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True joy can be found in those three plastic cups. Credit: CVI Crapcam

What: The Bill’s Favorite (with several sides of Bill’s Sauce)

Where: Bill’s Pizza, 119 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $24.50 for an 18-inch pizza; personal size (10 inches also available)

Contact: 760-325-5571;

Why: Because of the extra Bill’s Sauce.

On busy Palm Springs nights, danger lurks near La Plaza and Palm Canyon Drive.

Caloric danger, that is.

Is this case, danger takes the form of a pleasant person handing out pizza samples—more specifically, Bill’s Pizza samples. Consider yourself warned: These samples are good. Very good, in fact, and they often succeed at their intended purpose: luring people, some of whom have already eaten dinner, one short block to La Plaza and Indian Canyon Drive, where Bill’s Pizza can be found.

Once at Bill’s, diners have a variety of choices of thin-crust pizza options (including by-the-slice choices for the less hungry, i.e. the aforementioned diet-busting souls who have already eaten dinner) in terms of both toppings and sauces. However, when it comes to sauce, those in the know always get what’s simply called Bill’s Sauce.

Simple, it is: It’s a mixture of the red (i.e. tomato) sauce, and the pesto sauce. As for flavor, simple, it isn’t: There’s something about the mixture of the hearty tomato, the fresh basil, the oil and the spices that makes this sauce splendid.

Pictured above is the Bill’s Favorite, a perfectly delightful pie with—of course—Bill’s Sauce, as well as pepperoni, salami, Sicilian sausage and tomatoes. (We held the onions.) However, the keys to making this great pizza into a mouthgazm-inducing experience can be found in three of the pizza-box corners: extra Bill’s Sauce.

Put that extra sauce on top of the pizza. Dip the crusts in it. Hell, dip a finger into it and enjoy it by itself. It’s caloric danger that’s worth a few extra minutes at the gym.

Always ask for extra Bill’s Sauce. Trust us.

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...