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Jan 15, 2007 09:16 PM

White Pizza...the kind like back East?!?

My Hubby and I are DYING for a delicious white pizza here! It is NOT made with Alfredo sauce, but with (+/- 4) different Italian white cheeses, garlic and EVO. I know we could make it at home, but not having the best oven for pizza, we'd like to find one in a restaurant/pizzaria. We live in the SFVly, Westside, if it's at ALL possible to locate one nearby???

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  1. I have to ask for the garlic to be added, and they put big slices of ripe thinly sliced tomato on too, along with fresh basil, but I enjoy the version at Anna's Italian restaurant on Pico Blvd., about 4 blocks east of the 405 on the north side of the street, (across the street from La Seranata's West LA branch). It's called the "yaneeze special" on the menu. Sometimes I get the original crust and sometimes I ask for it thin crust.

    1. Big Mama's and Papa's, a small local chain with a location in Studio City, makes a very nice white pizza. You should check them out at:

      I don't know that they make it with a four cheese blend as opposed to mozzarella, but it is alfredo sauce free and garlicy in a great way. I would not vouch for anything else there, but the white pizza has been enjoyed by dozens of people where I work.

      1. Quattro formaggio I believe.. have seen it around but don't recall where - doesn't even CPK do a version? (Not suggesting that, necessariy.)

        Johnnie's NY Pizza is a great chain if there's one near you.

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        1. re: Cinnamon

          If they're looking for pizza like "back east", Johnnie's definitely does **not** fit the bill, despite the name. Johnnie's pizza tastes like someone from Kansas trying to make NY pizza... i.e. all the missed little details add up to make a monster that is only vaguely like its inspiration. Remember Domino's "Big New Yorker"? Like that. Maybe not *quite* as bad.

          And look-- you don't even need to dig deep to see evidence of Johnnie's lack of authenticity. Just look at the pizza on their promotional brochure (where they are trolling for potential franchisees who likely know nothing about a real NY pie). Anyone who was raised on pizza "back east" knows that the pizza in the top photo is some weird approximation of a NY pie.

          If you didn't grow up on the stuff as I did, you might accept this as a NY pie. But it's not, I assure you.

          Lamonica's, Mulberry Street, Larchmont Village pizza, Tomato Pie fit the bill... all small operations run by people from 'back east' who know what pizza is supposed to taste like.

          Mr Taster

        2. Mulberry Street has a great white pizza.

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          1. re: Blakekitty

            Where (city) is Mulberry Street Pizza located? (ON Mulberry St, right?! LOL!) ;-)

            1. re: Mermazon

              I can't tell if you're really asking a sincere question, but I will answer you sincerely.

              Mulberry Street is a road in NY's lower east side, Little Italy.

              Mulberry Street Pizza has several locations in LA-- Beverly Hills and Encino are the only two locations I've been to.

              While unspectacular pizza by NY standards, by LA standards it's solid NY pizza fare.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Yes, very sincere. My hubby is from upstate NY, and I am from FL.
                I wasn't sure if there was such a street in LA, that's why I inquired.
                (Also, I thought my question may have been one of those 'no-brainers' ie:"Yes, it's ON Mulberry Street!")

                Thanks, we indeed, want a NY style white pizza!
                O=:) Mermazon

          2. I didn't see it on the online menu at menupages, but supposedly Lamonica's has white pizza (at least by the slice). I'll check next time I'm at work.

            Also, haven't been there myself in a while, and I don't see it on the menu, but my girlfriend said they serve white pizza of some sort at Palermo's in Los Feliz - might be worth seeing if they offer it.