“Matt (Bucklin) and I grew up on take-and-bake pizza,” said Seaside co-owner Evan Walker. “We were fishing buddies and we talked about how there was no take-and-bake pizza in the area. But the issue just kept coming up. Finally, we just said, ‘Let’s just do it ourselves.’ We couldn’t find it anywhere.”
The timing also seems exactly right that Seaside’s business model is presently take-out only.
“You can pick one of our specialty pizzas, or you can create your own,” said Bucklin of their product offerings.” We’re making every single take-and-bake pizza individually from scratch. Then you take it home and cook it on your own.”
“It’s the same process we go through to make a hot pizza for normal delivery or take-out,” noted Walker. “We just wrap it up so you can take it home and bake it whenever it’s convenient.”
Walker noted a refrigerated take-and-bake pie is typically good for 24 to 48 hours. He added they sell cookie dough ready to go as well, which makes a nice complement. “When your oven’s nice and hot with pizza, you can always put in a nice tray of fresh, hot cookies,” he pointed out.
Noting he and Bucklin were “a little hesitant to start a new business with the pandemic going on,” Walker added they’re glad they did. “Things are working well and now we’re rockin’ and rollin’,” he concluded.
The business duo opened Seaside on Feb. 12. They took over the retail space, formerly Surf City Pizza & Gelato at 4263 Mission Blvd., in November 2020 and completely remodeled the interior adding outdoor dining too.
Walker talked about a couple of their specialty pies. One, called Cyclops, has shishito peppers from Cyclops Farms in Oceanside. “We’re sourcing almost all our food from California, or within 100 miles of here,” he said.
Another crowd-pleasing pizza is sweet and spicy featuring jalapeno peppers, pepperoni, and pineapple. “The pineapple’s sweet enough to cut that spice so you can really enjoy it. It’s kind of a unique flavor,” Walker added.
“I’ve worked in pizza restaurants before and I love to cook,” noted Bucklin, about why he chose to co-own a pizzeria that serves salads and cookie dough as well. “We also prepare (pizza) slices as well, which is kind of rare for the area. We offer a slice and a hat, and a slice and a shirt deal too for $12.99, which is a pretty good steal.”
Specialty pizza items include super cheesy, margarita, barbecue chicken, veggie deluxe, pico pie, flyin’ Hawaiian, and pesto.
Bucklin said their clientele so far has mostly been local, including some out-of-towners and employees from surrounding businesses coming in for lunch. “We’re going to start promoting and getting more business from the local neighborhoods that don’t know we’re here yet,” he said.
Of future ambitions, Bucklin noted: “We’d like to get a second location and a wine and beer license. We just want to focus on this spot at first, make sure everything’s perfect for the customers, and move on from there.”
SEASIDE PIZZA CO.
Where: 4263 Mission Blvd.
Hours: Sundays-Thursdays 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Contact: seasidepizzaco.com, 858-886-7006.