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Best Pizza?? Not Paper Thin Crust Either

ewrohde Aug 9, 2006 05:08 PM

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.

  1. ipsedixit Aug 9, 2006 05:12 PM

    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. Dommy Aug 9, 2006 05:20 PM

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

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      1. re: Dommy
        monkuboy Aug 9, 2006 07:21 PM

        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.

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        Bostonbob3 Aug 9, 2006 06:48 PM

        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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          Arthur Aug 9, 2006 07:14 PM

          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).

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          mssreatalot Aug 9, 2006 07:02 PM

          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.

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            Wes Aug 9, 2006 08:49 PM

            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
              jackattack Aug 9, 2006 09:27 PM

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

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                Wes Aug 9, 2006 10:00 PM

                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
                bza Aug 9, 2006 09:27 PM

                Hillhurst in Silver Lake?

                1. re: bza
                  Wes Aug 9, 2006 10:05 PM

                  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
                    bza Aug 9, 2006 10:45 PM

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

                2. re: Wes
                  Nicole Aug 9, 2006 10:33 PM

                  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.

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                  scuzm Aug 9, 2006 09:04 PM

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

                  1. Amanda Enclade Aug 9, 2006 09:39 PM

                    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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                      chrisrass Aug 9, 2006 10:54 PM

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

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                        jessiebelle Aug 10, 2006 01:02 AM


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                          epop Aug 10, 2006 06:20 AM

                          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. WildSwede Aug 10, 2006 02:14 PM

                          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.

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                            vityusha Oct 17, 2006 01:41 AM

                            Any thin crust pizza in Long Beach?

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                              globalgourmet Oct 17, 2006 05:07 AM

                              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.

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                                curlyroons Oct 20, 2006 04:57 AM

                                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.

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                                  flproject Oct 20, 2006 07:42 AM

                                  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.

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                                    blk Oct 20, 2006 04:34 PM

                                    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.

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