Porky’s Pizza Long Beach Shore, 4418 E. Seventh St., 433-8888.

    • Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

     • Location: Located at the corner of Ximeno Avenue and Seventh Street. There is limited parking suited for a quick pick up.

    • Staff/Service: The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and very helpful explaining the different options and coupon specials. Super.

    • Food/Drinks: Porky’s is a pizza shop. Appetizers include Garlic Knots and Buffalo wings. Salads include Antipasto, Grilled Chicken, Caesar and Garden. For dessert, you can choose from cheesecake or Cinna Knots.

    Pizzas include custom combos to your order and specialty pizzas like Porky’s Special with pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and black olives; All Meat with pepperoni, ham, sausage and bacon; BBQ Chicken; Hawaiian; Sweet and Spicy with crushed pineapple, pepperoni, sausage, Parmesan, and crushed red peppers; The Fear with pepperoni, sausage, onions and Jalapenos; and the Manager’s Special with pepperoni, grilled chicken breast and pepperoncinis.

    There are specials like the Family Special with and extra large pizza and two toppings, one salad and soda. Then there’s The Feast, with an extra large pizza, salad, Buffalo wings, garlic knots and soda.

    • Manager/Chef Vision Statement: Porky’s goal is to offer boutique-style pizzas for quick home delivery.

    • Atmosphere: The shop is super clean and very pleasant for the few minutes you might wait while your order is completed.

    • The Taste: It was Christmas Eve eve and all through the house not a creature was stirring, especially the kitchen elf. Following a moment’s thought, we decided on pizza. We weren’t sure of Porky’s delivery range, although in retrospect a phone call would have solved that problem, so off I went.

    Of course, left to my own devices I often choose my favorite pizza: pepperoni and mushrooms. Maybe it’s my youth continuing to call to me all these years later, although the voice is fainter, but a plain old pepperoni pizza is just about perfect. The only gilding I might do is the addition of mushrooms. Now Jennifer likes pizzas that are much more complex. Given the choice, she’ll generally opt for the works plus the addition of Jalapenos.

    So I ordered a medium Porky’s Special. Normally I’d get a large for plenty of pizza and some cold pizza breakfast, but my doctor is saying something about limiting my salt intake.

    I discovered that delivery was more than possible to my neck of the woods and that basically Porky’s The Shore is located so they can cover an area that extends pretty well from Naples to Bluff Park and The East Village up to the traffic circle.

    My pizza was finished fairly quickly and I was off. The pizza is excellent. The dough is nicely flavored not bitter or sweet, and nicely toothy for a non-thin crust pizza. The sauce is slightly sweet and provides a nice complement to the spice from the pepperoni and tang of the bell pepper. All ingredients were fresh and generous.

    Had your fill of prime rib, ham and turkey and feeling like something normal? Give Porky’s a shout. Great pizza, super friendly, and quick.

    • Price: Weekend lunch or

daily dinner for two is less than $20 and dinner for four or more with The Feast is less than $30.

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