albanos tastes great- just look out for the bugs. i had a really bad experience there with an ugly looking creature.
domianos- personally, i think it's gross. i grew up in NY on pizza, so i'm pretty picky. i don't know what exactly is wrong with it- maybe it's the sauce i don't like.
i recall Berries on third near la cienega being pretty good.
i've been to mulberry's twice and thought it was great, but i have not been there in years, so maybe it's changed.
If you're having a poker night, the Brooklyn style pizza with pepperoni slides down with just enough authenticity to taste good. And if you go grab a slice at the counter and read the copy of the Post laying there, it's good.
If you're looking to treat a pizza dinner as a religious ceremony, it's probably going to come up short. But then again, if you went into Joe's Pizza at 6th and Bleecker, or any of the greasy NYC pizza-by-the-slice joints and expect miraculous pizza, you're missing the point.
Stick with basic slices and it's solid. The lasagna slice with meatballs and ricotta works pretty good, too.
Ahh, MULBERRY . . . you once had a veritable monopoly on NY-style thin crust in looks, flavor and attitude. But paraphrasing Public Enemy, you started to believe your own hype and others passed you by.
Decent, but the last few times I was there, it was horribly underdone and had to be sent back.
Whaddya nuts? It's BH.
For me, the saving grace. I enjoy the casual walk-up; the friendly staff who love regulars; the counter seat and a few hot slices and a cream soda while reading The Post and/or Daily News. (Beverly Dr. location)
As for LA's best NY-style, in this pizza maven's (I've had 'em all -- or at least, most of 'em) humble opinion:
1. SLICE OF NY. Seal Beach. Da best. End of story.
2. VILLAGE. Larchmont. Very good but, a notch below great.
3. TOMATO PIE. Melrose. More Joisey style. A solid, good but unspectacular slice.
As for the nightclubbers opening in SaMo; it makes perfect sense. After all, when those folks come stumbling out of their parties, what better early-morning replinsher than a quick, hot slice? If it's anything like the monstrosity that recently opened on Sunset Strip, I can tell you that I won't be a fan at all. At $5 a slice, someone's looking to make their high mortgage payments but it won't come from me.
Do not listen to any of these people who dis Mulberry Street! Native New Yorker here. I adore Mulberry Street. A: they have excellent thin crust pizza by the slice. B: you can sit at the counter and read the Post. I don't know if she still has ownership interest, but she used to and once Cathy Moriarty took my order.
What's not to like?
One caveat -- I ALWAYS go to the location on Canon.
Mulberry Street is very good but also very overrated. Their overpriced pizza is indeed tasty and seems to be made with good-quality ingredients. But I'm always astonished when people tell me they think it's the closest thing to NY pizza we have in LA, a claim that IMHO has always been preposterous on its face. Anyone who wants something that represents a typical NY slice would be much better directed to Lamonica's in Westwood Village.
I like Damiano's as well, but find its sauce noticeably sweeter than on a typical NY pizza.
Again, I think Lamonica's most resembles the standard NY slice. I'm not saying it's the best, just the most similar to what you'd expect to find throughout the five boroughs. And Lamonica's is the one-and-only place I've found in LA where you can get a worthy slice of Sicilian.