In 2006, 2007, and 2010 the pizza pies made by Greek-born pastry chef Theo Kalogeracos, owner of Little Caesars Pizzeria, were crowned "World's Best Pizza" in varying categories at the annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Little Caesars? Yes, Little Caesars, but not that Little Caesars. And because of diners' confusion between the American fast food chain and Theo's concept, he is in the process of changing the restaurant's name to Little C's.
Theo opened Little Caesars (named after his grandfather, Caesar) 16 years ago in Western Australia, about 40 minutes outside Perth. A year and a half ago Theo launched a second location closer to Perth, and he has been trying to open in Shanghai for the past two years. Theo's casual neighborhood restaurants are known for uniquely topped sweet and savory pies, pizzas are fired for about 10 minutes in a 500°F gas-powered oven and come in flavors like Smashing Pumpkins (roasted pumpkin, cashews, mozzarella, Parmesan, cream), Sub-Marine (tomato sauce, mozzarella, mussels, shrimp, clams, squid, octopus, anchovies), and red velvet (red velvet crust, chocolate, cream cheese frosting).
Which brings us to LA, the potential next home for Little Caesars or Little C's. Theo says he really wants to open in Los Angeles and right now he is seriously considering the leap and 20 hour flight commute. In fact, that red velvet pie was inspired by a trip to Sprinkles in Beverly Hills.
Take a gander up above at the original Little Caesars, this is what the LA outpost would most likely resemble. Notice no exterior signage for the pill-box sized eatery. Inside there are only six metal tables, small wooden stools on which to sit, and a barrage of awards and trophies on display. Where in LA should Theo open? [EaterWire]