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TJ’s Woodfire Pizza
641 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente
By Eric Heinz
After five years of catering all over Orange County and operating a food truck, TJ’s Woodfire Pizza has found a permanent home.
Owner Tim Gonzales said he was first introduced to pizza making by his grandfather when he was younger. He also has learned techniques from other chefs and his cousin.
TJ’s has cultivated its menu around Neapolitan pizzas, but now they offer Sicilian and New York styles. Gonzales said he’s working on a sourdough pizza dough as well.
Although his business has taken him all around Orange County, setting up shop in San Clemente is a homecoming for Gonzales.
“I actually grew up here when I was a little guy in Capistrano Beach and went to Shorecliffs Middle School,” he said. “We’re putting roots into the ground here, and this is a product that once people try it they’re going to see this is a much higher industry standard of Neapolitan pizza.”
Some of the ingredients in the pizzas are imported from Italy, Gonzales said, and beers on tap are all local crafts.
Business hours are 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.