The Planing Mill Artisan Pizza | Visalia California’s Best Pizza

Review by: Lori Rice

Why “The Planing Mill”?

The Planing Mill’s original location inspired its name. Not long ago, the popular local spot, home of Visalia California‘s best pizza, was housed in the historic Visalia Planing Mill. The mill crafted wood products starting in 1851. The rustic space overflowed with charm. But the restaurant quickly outgrew it.

Just down the road, you will find the new, larger restaurant. Rustic charm remains, but the bar is larger. The seating area offers round tables for big groups and a private party room for special occasions. The original location now is home to Roadfood favorite Component Coffee Lab.

Tradition and Invention … and Pizza Pie

Classics and a few surprise twists make up the menu. Customers share such appetizers as Artichoke Fritters and Mozzarella Sticks; And you can’t go wrong with Frank’s Buffalo Wings. They sport just the right balance of tender chicken, crisp skin, and pleasant heat.

Vibrant greens are the soul of salads. Kalamata olives and feta cheese adorn the Greek salad. A sweet, tangy balsamic reduction fits it well.

Those who don’t want pizza avail themselves of multiple sandwich options. But most people do come for pizza. The pizzaioli have dubbed their crust a New Haven/California mash-up. Crisp and chewy form a fine balance. Top it with such classics as pepperoni, sausage, or veggies. Or choose such wild-card artisan creations as smoked pulled pork, garlic alfredo, artichokes, even fried Brussels sprouts and potato chips. Thai Pie demands attention. It sports chicken, peppers, peanuts, sriracha, cilantro, and Pad Thai sauce. The outlier, known as the Big Red, honors Detroit’s way with pizza pie. It requires 25 minutes to cook. The menu warns that only thirteen of them are made each day.

California Beer

Check out the tap list, where you find beers from California’s top craft breweries. The Mill Deal, offered for lunch during the week, gets you a fat slice of the pizza of the day with soda or beer for a reasonable price

Locals Love It

If you plan to tuck into Visalia California’s best pizza on a weekend night or on a Sunday when the game is on, expect to wait for seat. The Planing Mill may have moved to a bigger space, but its popularity has only grown.

What To Eat

Thai Pie

Greek Salad

Frank’s Buffalo Traditional Wings

Fat Slice Lunch Special


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