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Aug 9, 2006 07:30 PM

Repost:Barones Italian

Originally posted:on Aug 05, 2006 1:24 PM

Requesting size-up/reviews on Barones since it reopened. Better, worse or the same since it reopened?

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  1. Here are some comments, yet not much has been said since.

    1. I know the food is mediocre at best, but I have a very soft spot in my heart for Barone's. I spent a lot of Friday & Saturday nights there in my adolescence (boyfriend loved it). In fact, I saw the moon landing on the TV in their bar! So, I gotta go - & I kinda like the pizza anyway. Glad to hear they're back (if farther away).

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      1. re: sherpa50

        I've lived in the Valley for 24 years, and have never been in either location, and look forward to keeping it that way, based on the comments of friends.

        1. re: carter

          Their pizza was really good, back in 1957 or 1958 when I had it. Really, not kidding, that was one of my first tastes of pizza that I can recollect, simple cheese pizza, one of those memories that you can never replicate, my parents served the Barones pies at a fancy party.

          So I always read these Barones threads with bitter-sweet nostalgia, and I don't have enough guts to go there now, I am sure it won't be the same, and I don't want to ruin a good memory.

          1. re: ChinoWayne

            Not to worry, the pizza is still ace!

            I've been going to Barone's for a few years and now that it's (literally) around the corner from my house, I've been going there a lot. I was worried about the quality, but all my fears were assuaged when I took a bite of their cheese pizza. :)

            1. re: ray9x

              I'll tell you, I'd rather have a cheese pie from Barone's than one of those God-awful "seven assorted things on a pizza crust" creations from Caioti Pizza Cafe, any day.

              That said, I can think of ten places with better pizza than Barone's without leaving Sherman Oaks/Studio City.

              (Disclaimer: I haven't been to the new Barone's.)

      2. I was a big fan of the pizza at the Toluca Lake location. Tried the new place and it did not disappoint. Their pizza is unique, especially the crust. It really different from any other pizza I have had. Yes, I have had better pizza, but this one reminds me of pizza in Italy a little bit, simple crust, modest amount of sauce and not overloaded with toppings. I am not into the 7 topping monsters. I like to taste the crust. I prefer a nice balance between crust, sauce and toppings. I always get 1/2 cheese and 1/2 pepperoni. My advise is to keep it simple. Other people have reported that the sausage is good as well. Try it. A true chowhound doesn’t solely rely on what other people think, I mean you have people here saying that In-n-Out is the worst burger in LA. :)

        1. I've tried Barones a few times and just don't like their pizza. For me it's the sauce, it tastes bitter to me and the simple topping ingredients do not provide enough contrast to override the awful aftertaste. A few of my friends are zealots about Barones, but I just don't get it.

          1. FYI, I tried to make a reservation for tonight and was told that the place is closed for renovation.

            Surprising, since they obviously just opened in that location and did quite a bit of work before moving in.

            They didn't say when they'd be re-opening.

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            1. re: okie

              I called the restaurant just now - it turns out they are only closed Monday and today for minor repairs.

              They say they'll be back open tomorrow.