Pines of Rome in Los Angeles
The Washington DC area is not necessarily noted for its Italian food. But there's a gem in Bethesda, Maryland called Pines of Rome that has unique pizzas, great white pizza and tasty, fresh traditional Italian fare. There was also the legendary A&Vs downtown which isn't the same since A died (or was it V?). Anywho . . . Los Angeles has great Italian food but, alas, nothing quite like Pines or the old A&Vs, especially the pizza. Does anyone, who's familiar with these DC establishments, know a comparable restaurant in the Los Angeles area? Thanks.
First of all, there's no need for diplomacy here, Los Angeles does not have "great" Italian food. Even Osteria Angelini, which was flatly reccomended to me as the best fine dining Italian in LA, doesn't hold a candle to even more modest places of similar scope in Italian neighborhoods on the east coast. In my opinion there are only two Italian places in LA worth going to. The first, which is the better of the two and closer to what I think you're looking for, is Casa Bianca on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock- it is without question the best pizza in the city, they're closed on Sundays and Mondays and the rest of the week there's a line out the door, but its the real deal. The other place I like is Al Gelato on robertson. Its more of a glorified deli than a real restaurant but they make good red-sauce italian and have excellent meat-balls. The gelato isn't bad either.
Your description of Pines sounds exactly what Palermo in Los Feliz SHOULD be, yet which fails miserably on every count.
Lichtblau above hit two of the better pizza places here, and like he stated, LA has NEVER been known as having great Italian food. Good, ok, but...
For a white pizza from a place with no lines, I like Mulberry St. Pizza, with units in Beverly Hills and Encino. Bianca's lines are crazy. Some on this board also like Abbot's pizza on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
But Mozza will never remind you of any good white pizza, or any other as their toppings are very skimpy.