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Best Pizza?? Not Paper Thin Crust Either

Looking for the best pizza in the LA area. other places have led me to pizza joints that are paper thin... good but not what im in the mood for. i want real pizza (real by my american standard i guess), or like a chicago thick pizza. all I hear of is NY or realy authentic Italian, which are good but wafer thin. Help!! and no, i dont want recomendations for like Papa Johns (though i love some PJ) or any other fast food chain.

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  1. For thick crust pizza, I like ZELO'S in Arcadia as well as MASA in Echo Park (http://www.masaofechopark.com/


    328 E. Foothill Blvd.,
    (626) 358-8298

    1. Petrillos in San Gabriel! Love their sausage!! :)

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      1. re: Dommy

        I agree with Dommy, Petrillos is great! Lots of toppings and I love their crust - not too thick and not too thin. Someone reported recently that they ordered it thin and it was really good so I have to give that a try.

        1. re: monkuboy

          Petrillos is awesome and easy to get to from LA on the weekends (just off the 10 freeway). I love the Petrillo's special.

      2. Okay, I'll probably get killed by the foodie crowd, but I've always loved Damiano Mr. Pizza. Basically lived on it in college. The crust certainly isn't thick, but it's not that wafter-thin variety either. More of a New York-style pie. Anyone know if they still make their fugazzeta?

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        1. re: Bostonbob3

          You certainly won't get killed by me. I was on Fairfax a few weeks ago and eagerly used the opportunity to pick up a slice at Damiano's for the first time in years. I thought it was excellent, with an exceptionally good thin-but-substantial crust. But be advised that the sauce is unusually sweet-tasting, at least by L.A. standards. I was quite taken aback by the almost fruity splash of my first bite, then instantly recalled how so much of the pizza I ate growing up in New York had that same tangy zing. It's still not my favorite in town - that honor would probably have to go to Zelo's - and I wouldn't go too far out of my way for it. But IMHO dear old divey Damiano's deserves to remain on the books as one of the better pizza joints in L.A.

          BTW, since we at last have a thread where thicker-crust pizzas have not been derisively excluded, I wanted to place my vote for the Sicilian pizza at Lamonica's in Westwood Village as the best of its chewy kind in SoCal. It's what I used for sustenance through grad school, and I still regularly enjoy a heaping slice of the stuff (when my arteries permit).

        2. I know I sound like a broken record but I LOVE Pizza Buona and Pizza Paul. I can't choose between the two. It's more like..."am I in the mood for beer or wine or booze tonight?" Just depends on which way the wind blows. But, whatever direction you go, you can't miss with PB or PP.

          1. My absolute favorites. (In no particular order.)

            Cheech's Pizza on Hillhurst in Silver Lake. Really good basic cheese Pizza. Crust, sauce and cheese all top notch and made there. (Well, not the cheese.)

            Add to that the best toppings, and VIOLA! Great price too! The menu prices are reasonable and better yet when the prices are for TWO pizzas.

            Cheech's Pizza
            2116 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA

            In the South Bay I was really suprised by the great Pizza at Wildflour Boston Pizza. Amazing crust and sauce with really good toppings make it one of my top two. Also they have a really crisp antipasto salad. If there are 2 of you order the SMALL! I also enjoy the spaghetti. Nothing gourmet nor fancy, just a good flavor and generous portion.

            Wildflour Boston Pizza
            2512 Pacific Coast Hwy, At Artesia Blvd.
            Hermosa Beach, CA

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            1. re: Wes

              Is that the same "Cheech's Pizza" that just opened in Burbank?

              1. re: jackattack

                Nope, I asked them and they said they are the only one.

                The other one is called Cheech's Pizza Joint so I can see the confusion.

              2. re: Wes

                Hillhurst in Silver Lake?

                1. re: bza

                  Fairly sure, Just a few blocks South of Los Feliz and North of the Magnificant Vista Theatre at Sunset and Hillhurst. It could be called Los Feliz area. ?

                  The area names vary a lot in a few files.

                  It's across the street from Mexico City restaurant, which I DO NOT recommend!

                  1. re: Wes

                    That's very much the center of Los Feliz. A good five minute drive from Silver Lake.

                2. re: Wes

                  I recently went to Wildflour Boston Pizza and I wasn't impressed. I thought the pizza was just okay, nothing great. And it's a very thin crust, so I don't think it's quite what the original poster was looking for.

                3. i love the pizza rosa at palermo on vermont in los feliz.

                  1. I love BRAVO PIZZARIA on main street in santa monica. I used to be a big Abbots lover but Bravo won me over. It is REALLY good and basic too.

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                    1. I second Damiano's and Dagwoods is great on the westside for convenient delivery but still high quality.

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                      1. re: chrisrass

                        Where is Damiano's? I checked Yelp and couldn't locate it.

                        1. re: bringiton

                          Alas Damiano's is no more. They had two locations and delivered any where in the city. Used to get delivery at 4:00am to Brentwood.

                          RIP, Mr. Pizza!

                        1. re: jessiebelle

                          i won't touch jacopo's. no mention of antica here? so much depends upon what one is looking for, as there are different kinds of great pizza, as many know...

                        2. Carmine's in South Pasadena is the best in my book. Their regular crust is thick. Whatever you order, be sure to get it cooked well done. BTW, their soups are excellent as well.

                          1. Any thin crust pizza in Long Beach?

                            1. I agree about Jacapo's--awful.

                              Although it's got MY in the title Johnny's NY Pizza, with locations in Venice, Sherman Oaks, Century City and mid_Wilshire is not paper thin and some of the best in LA.

                              But nothing beats a slice from Joe's in The Village, sad to say. LA may have plenty of pizzerias, but the lack of quality joints is notable for a city our size.

                              1. Albano's on melrose (west of highland) is the best pizza i have found in LA and I have tried and tried every pie out there.

                                1. Damiano's Mr. Pizza is the best out there. About 8 months ago thery were given a 'C' rating, but I still frequented the place.

                                  I suggest you get pizza and stay away from the other things like the salad.

                                  1. Someone a few posts up mentioned Antica Pizzeria. I went there over the summer and was disgusted by the quattro stagione I ordered. It might have been the worst pizza I've ever had.

                                    1. I on the other hAnd am looking for an ultra paper thin pizza! Which would you recommend?

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                                        1. re: duck55

                                          For me Vito's is best NY style in town.

                                      1. if any one is still looking for thick pizza, how about Hollywood Pies? ive been curious but it seems so heavy...and why are there no dates on the comments? the original post is 8 years old and i cant tell when any other comments were....wassup wid dat?

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                                        1. re: lapizzamaven

                                          been a while but a lot less than 8 years since I had it but a serviceable local facsimile of the lou malnati's style pie, cheese and layer of sausage on top of crust then sauce...pretty tasty. you won't get hurt -- give it a shot.

                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            what is under the sauce? bread, or something else?

                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                              lots of meat, a whole layer of sausage, and cheese, crust same thickness essentially as sides

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                Yes and you can do veggies and no meat also...

                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                  wiener that the joint on rosecran's right ??????

                                                  i may have to try it for dinner for tonight.

                                                  and if i'm feeling bad, i'll devour the whole thing.

                                                2. re: jessejames

                                                  And how many people does that monster feed?

                                              2. re: wienermobile

                                                OMG, that is gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing that glorious photo. I have to get there. Like now!

                                                1. re: Beverly_Hills_Bites

                                                  Always order ahead as the pizzas can take as long as 45 minutes. At lunch they sell pre cooked slices.

                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                    Thanks, wienermobile! I didn't know they sell precooked slices.

                                                2. re: wienermobile

                                                  that pie looks-fucking-Amazing. I just showed the pic to my coworkers and they all simultaneously said "LETS GO!"

                                                  I think Masa has something to lose sleep over

                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                    Is that across the street from Grimaldi's?

                                                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                      ….almost across the street. It's in the Bristol Farms shopping center.

                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                        Wow, I could get a Grimaldi's and a deep dish in the same trip... My new pizza Mecca??

                                                    2. re: wienermobile

                                                      Wow. Have you eaten at Zachary's or Little Star in San Francisco? If so, how does this compare? I went to Masa with high hopes and really thought it sucked. And I'm not a big fan of Hollywood Pies.

                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                        Great rec!! My clan went to Grimaldi's... I sat there with my hand in my lap, watching the pizza get devoured, starving, so that I could go across the street and get a Union pie to go. Been dying to try it since your recommendation.

                                                        Totally worth it!! Got "The Village" with pepperoni, sausage, smoked ham and mushroom. Crazy filling and two slices did me in.

                                                        They claim "ALL our meats and toppings are 100% natural and nitrite free! " (though I'm sure it has nitrate laden concentrated celery juice) so $26 for a really hefty pie with top notch ingredients was worth it!

                                                      2. Here is what a slice of Union Pizza looks like...

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                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                          If like me, you want just cheese, light sauce and maybe sausage or pepperoni, what happens to the rest of the "space" on that pizza? The crust looks so good, I want to drive out there and get one.

                                                        2. Gjelina's "Pomodoro" with burrata is pretty damn near perfect. And that's coming from a recent NYC transplant...