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Echo Park/Silver Lake pizza spots

dgonzale80 Sep 23, 2006 12:03 AM

I've been wanting pizza all week long!! I'm going out tonight on a little datey-date and I thought I'd hit up the chowhounds for some advice on where to grab a good pie on the east side.

I've had the Chicago-style pizza at Masa before and I thought it was great, but I'm looking for something a little less heavy. Oh yeah, and desserts, too :)

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    bethshax Jan 17, 2007 04:16 AM

    Hard Times. Sausage and Feta pizza. Masa of Echo Park has a thin crust pizza with some fancy toppings that is a great starter for the table... try the breakfast one. But for fold in half NY style pizza, Hard Times is far superior to Nicky D's IMO.

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    1. re: bethshax
      Silver Lake Guy Apr 30, 2007 03:58 PM

      Just walked by Hard Times yesterday. Got a "C". FYI.

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      byoskit Dec 29, 2006 04:01 PM

      Well, we tried Michelangelo for delivery right after my previous post. It was fine for "authentic" Italian pizza, which is to say very thin & crispy crust with very minimal toppings & sauce. Considering pizza is an Italian-American invention, I've never been that impressed with the Euro versions. Again, Michelangelo's was fine and they were very nice on the phone, but $40 for a pizza and salad that barely fed 2 people seems pretty steep. I'll try eating there sometime, but not for pizza.

      As for the place in Atwater on Los Feliz Blvd, I do like that it's dirt cheap, but it is absolutely on par with Dominos. Umm...no.

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      1. re: byoskit
        Devourer May 1, 2007 11:44 AM

        Just for the sake of accuracy, although many cultures "invented" a bread with toppings dish, people in Naples were the first to use tomato sauce (and arguably, the first to create what we recognize today as "pizza"). So, pizza isn't so much an Italian-American invention, as a culinary tradition brought over to the US.

        If you ever get the chance to eat a pizza in Naples, I highly recommend trying it out. It's a far cry from the cheese and topping ladden creations you get from Domino's or Pizza Hut (I like them all).

        Michelangelo's isn't bad. The crust is thin, and I didn't have a problem with toppings scarcity the few times i've been. Their pasta dishes are excellent. The only real problem I have is the parking situation is a pain. I seem to recall that Michelangelo's doesn't serve alcohol, but there's a store just across the street where you can pick up some wine and have it with your meal. I don't think there's a corkage fee, either, but my memory is a bit hazy on that one.

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          WildSwede May 1, 2007 03:56 PM

          I love the soup and pizzas at Michelangelo's (and the owner ain't half bad to look at, either!). Whatever happend to the rumored Michelangelo's II in Eagle Rock?

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        will47 Dec 16, 2006 02:16 AM

        I second the Pizza Buona recommendation. As an (admittedly non-cheese-eating) east coaster, I am pretty picky about my pizza. Pizza Buona doesn't quite nail it, but damn close. Plus, they have been there forever, don't take cards, and have the right "feel" (well maybe not for a date, depending on who you're taking out). And they'll even deliver or let you get beer to go. Basically every east coast person I know who has gone there likes it; other folks may or may not.

        There's a place in Atwater Village up on Los Feliz Blvd, near the Roost / India Spice etc. that isn't too bad either, and has a great NJ pizzeria type vibe (fake brick walls and all).

        I haven't tried Nicky D's, but I've seen the pizza from there, and it's not really my style. And don't even bother going to Hard Times if you like NY style pizza.

        Lamonicas (one downtown and one in Westwood, so not in the area requested, though the downtown one is close) imports their dough, and isn't half bad either. It doesn't seem to agree with my system, though. There's another place downtown on 8th street that I've seen good reviews of (including here), but I wasn't really that impressed.

        Also not in the area, but I've heard pretty good things about Mulberry Street Pizzeria in BH; haven't been there myself yet.

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        1. re: will47
          ermanno Dec 27, 2006 02:02 PM

          il capriccio wood fire pizzeria will open January 10 2007

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          byoskit Dec 16, 2006 12:36 AM

          I'm new here & don't want to ruffle any feathers, but I'd like to hear about good pizza in the Silver Lake area from those of you who are not Nicky D's fans. I mean, it's fine & all, but hardly exceptional. Their sauce is nothing special & the crust is always soaked to the point of falling apart (eat-in as well as delivery). And clam pizza?? I'm not exactly a pizza purist, but WTF?
          Is Michelangelo comparable, better, worse? Please help me save the time, cash & calories!

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            RampantOctopus.com Apr 30, 2007 02:30 PM

            I'm with you on that note bud. Here's where I'm at-- Nicky D's is great for salad but just ok for pizza. Pizza Buona is too skanky to bother with. Cheech's is cheap and good for the price, but they don't sling a great pie. Palermo's is an interesting side exploration-- I've got to say that their Onions and Peppers pizza is great-- the rest, I'm not such a fan of though. Living in Atwater Village, Hard Times is the closest place to grab a tasty slice or to get a pie delivered from, but that's only if I want GREASY NY style.

            All that said, for me personally, I think that Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock is the single best pizza joint I've encountered in the states. I've liked everything I've had there, though their pepperoni isn't my favorite, I'd say that their basic cheese pizza +garlic as a topping pizza is possibly the best pie I've had in my entire life. I've lived all over and I've never before thought so much of a pizza place-- just beware-- it's cash only, the lines can be insane, and they are closed on Sun and Mon. If you haven't been, I have to recommend it. Oh yeah, and whatever you get, add garlic-- it's really amazing.

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              Chowpatty Apr 30, 2007 03:30 PM

              Octopus, have you tried Capriccio Pizzeria yet? I've had a few good ones there, particularly with a broccoli rabe topping.

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                rampantoctopus May 1, 2007 08:14 AM

                Not yet... actually I wasn't aware that it had opened yet until I was reading here yesterday. Checking out il Capriccio's pizza on the top of my list... I just have to be careful introducing the idea to my gf-- if I say the name first she'll get excited and want to go to the il on Vermont for lasagna.

                Thanks for the tip-- I'll have to get the rabe on half-- I always like to try plain cheese (or something standard) the first time I try a new pizza place.

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                  DanaB May 1, 2007 11:54 AM

                  I've had Il Capriccio pizza a couple of times since they opened, and I have to say, I've been pleasantly surprised. The crust is really nice -- thin, crisp but with the right amount of chewiness. The cheese pizza is good (they have both a "margherita" made with bufala mozzarella and a "margherita americana" which is made with regular mozzarella) but my favorites so far have been the "Emigliana," which is made with spinach, garlic, tomato sauce and mozzarella; and the "Capricciosa," which is made with mushroom, artichoke, proscuitto, tomato sauce and mozzarella. It's become my go-to place for pizza in the area (I think it's tastier than Nicki D's, Michaelangelo, or Farfalla and worlds better than Hard Times).

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            Silverlaker Sep 23, 2006 10:22 PM

            Il Cappricio Pizza is suppose to open this month (an off-shoot of the restaurant on Vermont Ave) -- anyone hear anything?

            Another option is Louisa's in Los Feliz -- I know it's a chain, but it's Silverlake Jake, you can't be picky with your delivery options (there's not that many of 'em in these parts). Last night we ordered the vegie pizza which we really enjoy (it's on the thick side) and got the chopped salad which is really good.

            P.S. We also order from michelangelo's a lot -- they have two sizes, we usually split the larger size and get a salad. Another thing we do is split the smaller pizza and also a pasta -- they deliver and are very nice. Love the bean soup as well!

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            1. re: Silverlaker
              fexley Sep 25, 2006 11:22 PM

              I drive by the Il Cappricio pizza storefront almost every day and have yet to see any work being done. Must be delayed for some reason. I adore the main Il Cappricio on Vermont but have never tried the pizza. Is it good stuff?

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                DanaB Dec 16, 2006 12:41 AM

                They don't have pizza on the menu at Il Cappricio on Vermont. The pizza off-shoot is a new direction they've been wanting to take for a while.

                The Il Cappricio website has a little teaser on the concept and plan for the Il Cappricio Pizzeria:


                1. re: fexley
                  ermanno Dec 27, 2006 02:04 PM

                  il capriccio wood fire pizzeria will open January 10 2007

              2. Bon Vivant Sep 23, 2006 06:47 PM

                If you like thin crispy pizza I would recommend Michelangelo Pizzeria on Silver Lake Blvd. - 1637 to be exact. I believe that they only serve individual size pizzas but they may have large as well.

                Every time that I've gotten the pizza there I have liked it; I usually get delivery and they are quite good so I can imagine how good they are right out of the oven.

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                  Suebee Sep 23, 2006 10:08 PM

                  They actually do make a great very thin and crispy crust.

                2. Suebee Sep 23, 2006 05:01 PM

                  In case you're still wondering, I prefer to drive a little further out of the hood to Larchmont Village and get a pie from Village Pizzeria. IMHO, absolutely the best pizza in town. The owner's a transplant from Brooklyn and makes some seriously good pies.


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                    eriny Sep 23, 2006 04:04 PM

                    Nicky D's Pizza in Silver Lake is kinda cozy, they have ice cream for dessert--don't know about anything else. It's woodfired pizza and quite delicious. You could always go to Blair's across the street for dessert afterwards. Nicky D's is on Rowena.

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                      Briggs Sep 23, 2006 05:16 PM

                      Actually it's not ice cream but gelato. And they have a nice patio. I'm fan of both Nicky D's & Larchmont Pizza, with the edge to Nicky's. However with Larchmont you can walk around afterwards (if it's light enough and ahopS are still open), and check out dessert elsewhere.

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                        dgonzale80 Sep 25, 2006 11:14 PM

                        Thanks for the tip! We went to Nicky D's and tried the garlic clam (red sauce) pizza. The thin style pizza is a nice change of pace (and it's easy to not feel as bad when you eat half the pizza as compared to, say, a Chicago-style pizza!). We split a cannoli for dessert. Yummy.

                      2. nater Sep 23, 2006 12:47 AM

                        I have no idea about desserts there, but Pizza Buona on Sunset in Echo Park is pretty good NY-style pizza.

                        I'm not sure I would go on a first date there, though. It's pretty much a cheap pizza parlor inside.

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