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katodell Nov 9, 2006 07:34 PM

Who makes the best pizza in west hollywood/hollywood????

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  1. Das Ubergeek Nov 9, 2006 07:46 PM

    My vote's Albano's, on Melrose.

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      ashlee May 16, 2007 05:54 PM

      I agree...and am so bummed they closed the Studio City location. It was walking distance. On the other hand, maybe it's for the best!!! :)

    2. kingkong5 Nov 9, 2006 09:03 PM

      I'm thinking when Mozza opens in a couple weeks that should be right up there with the best. I saw a picture of their pizza and it was sick! (in a good way)

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        elizabt Nov 10, 2006 06:18 AM

        I would ditto Albano's. Thin, crusty crust, foldable, NY style. Had the Il Mozza pizza last Sunday. It is delicious and the toppings are great: not run of the mill. The only thing I noticed is that the pizza staff's timing of the pizza is still a bit uneven, so the texture of the crust can vary. I have no doubt that will be fixed.

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          ogcook Dec 28, 2006 09:16 PM

          Just moved here from Brooklyn and have been looking for good pizza. I tried albanos which I thought was mediocre - the crust was completely flat like a board and not very flavorful, sauce and cheese were bland. Definitely NOT representative of NY/Brooklyn style pizza! I thought Village Pizzeria on larchmont was okay if you order it extra-crispy. My absolutely favorite so far is the pizza at Cheebo. They have excellent topping combos and their dough is REALLY flavorful. Haven't been to Mozza yet but probably looking to go when the hype dies down a bit.

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            frugalgourmet May 14, 2007 11:46 AM

            Give Vitto a try and let us know.

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            Babette Dec 28, 2006 09:40 PM

            Angeli Caffe, Mozza.

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              Obessed Dec 28, 2006 11:29 PM

              Ditto Albano's. Closest thing I've found to NY pizza! I've read really mixed things about Mozza, but I'm willing try it once.

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                Adsvino Dec 28, 2006 11:50 PM

                2 words: Mister Damiano

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                  HungryInHancock Dec 28, 2006 11:54 PM

                  Village Pizza on Larchmont. Yum!

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                    yrpoison Dec 29, 2006 02:30 AM

                    While Mozza was amazing, Damiano on Fairfax gets the call when I need a pizza delivered.

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                      ogcook Jan 8, 2007 06:28 PM

                      Thanks for the Damiano's tip. Went there and they have a great slice! Can't wait to go back.

                      1. Hypnotic23 Jan 8, 2007 08:04 PM

                        Is the studio city location of Albano's the same as the Hollywood location?

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                            Das Ubergeek Jan 13, 2007 12:15 PM

                            Well, no, one's in Studio City and one's in Hollywood. :-P But yes, they're both owned by the same folks. :)

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                              ashlee May 16, 2007 05:54 PM

                              the studio city location closed a few months ago.

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                              jjtomko3 Jan 8, 2007 10:17 PM

                              Mozza is great but hard to get into. I concur re Cheebo...great crust--chewy and flavorful--and good toppings. I particularly like the sausage and fennel.

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                                ogcook Jan 10, 2007 05:05 AM

                                oooo yes, the sausage and fennel pizza at Cheeba is so good. I tried the wild mushroom pizza which was excellent as well.

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                                jimmyodonnell Jan 9, 2007 01:11 AM

                                Damiano's on Farfax . . . pizza is great, service in the past has been horrible. I suggest takeout, if you sit around there you're taking your chances. Another note, they have an extra-large which is the size of the pizzas on the slice counter . . . but it's not listed on the menu (at least it didn't use to be) . . . you can ask for the x-large, it's a couple dollars more but substantially bigger than their large.

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                                  jazmin Jan 12, 2007 05:24 PM

                                  Maury's pizza (i believe they changed their name to rainforest something...) on the corner of gardner and sunset was amazing (actually just across the street and half a block away from cheebo). i thought it was even better than albanos.

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                                    chocolatelover Jan 12, 2007 08:36 PM

                                    Maury's is excellent. Love the sesame seed crust!

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                                      MisterZ Jan 12, 2007 09:56 PM

                                      Maybe it's just me, but I am really bothered by Rainforest Pizza(1449 N Gardner St, formerly Maury's). I live a couple blocks away on Fountain and I avoided this place for a year before I finally gave in. Probably something about the decor. It just bothers me when a pizza place has generic pictures of food on their overhead menu. I feel like they're trying too hard. The crust and the taste of the sauce just didn't do it for me.

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                                        kproq323 Jan 13, 2007 07:16 AM

                                        Albano's is pretty good. But I actually have to say that I quite enjoyed a slice from Tomato Pie on Melrose across the street from Fairfax high. The ownership changed and it reminds me of my favorite pizza place (Pizza Luca) in the west village in NYC. Very fresh and thin crisp crust. Love the seasoning of the sauce.

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                                          LAFoodGirl Jan 13, 2007 07:22 AM

                                          Mozza is fantastic for the restaurant experience, but if you're just looking for a great slice, you can't beat Village Pizza on Larchmont or Mulberry Street in Beverly Hills.

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                                            JLinLA Mar 17, 2007 06:56 PM

                                            La Bucca on Melrose at Wilton I think... cant be beaten for proper Italian PIzza. They do take out too (no delivery I dont think) so remember that because getting a rez at one of their 8 tables is ofter tough.

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                                              lil mikey Mar 17, 2007 08:50 PM

                                              Did they ever open up the new space? I drove by last night and it looked like it wasn't open. They've been seemingly working on it forever.

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                                              sebastianxx Mar 18, 2007 08:35 AM

                                              Sunday night ritual indulgence: Pop in a DVD, tuck into a Damiano's Meatball Pizza with sliced tomatoes and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper and a bottle of Leffe beer. Freakin' A.

                                              1. SauceSupreme Mar 18, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                From the looks of things, wouldn't Vito's be the best?

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                                                  barno Mar 18, 2007 12:14 PM

                                                  Move west to Beverly Hills and try Mulberry Street for genuine NY pizza. Richie trucks his water in from NY due to the fact that alkalinity of water is different and makes the dough taste more like east coast dough. Always crowded, but worth it, and real NY pizza.

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                                                    djquinnc Mar 18, 2007 12:21 PM

                                                    I frequent Damiano's, Mozza, Angeli, and Albano's - all of them have their well deserved merits for a variety of unique reasons.

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                                                      bite bite Mar 18, 2007 12:37 PM

                                                      Another fan of Damiano's -- although agree the service is bizarrely bad at points. Pace in Laurel Canyon is als v. tastey in a different, more fancy-ish (but not too fancy) California direction, esp their mushroom (aka 'mystic' pizza) -- organic incredients, tastey, chewy crust.

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                                                        megalope May 16, 2007 05:23 PM

                                                        I like Vito's as well! The goat cheese pizza looks really tasty to me. Photo attached.

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