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Nov 27, 2006 05:05 PM

Best pizza in town - informal opinion poll

I'm trying to gather some opinions on where the best pizza in town is to be had. The geographical range is from Eagle Rock to Santa Monica. There are no right or wrong answers here, just the valued opinions of my fellow 'hounds!

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    1. Albano's on Melrose or Ventura.
      D'Amore's, mostly in the East Valley.
      Ameci, a chain in the Valley (but make sure you get fresh!)
      Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen, on Wilshire and 14th.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Can anyone provide more info re Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen? Still good?

        1. re: a_and_w

          As in the one on Wilshire in Santa Monica? I have to say, I had it about a year ago, and it would go on my "worst pizza ever" list... Was it good at one time?

          1. re: a_and_w

            I haven't been in 5+ years. Have to get it fresh though.

            That said, all of those suggestions are second-string -- Vito's is THE BEST.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              santa monica pizza kitchen was garbage.

              someone said it compares to casa bianca, which is not even close.

          2. re: Das Ubergeek

            Mozza (just tried it and it was wonderful)
            Lamppost Pizza in Torrance (sucker for nostalgia, ate there after every AYSO game)

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Valentinos in Manhattan Beach - Aviation and Manhattan Beach Blvd.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Okay, just tried D'Amores at Coldwater and Magnolia. Nothing to write home about. I need a delivery place near me!! The places I like are all over the hill -- Lamonica's, Damiano's, Vito's.

                Joe Peeps is hit and miss.

                The quest continues.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Had the Pizza Bianco at D'Amore's in Canoga Park (Winnetka). Excellent pizza.

                2. Mulberry Street Pizza, on Beverly blvd. (and on Ventura blvd., in the SFV)...

                  1. ZELO'S in Arcadia

                    TONY'S in San Marino

                    PIZZA NEXT DOOR in downtown LA

                    LA BUCA in Hollywood

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Tony's is the truth. Haven't tried the others.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        EEK!!! You must live in th SGV! Zelo is 5 minutes (or less) from my house and I have never tried it!!!! Pleae give me your favorite recommendation there, cuz for the last 5 years I have sworn off pizza. Too much "bad" stuff. Thanks :)

                        1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

                          I tried Zelo twice. The last time I tried 3 pies including the corn pie. I bought them for a house party nearby -- 8 people. The seven people were so nice but when I convinced them to be truthful WE all agreed "never again." This is simply not pizza. That dried day-old (or two, maybe three days old) crust is so bad. Someone said it is a Chicago deep dish. NO WAY! A deep dish is about two inches deep across the whole pie and that is why a deep dish always takes about one hour to bake. This Zelo thing is in your hands twenty minutes after you order it no matter what you want on top. Also, it is thin -- not deep! Ya, that crust turns up the side of a pan that looks like a deep pan but the rest of that Zelo thing is not thick. I think these corn crust are made someplace else because they just do not seem fresh. Come to think of it maybe those last three were not day-old dried out crust but maybe that was frost bite. To make it worst the price was nuts. Zelo is one of the bad chowhound recs I followed and wish I ignored.

                          1. re: Like go grinz

                            The thing with Zelo's is that you have to throw pretty much everything you know about pizza out the window. They make a CORNMEAL crust (not day old) that is actually very good. But, when comparing it to, say, Carmine's (my fave) there is nothing that would compare since Z's are a completely different animal. I just had it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it!! The corn was my fave with the potato panchetta coming in a close second.

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          I have got to get to Tony's and Zelo's!

                        3. For frame of reference, I like my pizzas thin-crusted, with real (unprocessed) cheese, fresh toppings and tangy (not sweet) sauce. These are my favorite places:

                          1. North End Pizzeria (West LA & Beverly Hills but there are other locations around I believe)
                          2. Berri's on 3rd near La Cienaga
                          3. Abbott's Pizza Company in Venice (the Abbott Kinney location is better than the Pico location, IMHO)
                          4. Jacopo's in Beverly Hills