The original Surf Rider Pizza is in operation at 2163 Abbott St. in Ocean Beach.
The 1,890 square foot Mission Beach location will feature a renovated and modern indoor bar serving local craft beer and wine, an upper level outdoor bar welcoming the ocean breeze, and of course a pet-friendly patio.
The Crown Point outpost will not serve beer or wine and doesn’t have a dine-in option. This location will offer its customers a slightly edited menu that will accommodate exclusively take-out and delivery orders. The Mission Beach and Crown Point locations are expected to open this summer.
The creative mind behind the expansion is Hilary Rossi, the founder of Surf Rider Pizza and also the vice president of food and beverage for The Patio Group. It was the summer of 2010 when Rossi, and business partner Rachael Musico, found the perfect spot, a former pizzeria at 2163 Abbott St., to start their business.
“Why not?” Rossi thought. “I would love to share my pizzas with my San Diego community. Plus, we can add a bakery to the mix and create a confectionary playground for Rachael, to offer fresh treats for dessert.”
Surf Rider specializes in East Coast-style pizza available whole or by the slice with a large selection of different toppings available. The Ocean Beach restaurant offers a casual dining experience for patrons who are seeking a neighborhood pizza place that serves slices alongside cold pints of local craft beers. Located just one block away from Ocean Beach Dog Beach, the eatery is proudly a dog friendly establishment.
The most popular pizza is the Surf Rider Pizza Signature Pie. This pie features white sauce topped with roasted garlic, gorgonzola, diced Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil. . Other fan favorite pizzas include the Traditional Hawaiian Pie, Spicy Vegetarian Pie, and the Hilaroni Pie.
The restaurant also offers Italian favorites such as stromboli, cheesesteaks, Italian sausage sandwiches, and fresh-baked cupcakes, as well as a selection of other freshly baked homemade desserts.
Specialty salad dishes such as the Spinach Chicken Salad, the Greek Salad, and the Surf Side Salad are on the menu as well.
Everyday specials include two slices and a 16-ounce drink for $8.50, two slices and any bottled beer for $11.50, and two slices and any draft pint for $12.50.
Surf Rider Pizza Co. is owned and operated by The Patio Group, which owns and operates a collection of San Diego dining staples such as The Patio on Lamont, Saska’s Steakhouse, Swell Coffee Co, Cultivate, Fire Side, and Harvest.
Surf Rider Pizza
Where: Opening soon at 3770 Mission Blvd. and 3453 Ingraham St.
Info: surfrider.pizza, 619-541-8788.