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DAMIANO'S PIZZA (Fairfax) is terrible!!

Liquid Sky Aug 28, 2006 03:20 AM

I can't believe these guys have the nerve to charge me $3.50 to deliver a pizza DOWN THE STREET from them. They are the biggest SCAM!

Their pizza was not that great. Their so-called "Large Pizza" is a JOKE! Tiny slices.

HELP! Is there another WeHo pizza place that delivers the good stuff without RIPPING YOU OFF??

Much appreciated,

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    HBfoodie Aug 28, 2006 07:56 AM

    I also had a bad experience at Damianos recently. I was there last Sunday afternoon and ordered a slice of cheese pizza to be eaten there. After sitting down in one of their dirty and torn old booths I was given a slice that looked like it had been sitting out for days (I had my camera with me and took a photo of the dried-up slice because I wanted to post it here on CH, but I don't know how to do that). I took a bite and got so upset that I went up and scolded the cooks for even daring to serve a slice of that dreadful quality. I demanded another slice from one of their other pre-made pizzas and they kindly gave one to me. It was much better than the first slice but still was rather skimpy and wasn't heated enough. I left vowing never to return unless it was at 3:00am after a drunken night out and couldn't afford to walk across the street to Canters...

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    1. re: HBfoodie
      bobbyperu Aug 28, 2006 06:38 PM

      Their whole pies are fair to mediocre, but their slices sold in-store are truly awful. I think they do sit there for days.

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      deadorinjail Aug 28, 2006 05:49 PM

      1) Yes, Damiano's is awful. What did you expect?
      2) No one forced you to get delivery, especially if, as you say, you live just down the street. They are free to charge whatever they want, just as you are free not to pay it. So stop complaining.

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        jazmin Aug 28, 2006 07:49 PM

        i agree- damiano's is horrible! the service is quite awful as well. but the pizza itself is disgusting. always tastes funny to me. i don't understand how people like this place.

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        1. re: jazmin
          silence9 Aug 28, 2006 08:07 PM

          Actually easy to understand the appeal, provided that its after midnight and one has a belly (and blood system) filled with booze. The food (and the people) with whom one fraternizes in the midnight hour are often of a more dicey nature than that which one soberly chooses for consumption and companionship in the harsh light of midday...

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            PaulF Aug 28, 2006 08:08 PM

            I once went there, sat down and ordered an appetizer and a pasta.

            The appetizer came pretty quickly, but after like 45 min or an hour, the pasta didn't arrive and then we found out that the waitress had never put in the order.

            We had to leave to catch a show, so we left without our dinner. The funny thing is, I remember having to pay for the appetizer. No biggie, I guess, we ordered it and ate it. But considering we sat for an hour and never got our pasta, I'd have thought they'd apologize by waving the few bucks for the appetizer.

            I bet I haven't been there in 15 years. It's sort of gross inside, too.

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            Liquid Sky Aug 28, 2006 11:23 PM

            Thanks for listening, Guys. Are there any alternatives in the area?

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            1. re: Liquid Sky
              ITurnedOutTV Aug 28, 2006 11:35 PM

              I really like Rocco's on Wilshire, just west of Crescent Heights. We order from there about once a week and are always very happy. (We've also eaten inside the restaurant, where service is friendly and a game is always on TV.)

              The pizza is good--we like extra-thin crust with sausage, basil, and mushrooms. Antipasto salad is excellent. I also occasionally order "Leo's Carbless Ziti," which is actually like a lasagna without the noodles (lots of sauce, cheese, and meat).

              1. re: Liquid Sky
                Hackenbush Aug 29, 2006 12:49 AM

                I second the recommendation of Rocco's.

              2. David Kahn Aug 29, 2006 01:27 AM

                I think Angeli Caffe (http://www.angelicaffe.com/menu.html ) delivers in that area, and I think their pizza is pretty good. You might also try Village Pizzeria on Larchmont (http://www.villagepizzeria.net/index2... ) which is quite good, I think, but I'm not sure if they'll deliver west of La Brea.

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                  Liquid Sky Aug 29, 2006 02:01 AM


                  1. NeNePie Aug 29, 2006 03:47 AM

                    Pizza quality aside, how much do you think it ought to cost in order for them to cover the cost of the driver's pay, gas, insurance, and wear and tear on the car? It's a business ... they're in it to make money by providing a service. To put it another way, If you're so close, why didn't you pick it up ... too much hassle? That's why they charge for it. It's a business.

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                      jlq3d3 Aug 29, 2006 05:12 AM

                      If its late and your Hungry around the Fairfax area, go to Canter's. I think the food is just average and overpriced even, but its much better and cleaner than that dump Damiano's. Their blintz's and bakery items are actually quite good.

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                        Liquid Sky Nov 17, 2006 03:23 AM

                        Just wanted to say THANKS to all those who recommended Rocco's Pizza on Wilshire to me.

                        After my Damiano's fiasco, I was happy to find out that Rocco's was: friendly, fast and free delivery... awesome!

                        Village Pizzeria, unfortuantely, does not deliver to my area. But I think I will continue having a great relationship with Rocco's.


                        1. SauceSupreme Nov 17, 2006 05:29 AM

                          You know, whenever I'm hungry and I happen upon Canters, whatever I was craving gets transmogrified in my head to be "mazzo ball soup"

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                            davidara Nov 17, 2006 04:07 PM

                            i stopped going there years ago. I use to be a regular but have you noticed you NEVER NEVER NEVER get the same waiter, or waitress? the turnover is HUGE. Ive heard the owner is a real @$$hole.

                            Way too expensive for cardboard with GOBs of cheese on it. I know cheese taste good, but dont put me into my grave with it. Jeez.

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                              Mike Z Nov 17, 2006 04:57 PM

                              Been watching this thread for a while, and I have to say I am a fan of Damiano's. I have been going there for three or four years, and I have never noticed any unusual turnover in the staff. Two of the cashiers have been there the whole time... That being said, the service ranges from ok to poor.

                              And I must say that one of the things I like most about the pizza is the balance of ingredients. I have never found it to be over-cheesed, especially as compared to almost anything else I have had in LA.

                              It really never is good delivered. But the only pizza I have ever liked delivered was a cornmeal crust one from Mozzerella di Buffalo in San Francisco. And even that was a shadow of what it was like to eat it fresh from the oven.

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                                Adsvino Nov 17, 2006 06:00 PM

                                Totally agree with Mike Z, love the place. Yes, the service sucks, but anyone who goes through the trouble of finding great pizza in LA will not be turned off by bad service.

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                                  belladre Nov 30, 2006 09:29 PM

                                  It is the only place that I know of in Los Angeles where you can get carciofi fritti (fried artichokes) at 3 am!!!

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                                    flproject Jan 3, 2007 02:09 AM

                                    I love Damiano's! I am about to pick up a few slices.

                                    I even frequented the establishment when it had a big red C in its window.

                                    A few things I've learned:

                                    1. Always pick up. Delivery ruins the pizza, it adds an extra $4.00 to the total, and it can take over an hour to arrive.

                                    2. The best size to get is the extra large. These slices are the same as the single slices they sell. This is the New York size pizza. The best.

                                    3. If you phone your order in get there BEFORE its ready. When the pizzas are waiting to be picked up they place them on top of the oven in their box - the same as sitting in a delivery bag. This ruins the pizza!

                                    1. Chowpatty Jan 3, 2007 03:23 AM

                                      I don't go there often, because I don't live in the area, and it is decidedly not pleasant to eat inside the restaurant.
                                      But last year I did a pizza tasting for an article and tasted over a dozen pizzas, from Petrillo's to D'Amore's to Casa Bianca to Cheebo to Pitfire to Antica Pizzeria and Damiano's was the hands-down winner, especially in the New York-style category. A few other times I've been places where they've had Damiano's delivered and everyone commented that it's the best crust they've had. I like La Buca but their crust isn't right -- Damiano's seems to get it right.

                                      1. julietg Jan 3, 2007 04:08 AM

                                        Dear OP

                                        Please do not listen to anyone who puts you down for getting delivery. It should not take you putting your shoes on, fighting traffic, finding parking, waiting in line, fighting traffic again, and finding parking again to be able to eat pizza in front of your TV. This is America, for godsakes.

                                        I'm interested in the delivery-ruins-the-pizza argument, though. In my house, we reheat (takeout, since the only delivery IMA is Dominos) slices on parchment paper in the oven.

                                        Did you reheat your delivered pie, or eat it straight out of the delivery guys' hands?

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                                          sheshelala Jan 3, 2007 08:42 AM

                                          Love Damiano's! For those that pick up pizza at Damiano's where on earth do you park? I can never find a meter! I used to park at out of the closet but they've fenced it off.

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                                          1. re: sheshelala
                                            flproject Jan 3, 2007 06:04 PM

                                            I always park next to the metered spots, which are usually taken. This way you will be right next to the door of Damiano's.

                                            Throw on your hazard lights and run in.

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                                              petradish Jan 3, 2007 07:46 PM

                                              I like Damiano's pizza quite a bit (Mulberry St. too). Good sauce (not too sweet or herbal), just enough cheese (don't get the gobs comment above), and a simple thin crust. Actually like the dark room as well. Downside is sometimes you wait 45 minutes for your pizza in the dining room.

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                                              loganfilm Jan 3, 2007 12:12 PM

                                              I just can't believe anyone went to Damiano's sober...
                                              I think that sums it up just fine.

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                                                Eating Machine Mar 20, 2008 08:30 PM

                                                I was just trying to get Damiano's number on the internet when I ended up reading these scary comments. I was so terrified of the bad dirty pizza with the big bad delivery charge and the super long wait that I called that Rocco's place. You people are powerful. Now I am waiting for an hour for some food from a place that doesn't have torn booths. Just enough time to join this ChowHound site and tell you all about it. You better hope Rocco's rocks because I'm starving and i have a user name and password.

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                                                1. re: Eating Machine
                                                  Eating Machine Mar 21, 2008 05:22 PM

                                                  Large sausage and spinach. It was good and still warm. Antipasto salad. Good too. Everyone was pleased. NB: everyone was starving so there may be bias in the rating.

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                                                  Hackenbush Mar 21, 2008 05:53 PM

                                                  I don't know how this thread came back to life after being dormant for so long but I'll just say I've always enjoyed the food from Damiano's. I haven't always enjoyed the service, which seems to cause every order to arrive with something missing.

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