the 6,000-square-foot space into a Besta-Wan.
“This is the Besta-Wan on steroids,” said Sanchez, adding that it’s been a challenge matching the coziness of the Cardiff location, a former private residence on Aberdeen Drive. “It’s hard to replicate the ‘little house’ feel.”
But similar to Cardiff, the Carlsbad restaurant is decorated with a wide variety of eye-catching items. They include metal fortune cookies, album covers, model cars, pictures of celebrities, cheerful sayings and memorabilia.