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Unusual Pizza Toppings-Best places in LA/Long Beach areas?

I remember when I worked in Century City going to a place called Jacopos that served breaded eggplant on their pizza. So yummy! I'm looking for some unusual (but not too weird) pizza toppings. Suggestions?

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  1. If you haven't yet tried ZPizza, they have a range of the unusual including eggplant. There are a few branches in Long Beach, one near Lakewood Golf Course and one near CSULB (in the Ralphs Shopping Center on 7th St). Just be sure to order a pizza made to order and not one of the slices in the case. They do a whole wheat crust as well as the regular type.

    1. FYI there's still the original Jacopo's on Little Santa Monica and Beverly in Beverly Hills. The Sunset/Via de la Paz location in the Pacific Palisades is also still there. Ironically, this struggling pizza place has one of the best Chinese chicken salads I've had outside my own kitchen.

      http://jacopos.com/Jacopos_restaurant...

      1. Abbot's Pizza has, "salad on a slice." It's a nice tossed salad with nice chunks of tomatoes and avocado that is served on a slice of pizza. It's a lunch in itself for the average eater... appetizer for me!

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          It's an appetizer for me too...oh, the shame.

          1. re: hrhboo

            And I'm the devil on who's shoulder? Looks like someone is a contortionist! Have you tried the Bull's Horn or Napoleon's Hat cookies? Great with a double espresso...

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Hey, a girl's gotta shift blame somehow!
              I haven't tried those delectables yet, but I read about them in another post of yours. I should invest in a set of blinkers to avoid being tempted by all the fabulous food I encounter on the way to YAS.

              1. re: hrhboo

                They are the take-anywhere bite(s) from heaven... and they keep well too, so you can spread out your nibbling over days instead of minutes, like me!

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  I'm glad they're portable, I can sneak a bite or two from my stationary bike. Along with a creme brulee tart from Meditirina. And a quick slice of Abbot's pizza. I'll probably attempt to blame you for that too ;>

                  1. re: hrhboo

                    That's okay - blame away - like a burro's lot in life is to be it's master's beast of burden, a married man's lot in life is to accept scorn and blame from all women in the world for all my gender's perceived wrong-doings..."I'm sorry dear, I'm wrong, and I know you are always right..." ;> Hmmmm... creme brulee tart... will have to give that a try...

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      It's great. It looks like a lemon bar but is filled with an intensely rich custard flecked with vanilla beans. It's best to share since a whole piece can be a bit much for one person (not for me!)

                      No scorn here, although I suspect my significant other would beg to differ.

                      1. re: hrhboo

                        "Share" is not a word that I am familiar with when pastries and/or pizza are on the table... "you're on your own," is more like it! My wife is giving me the stinkeye right now... I guess my visit to Meditirina will have to be a covert one... thanks for the rec...

                      2. re: bulavinaka

                        hrhboo, where is Meditrina? Is it near Abbott's? I have to try the Creme Brulee Tart. Thanks in advance.

                        1. re: Norm Man

                          Further up Abbot Kinney, right between Primativo and Lilly's... little cafe that used to be Massimo's...

                  2. re: hrhboo

                    I wanna join in on the fun. Is this Abbot's in Venice?

                    (I've never been much of a pizza person, and I'm looking to build a comprehensive to-try list.)

                    1. re: SauceSupreme

                      It's Abbot's Pizza Co on Abbot Kinney Blvd. There's another on on Pico in SM but it isn't as good. My fave thing about Abbot's is thet they have 3 other sauces in addition to marinara for the base, so the possibilities are endless! I highly recommend their Wild Mushroom pizza.

                      1. re: hrhboo

                        what about zelo, only been once, but they a salad pizza there too, with corn, and balsamic.

                        sort of reconfigured chicago style with la cal cuisine toppings ala the old spago.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Thanx for the Abbot's referral. Glad you're all having a great time, but when I saw all these posts today, thought most would actually be for pizza toppings.

                          1. re: Oh Robin

                            Sorry - too easy to get side-tracked when food is the topic... kind of like trying to stay with just the dumplings at dim sum when the lazy susan is full of a dozen other dishes... If you like mushrooms, go with Hrhboo's rec...

                      2. re: SauceSupreme

                        I second the Wild Mushroom... I cannot fathom going to Abbot's without getting at least one slice of it... they probably have about a dozen pies on their racks at one time, so most people will find at least one that catches their eye... and the salad on a slice, aka salad pizza, is worth a try...

              2. Mulberry Pizza in Beverly Hills/Encino has breaded eggplant as a topping on their NY style pizza -- better than Abbot's Pizza. http://www.mulberrypizza.com/

                1. Caioti Pizza Cafe on Tujunga.

                  1. Try Domenico's on 2nd street in the Belmont Shore area of LB. Their ground sausage pizza and their salad dressing has been a favorite here for 50 years. Also, A slice of NY in Seal Beach make the real NY thin crest and they have some unusual toppings that you don't usually see out here.

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                    1. re: Twin

                      Although not an unusual topping for pizza, Domenico's also does a ground pepperoni pizza. I am not a pepperoni fan, but for some reason, when it is ground it taste much better than the sliced stuff.

                    2. Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock has breaded eggplant.

                      Most ppl find the lardo at Mozza to be kind of weird. In theory, I think the lardo is supposed to melt/wilt over the hot dough but mine was really kind of cold. I ended up eating the whole slices in one mouthful because there was no way of chewing through that.

                      1. I'm a fan of the wild mushroom pizza Pace on Laurel Canyon. Great chewy crust and flavorful mushrooms. They have some other slightly unusual but not wild and crazy toppings. Their pizza menu has been somewhat downsized but think they still might have the potato and pesto pizza which is also kind of interesting. Theyalso deliver if you live in the area.