The best pizza in Ventura is not at a pizza joint. It’s not at an Italian restaurant and it is most certainly not at Costco (in Oxnard).
Believe it or not, the best pizza in town is at a local beer garden on Main Street called Fluid State.
Fluid State is a modern gastropub that I hear has great drinks, but I’ve only ever been there for the grub. Their pizza crust is actually sourdough and is “made with spontaneous and indigenous yeasts, organic flour, EVOO and sea salt.” Anyone obsessed with bread will love the tangy flavor of this dough.
Pizza at Fluid State is generally sold by the slice, and my favorite is the Dr. Pepperoni, which comes with a variety of different cheeses, including fresh mozzarella, aged gouda, and topped with freshly shaved parmesan. Slices and whole pies are served with sides of spicy oil and a super-potent garlic dipping sauce, which I can still taste in the back of my mouth days after my visit.
I hadn’t been to Fluid State since before the pandemic, which means it’s been over a year and a half, and I was afraid that this business might have shut down like so many others, but I was happy to see that they are still there and still make the best darn pizza in Ventura.
Check them out at the info below:
692 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001