Square One Pizza Café is a family owned restaurant in beautiful Irvine, California offering thin crust artisan pizza, made to order with the freshest local ingredients available.

We offer a flexible approach to dining, combining a fast paced, informal atmosphere in the daytime and casual sit down dinner service in the evening. The menu offers pizzas which feature an inventive and vibrant blend of flavors; fresh and robust entrée salads and chef-inspired pasta dishes. Our menu includes daily “Square Deal” specials and “build your own options” which showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients. We also provide a rotating selection of draft beer combined with an extensive wine list.


Kyle & Liz Gillies


Kyle and Liz Gillies have always dreamed of owning their own restaurant, ever since their very first date. After living on the East Coast, they moved back to California in 2011 with their family.

Kyle was most recently Chef de Cuisine at the critically acclaimed Hobbit Restaurant in Orange, CA, having completed a tenure with an establishment which has consistently been in the ranks of Zagat’s “Best Of” for Orange County. Prior to his recent stint with The Hobbit, Kyle was the founding chef/executive of Bagby Pizza Co. in Baltimore, where the concept for Square One Pizza Café originated. From Bagby’s inception, Kyle helped develop every aspect of the business, from start-up through launch to its current thriving enterprise.

With a background working in restaurants, Liz has over a decade of experience in the management and service aspects, including working as General Manager and Wine Buyer for Pascal Restaurant in Newport Beach.  

Together they were ready to again bring to life their vision of delicious food combined with a casual, family friendly atmosphere and excellent customer service that ensures the guest will always be treated like family.