While visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, we decided to exit the studio grounds and grab something to eat from the shopping/dining area just outside the gates (we were warned that the concessions on-site were overpriced and not very palatable). Wandering through we spotted one of Wolfgang Puck’s establishments. Since we had no plans to visit Beverly Hills, we figured that this was as close to Puck’s “Spago” as we would get during this trip, so we went in.
This is a very casual eatery, with a streamlined lunch menu consisting of pasta, pizza, burgers, salads, and appys. The dinner menu is a little larger and more elaborate, but we were here for lunch. We arrived just before the lunch hour, placed our orders at the front, and took a seat in a booth on the side.
It’s a bright airy space, with lots of wood tones, and minimalist decor.
We started with an appetizer of fried calamari.
This is tenderized squid, battered and deep-fried to a light crisp, served over arugula, and sprinkled with herbs and salt. It’s accompanied by a small cup of tzaziki sauce. This was a good calamari: tender on the inside, with a nice light crunch on the outside, properly seasoned. The tzaziki dipping sauce was rich, thick and creamy.
This was followed by our fennel sausage pizza.
This is a thin crust pizza, topped with tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, fennel sausage, roasted garlic, peperoncini (the small slightly hot pale green peppers), and roasted red peppers. This is a really nice thin crust pizza. It’s crisp on the bottom and edges, the toppings are packed with flavor. There’s nice creaminess from the herbed ricotta, and light acidity from the tomato sauce. The peperoncini gives a tiny kick. I really liked this, and would probably get the pizza if I visited another Puck restaurant.
The service was pretty minimal (and by design I think).