When a fine dining chef goes casual


After chef-owners and executive chefs leave the fine dining scene they gain years of experience that honed their craft.  And, when that is transferred into the casual dining scene, everyday food is the celebrated star.


Howard Bulka

Howard Bulka spent his years training with Paul Bocuse, Alain Chapel, and in some of the best kitchens, like Chez Panisse. He was the executive chef at Silks in the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. He then moved to the suburbs and opened a successful five-star restaurant, Marché, in Menlo Park.

With all this experience and beautiful food on his plate, he discovered that he really wanted a place where his young family could eat out together with simple food that tastes good.

This place would be casual and fun for the whole family. It would be a part of the community and have value for the wholesome experience.


Howie’s Artisan Pizza

Then there came Howie’s Artisan Pizza. After hours and hours and even years of trial and error, he perfected his pizza from the dough, the toppings, and the overall execution.

In Palo Alto, across Stanford University and a local high school, Howie’s Artisan Pizza is a gathering place for friends and family. Hearty appetizers and hand-tossed artisan pizzas with five-star quality toppings bring happiness for everyone, from young children to their grandparents. The selection of beers and wines draw in groups of friends for a relaxed meal. The lunch specials for a slice and a drink (soda or beer) attract the high school and college crowd for an affordable and filling study break. And to complete the pizza night out experience is the soft serve ice cream with homemade sauces, like strawberry, chocolate, and caramel. Oh, that caramel sauce…


2nd Location

With satisfied customers in Palo Alto, Chef Howie expanded his concept in 2015 to his own neighborhood in Redwood City

This location shows off even more of his talents with a lengthier menu featuring more appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The addition of the weekend brunch menu also gives breakfast options on Saturdays and Sundays.

Chef Howie has successfully transferred the quality and satisfaction of fine dining into the comfort and togetherness of the casual food scene.


A great range of beers on tap, from standard domestic drafts to seasonal regional pours. There is also an excellent wine list which pairs perfectly with pizza and all the bites. In the Redwood City location, the full bar offers a fun cocktail selection
Foodicles Howies Artisan Pizza 2
Caesar Salad. With Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Croutons, Parmesan, Howie’s Caesar Dressing
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Chinese Chicken Salad. With Chicken, Napa Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce, Cucumber, Peanuts, Crispy Won-Ton, Green Onion, Cilantro, Peppers, Hot Mustard Vinaigrette
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Garlicky Prawns. With Tomato Sauce and Hot Chili, Parmesan, Garlic Bread
Foodicles Howies Artisan Pizza 5
Spicy Meatballs. With Tomato Sauce, Parmesan, Garlic Bread
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Pizza Margherita. With Fior di Latte Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Fresh Basil, Parmesan, and Good Olive Oil
Another look at the freshly baked pie and the crispy, chewy crust
The test. The bottom of the pizza completely passes the test of crispy, doneness. Not soggy at all
½ and ½ Pizza. For $1 more, you can have two toppings on one pie.  Margherita on one side and Sausage and Roasted Red Onion on the other
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Vanilla Soft Serve with Home Made Caramel Sauce. And Slivered Almonds.
This sauce is amazing. You must save room for dessert.


Howie’s Artisan Pizza

Palo Alto
Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real #60
Sunday to Saturday, 11:30am to 9pm

Redwood City
837 Jefferson Avenue
Wednesday to Friday, 11:30am to 2pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 2pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday


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