Besta-Wan Pizza may be one of the best-kept secrets right here in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, but today we’re revealing all of what makes this such a special local eatery.


For my latest episode of “Everyday Encinitas,” I’m sitting down with Kyle Schmuckle from Besta-Wan Pizza to chat about the restaurant’s history, culture, food and drink selections, and more!

For your convenience, I’ve provided timestamps of our conversation so you can skip ahead to the section(s) that interest you most:

0:53 - The history behind Besta-Wan’s founding

1:26 - How the current owners, Becky and Julio, have renewed Besta-Wan’s popularity

3:05 - The warm, friendly environment Besta-Wan’s staff creates

3:40 - All about Besta-Wan’s drink selection, including their famous “man-mosa”

5:25 - What makes Besta-Wan’s pizza a cut (or slice) above the rest?

6:05 - The story behind the “Schmuckle 5000” pizza—a now-favorite

7:11 - Besta-Wan’s novel wall decor and where it came from

8:06 - What are the main attractions of not only Besta-Wan, but also of the area as a whole?

9:05 - Wrapping things up

“The atmosphere is like ‘Cheers’—where everybody knows your name.”

If you’d like to find out more about Besta-Wan Pizza, or take a look at their hours and menu, you can visit their website here.

If you know of or are part of a local business or organization that you’d like to have featured on a future episode of “Everyday Encinitas,” don’t hesitate to let me know. You can call me directly at (619) 752-4663. We look forward to hearing from you!