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Nov 26, 2006 03:27 AM

great pizza in west l.a - yes. it's true.

I have evangelized about Abbot's for years and stuck by The Coop on National and Manning in Palms. I can no longer deny the absolute perfection of a slice of thin crust Brooklyn-style pizza from New York Pizza on Santa Monica at Sepulveda. Located in an unassuming strip mall (isn't everything in l.a...) on the South side of the street, the place has horrific ambience and simply brilliant pizza.

The crust was salty and thin with a hint of chewiness that complimented the soft, fresh mozzarella above it. I prefer my cheese bubbly and brown and both slices had a golden glow speckled with crispy, flinty shards. The pepperoni was greasy and garlicky and the orange flood that poured down onto my paper plate was enough to convince me that i will be a regular.

Ignore the faux "pizza place" signs that contain such cliched slogans as " I spent almost all my money on beer and pizza, the rest I just wasted". They have a certain charm along with the plastic rimmed fake brick walls if you can look past their absurdity. Simply sit, smile at the local guys who are meeting for post (or pre?) work beers, and throw down at least 2 or 3 slices. I just returned back from a summer in Brooklyn and Joes would be proud.

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  1. This is the strip mall on the SE corner with the donut place and KooKooRoo on one end and the Yoshinora on the other. OK, I'll give it a try. In that neighborhood the Lamonica's in Westwood Village is my choice, so far.

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    1. re: nosh

      I agree Lamonicas minus the parking is great... Westwood can be a huge pain for this reason. It is so hard to find places in Los Angeles that just sell slices and you dont have to commit to the whole pie.

    2. Try Johnny's New York Pizza, 4002 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Phone: (310) 822-0095. Prices: $9 to $15. I try to go in there every time I go to L.A.

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      1. re: sansei

        Excuse, but you might want to check your notes. My fave, Alejo's is at 4002 Lincoln Bl., (310)822-0095 Love the place. Pizza's OK, Calzones are great. Love the red sauce and garlic.

        1. re: Phood

          Pizza...ok. Bowl of oil that you can dip anything into and smell like burning garlic all week....brilliant!

          1. re: Phood

            Alejo's is the ULTIMATE comfort food place. Seriously filling. Seriously garlicky.

            1. re: Phood

              i disagree about the alejo's pizza. to me, it's just sort of OK.
              the main thing that set's alejo's apart is the raw garlic chunks in oil that they serve with their bread as a dipping sauce.

              1. re: westsidegal

                For a nice experience at Alejo's, go with your friends and order a nice glass or two or three of a red wine of your choosing along with a few appetizers - the fried calemari, your favorite pizza, maybe the chopped salad - and keep the bread and olive oil with garlic coming... just make sure your friends are not vampires as one's breath is more deadly than a wooden stake!

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Also, make sure that you do not go to a party where you will be consuming beer. I made this mistake, after eating at Alejo's. Not a good idea. You are reaking of garlic for a whole week later. The place is amazing. The meat calzone is the size of a small child and is sooo good@

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    had a;ejo's pizza again a week ago.
                    it still sucks.

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      yea, alejo's is pretty weak pizzas. and so is the eggplant parm, but i still like the eggplant parm.

                      their bread with garlic laced olive oil is pretty killer, good, but you'll reeek for days.

                      1. re: kevin

                        alejo's is worse than mediocre. it doesn't even try.

                        1. re: echoparkdirt

                          once a restaurant has made the decision to buy the very lowest quality/lowest price ingredients, even if they were to "try," it wouldn't be enough. . . . .

              2. re: sansei

                Have you noticed that Johnny's can be packed with kids...almost to the point of CPK ridiculousness...Dont get me wrong..I am a teacher and love kids. Just not when I am sitting back and tearing into a pizza and beer.

              3. Could you give a price and recommendations of which pizzas to order at New York Pizza?

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                  1. re: Tmblweed

                    I have to be honest- I am a bit of a traditionalist and order the pepperoni.

                  2. is this the joint in the mini-mall sandwiched between yoshinoya's and winchell's on the other end?

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                    1. re: kevin

                      Yes... it's a zoo at lunch, be warned, because the options for the denizens of the corporate towers on the SW corner are very limited in that area.

                    2. johnnie's that took over the jacopo's space doesn't suck on barrington and olympic