A reader recently told me about Fresh Brothers, a South Bay pizza establishment with locations in Manhattan and Redondo Beaches.
Fresh Brothers offers an extensive gluten free menu including pizzas, salads, and wings.
I've been meaning to get down to Fresh Brothers for a long time and I finally made the trip down to Manhattan Beach this weekend. What better time to visit the South Bay then the first beautiful June day? I'm new to L.A. and was not expecting June Gloom at all, so I'm relieved that we seem to be reaching the end of it. When I saw the sun shining in through my patio window, I knew today was the day to get down to Manhattan Beach, pick up a pizza, and hit the beach.
I called before I left my apartment, ordering a Fresh Momma's Favorite with sliced mozzarella. The Fresh Momma's favorite includes mushrooms, spinach, and a blend of pizza and pesto sauce.
After battling a bit of traffic on the 405, I arrived at Fresh Brothers sufficiently hungry. I was certainly not disappointed by the portions! The gluten free pizza is only available in one size, and as you can see from the above picture it is quite a large size! It is a circular pie with 16 slices cut into it.
I sat down at a table in the restaurant and had a slice or two before departing to the beach. Wow! The pizza is great. Normally when I eat gluten free pizza the crust is paper thin; not so with Fresh Brothers' gluten free pizza, which is thicker than most gluten free pizzas. Admittedly, the pizza is not thick and fluffy like the Domino's pizzas I remember from my youth, but that is an effect of it being gluten free.
The pizza at Fresh Brothers is terrific. Another great feature: the price! The large pizza was only $20, and if I hadn't added the sliced mozzarella it would have been even cheaper. While that may be more than Pizza Hut (or "The Hut" as they are now marketing it) and Domino's, the cost of gluten free baking products is certainly higher and the ingredients used at Fresh Brothers are fresher (I wonder where they got the name from?).
I noticed while I was in the shop that there were cookies available too. After speaking with one of the owners of the restaurant, I was informed of two big pieces of Fresh Brothers news. The restaurant will soon be offering gluten free desserts in addition to their salads, wings, and pizza. More importantly, Fresh Brothers is planning on opening up a location in L.A.'s Westside before 2009 ends! I'm very excited to have a Fresh Brothers closer to me as it is the best gluten free pizza I've had in Los Angeles.
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2008 Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (Map)
407 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (Map)