2 New Spots to Check Out at The Lab in Costa Mesa

For those who believe pizza and ice cream are pillars of the food universe, two new spots make The Lab irresistible.
Photograph by Katrina Frederick, Courtesy of Dear Bella Creamery

For those who believe pizza and ice cream are pillars of the food universe, two new spots make The Lab in Costa Mesa irresistible. Tiny Kuro Artisanal Pizza serves what might be the county’s most fascinating pizza. Thin hand-stretched pies use a Japanese yeast and a multigrain flour with spelt and stone-ground wheat. Four red pizzas and four white grace the menu. The Nacho red, spicy and sweet, brings roasted Italian pork sausage, fresh mozzarella, jalapeno, honey, garlic cloves, and garlic confit. The Nico white is a four-cheese pizza with rosemary, honey, and the garlic duo; the Julio brings mashed potatoes, pesto, and bacon. There’s counter service with seating in the indoor-outdoor “living room.” You can also order at Bootlegger Brewery a few doors down, in which case owner-pizzaiolo Tak Kato delivers via skateboard. The mood at Hollywood cult favorite Dear Bella Creamery is ice-cream giddy, the decor pink and teal. Sixteen rotating, remarkably rich flavors include Taiwanese pineapple cake—reflecting the heritage of founders Alice Cherng and Belinda Wei—as well as kabocha pie and hazelnut butter & chocolate, a collab with Brooklyn chocolatier Fine & Raw. Ice creams, fillings, and toppings are vegan, gluten-free, and scratch-made; the menu offers scoops, sandwiches, sundaes, and shakes, plus cakes and nitro cold brew floats. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, thelab.com