Jerry’s Pizza comes to town

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Known for having the best pizza on the north shore, Jerry's Pizza has expanded to Kalihi.

Known for having the best pizza on the north shore, Jerry’s Pizza has expanded to Kalihi.

I was headed home on King Street the other day when a sign for pizza and pasta caught my eye. I’ve lived in the 96817 for 15 years and one of the things that always bothered me was the shortage of Italian food. Yes, there are a couple of Pizza Huts, a Papa Johns and JJ Dolans about 15 minutes away, but nothing truly Italian.

Was I seeing things? No! The very popular Jerry’s Pizza from Waialua has opened a second location in my hood! Lucky me!

This spot at 1314 N. King St. used to be a Blazin' Steaks, and long before that ironically a Pizza Hut.

This spot at 1314 N. King St. used to be a Blazin Steaks, and long before that ironically a Pizza Hut.

Pizza is my favorite food. Whenever I would post pictures of pizza, friends always commented that I needed to try Jerry’s Pizza at the old Waialua sugar mill. Alas, I never had the chance until now. Owner Jerry Coffman chose Kalihi because of its central location and need for Italian cuisine. “We had a lot of demand from people in town and a bunch of people from the North Shore,” said co-owner Micah Budroe, “and some of our friends found this place in Kalihi.”

Affectionately called Jerry’s Pizza 2, the eatery opened in June. So far, they are popular with the high school/college crowd and nearby residents who like artisan-style pizza for takeout. “Everything is from scratch, we make our own bread, all of our ingredients are fresh. There’s a big difference from the pre-packaged fast food pizza,” Budroe says. “That was the big hook for us for this place, because there is nothing like us.”

All pasta dishes come with a side garden salad and garlic bread.

All pasta dishes come with a side garden salad (ala carte $5) and garlic bread (ala carte $3). They also have a traditional Italian salad ($11) served with romaine lettuce, garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, green olives, cucumber, tomato, pepperoncini & carrots and antipasta salad ($13) which is the Italian salad plus cheese, ham, salami and pepperoni.

Chicken Alfredo - served with spinach fettuccine. There's a lot in this seemingly small bowl including generous chunks of chicken and the garlic bread is fresh, crispy with a nice balance of salt and garlic. The alfredo sauce is very light, it could use a bit more garlic and cheese. $12

Chicken Alfredo – served with spinach fettuccine. There’s a lot in this seemingly small bowl including generous chunks of chicken and the garlic bread is fresh and crispy with a nice balance of salt and garlic. The alfredo sauce doesn’t hit you over the head with flavor. $12

Chicken Wings - hot or BBQ or both. You can choose between 6 for $9 or 10 for $11. The hot was pretty hot and the BBQ was a blend of sweet and tart.

Chicken Wings – hot or BBQ or both. You can choose between 6 for $9 or 10 for $11. The hot was pretty hot and the BBQ was a nice blend of sweet and tart. There’s a lot of chicken wing competition nearby, but these were perfectly cooked and well-seasoned. They would go well with a nice cold beer.

They offer 10 types of sub sandwiches. Cold: ham, turkey, veggie or classic. Hot: Philly, meatball, sausage, chicken parm, chicken bacon ranch and hot turkey. $7.50-$9. (Pictured is the Philly, it was a bit dry so I would recommend getting one of the others with marinara sauce).

They offer 10 types of sub sandwiches. Cold: ham, turkey, veggie or classic. Hot: Philly, meatball, sausage, chicken parm, chicken bacon ranch and hot turkey. $7.50-$9. (Pictured is the Philly, it was a bit dry so I would recommend getting one of the others with marinara sauce).

Pizza: They offer whole pies 12" or 16" you can buy by the slice. This is the Waialua made with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives, tomato and garlic. This pizza is the number best seller here and in Waialua and it was phenomenal. A must try and one you won't ever forget. It's loaded with fresh toppings, served on a thin crust and delicious!!

Pizza: They offer whole pies 12″ or 16″ you can buy by the slice. This is the Waialua made with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives, tomato and garlic. This pizza is the number one best seller here and in Waialua and it was phenomenal. A must try and one you won’t ever forget. It’s loaded with fresh toppings, served on a thin crust and delicious!! $15.50 or $20.50

The menu is pretty hearty with lots of options. If you are looking for fresh high-quality pizza, made quickly and mouthwatering, it's worth the effort to stop by or take out. They also offer dessert pizzas in banana & cinnamon and strawberry chocolate flavors. $8

The menu is pretty hearty with lots of options. If you are looking for a fresh high-quality pie, made quickly with local ingredients, it’s worth the effort to stop by or take out. They also have burgers, lasagna (which sells out daily) and dessert pizzas in banana and cinnamon and strawberry chocolate. $8

There's lots of free parking, the setting is very casual and they have flat-screen TVs. For now they are BYOB, but they are working on getting their liquor license eventually.

There’s lots of free parking, the setting is very casual and they have flat-screen TVs. For now they are BYOB, but they are working on getting their liquor license to sell beer and wine.

I asked Micah if he had a moment to show me how to toss the dough. Here’s how it went:

Seriously, tossing that pizza dough in the air is not easy. Anyway, Coffman hopes to expand statewide eventually but for now, they are pretty busy with catering. They cater Damien football’s pregame meals and want to get more involved in the nearby community.

Jerry’s Pizza 
1314 N. King St. (Just before Waiakamilo Rd.)
Honolulu, HI 9617
(808) 842-3462

Sunday – Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm