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Sep 13, 2006 08:22 AM

Pizza in OC

Any tips for excellent pizza in Laguna Beach/Newport Beach/Irvine/Costa Mesa/Hunt. Beach area?

Both American pizza parlor style (thick and piled high with toppings) and Italian-style (thin and crispy) appreciated.

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  1. Al's New York Cafe on Irvine Ave just south of 17th St in CM is very good, as you would expect NY style pizza, they've got it by the slice or as whole pies. I love their "white" pizza which is a specialty of theirs. Try it, you'll like it !

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    1. re: mikester

      Als NY Cafe serves good pizza, but its almost strictly for takeout because the place is VERY small with only a couple of cheap tables and chairs inside.

    2. Haus of Pizza
      1500 Adams Ave Ste 108
      Costa Mesa, CA 92626
      714 751 8777

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      1. Just tried Al's based on some of your suggestions. Not even close to New York Pizza. Looking for more suggestions?

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        1. re: 212

          Yeah, good luck finding NY-style pizza in LA. I'm convinced that the problem lies not with the pizza, but with a mental block on the part of expat New Yorkers.

          It's the same problem with expat Angelenos looking for tacos in New York... even with the same ingredients cooked in the same way, there's an element of "place" that's missing. A pizza in New York has to be eaten in a crowded, bustling place with hardly any room at all to move; tacos wouldn't be the same eaten in a crowded room full of Dominicans and Puerto Ricans on a freezing-cold day.

          That said, I keep trumpetting Marri's in Anaheim, go give it a whirl. I'm sure you'll come back and tell me it's not New York pizza, but it's tasty.

          The closest I've come in LA has been Albano's, Lamonica's, or Reno's.

        2. I have not yet tried Haus of Pizza, though I've heard other recommendations for it. On the whole, I find the pizza in O.C. disappointing. There is a place on Old Newport Blvd in Costa Mesa... Napa Valley Pizza? that I tried once, and they really piled on the toppings- tons of cheese! - I thought it was quite good in a decadent sort of way, but it's in kind of an out-of-the-way location so I tend to forget it's there. Definitely worth checking out, though. Pizza Bakery on Westcliff in Newport Beach does okay. The last time I was there I was disappointed the mushrooms looked old, which seems to be the case most of the time with pizza places, but it might have just been a bad day.