Howie’s Artisan Pizza Restaurant Review, Palo Alto


Howie's Artisan Pizza

855 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, CA 94301


Howie's Artisan Pizza Website

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto exterior decor

Howie’s Artisan Pizza was opened by Howard Bulka in late 2009 into Town & Country Village shopping Center of Palo Alto. He had worked at various restaurants including Marche. Inspired by the New Haven school of East Coast pizza-making and the renaissance of artisanal products including organic, natural, and local ingredients. Our last visit was in the beginning of 2015 when we noticed that pizza prices went up again.

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto interior decor

Howie’s Decor, Vibe – Busy at dinner time and loud. Families, couples, the young set, some older folks were dining. You can leave a cell number and come back later. Place your order while waiting. Lots to go orders.
Counter and dining room areas, Odd shaped lamps, exposed wood ceilings, brown and olive colors, TV in bar, simple chairs and tables. Nice Patio seating outside for warm summer nights.

Howie’s Artisan Pizza Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto menu

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto menu 1

Howie’s Artisan Pizza Menu has appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and several varieties of pizza. You can order half half on your pizza.

Website Howie’s Artisan Pizza Menu



Chinese Chicken Salad ($10) – Napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, peanuts, cilantro, cucumber, crispy won ton, hot mustard vinaigrette was a large salad with finely chopped ingredients bathed in a light dressing.


Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto pancetta red onion red Chili

Pancetta, red onion, red chili ($15) house made pancetta, spicy red Fresno chili, red onion, mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce was not too spicy, had lots toppings, was chewy not crispy. Stiff hard pancetta and a greasy pizza. In 2011, we found that they discontinued this pizza because the house-made pancetta was too time consuming.

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto zucchini pesto

Zucchini pesto ($15) basil pesto, zucchini, mozzarella cheese, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese was nice, crispy with a nice pesto layer and thin layer of zucchini.

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto baked potato pizza

Baked potato pizza ($18) scallop potatoes, Swiss cheese, crisp bacon, Rosemary, and chives had a crispy crust, and several thin potato layers, making for a nice thick pizza. In 2011, they started to chop up the bacon, making it look nicer but diluting the bacon effect. Expensive pizza.

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto the works

the works ($19) Hobbs pepperoni, fennel sausage, salami, red onion, sweet peppers, olives, mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce. Good size, lots toppings, strong olives, crispy edge only, nice balls of sausage, one greasy pizza.

Howies Artisan pizza Palo Alto soft serve ice cream

Soft serve ice cream ($5) with hot fudge, and almonds was a large desert with high-quality ingredients. Enough for several people.


Hummus and Tahini ($8)- green onion, radish, house-made flatbread was a good appetizer possessing high quality hummus and freshly made, and warm house made flatbread. (Seemed more like pizza dough)

Howie’s Artisan Pizza takes 20 minutes to make their pizzas. Complimentary filtered water. Servers were patrolling, asked how stuff was and accommodated a botch by redoing a pizza without questions. Howie’s Artisan Pizza serves up solid thin crust pizza on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Foodies, be sure to try San Francisco’s Gialina or Oakland’s Pizzaiolo for the ultimate in thin crust pizza.
Low cost wine with glasses from $5, bottles from $16 and several selections.

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Howie's Artisan Pizza Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Daily 11:30 am - 9 pm
Parking:Free lot
Prices:$13 - $17

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