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Vito's Pizza

Bob Brooks Mar 15, 2007 04:50 PM

After reading about Vito's on the board last night, I couldn't wait to try it today. All I can say is wow! It was great! Had the plain cheese slice (this was on Vito since I was a first timer and he knew I'd be hooked). That was followed by fresh vegetable with ricotta and then a slice of white pizza. I must say that the fresh vegetable slice was absolutely overwhelmingly delicious.

I know this is supposed to be the most authentic version of N.Y. pizza to be found in L.A. I've never had pizza in N.Y., so I can't say. But I can say that this was some of the best pizza I've ever tasted. (BTW, I got there at 11:40 a.m., so there was not an issue about reheating a slice, since the first pie had yet to be made.)

(I'm concerned that when I looked for last night's post today before I left for lunch, I couldn't find it. I hope it wasn't deleted because of some type of shilling issue. When I met Vito today for the first time and told him I had read about him on Chowhound, he didn't know what I was talking about.)

  1. tony michaels Mar 15, 2007 04:57 PM

    The thread is still up:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/380422

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      Alex250 Mar 15, 2007 06:02 PM

      Where on LaCienega is it? Thanks.

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        tony michaels Mar 15, 2007 06:11 PM

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/380422

        location information is contained in the original thread: see link above

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        kevin Mar 15, 2007 08:45 PM

        it's located in the old bistro 21 space, tiny joint, hugging the corner of the minimall.

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          ecco22 Mar 19, 2007 04:59 PM

          Just ate there and it is still great. Had a slice of the veggie and one of the cheese while my friend had the one with sausage, olives and peppers. Everything was great. They are going to try and start delivery next week.

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            Obessed Mar 19, 2007 05:23 PM

            I picked up a pie yesterday and it was delish. Half cheese, half the works. The staff was delightful.

            1. rednyellow Mar 21, 2007 07:57 PM

              I tried Vito's this afternoon. The pizza was perfect. NIce thin crust with a bit of chew and great balance of toppings. I had a slice of pepperoni, which had just the right amount of grease. Two slices of mushroom - delish. and the real standout was the veg. which had spinach, broccoli and the most amazing dabs of riccota cheese. It was fab. I spoke a bit with Vito and he and his staff are totally cool.

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                Ogawak Mar 23, 2007 07:29 PM

                Been dying to try Vito's for the past two years. Had a chance tonight. I'm a New York style pizza novice, but this was the best thin sliced I've ever had. Because we were new, they gave us complimentary cheese slices. I ordered a "works" pizza, mostly to take home. The staff is warm and friendly, Vito quietly sits in the back, tossing pizza dough just like in the movies. Difficult to imagine going anywhere else for thin crust. And believe me, they've heard of Chowhounds now. The pizza is a little pricey, but easily worth it.

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                  Hackenbush Mar 23, 2007 09:55 PM

                  Just wanted to add another rave to the thread. I went by yesterday afternoon and had a slice of cheese pizza (on the house) while I waited for a "to go" order. If you like thin crust pizza, I don't see how you can't love the one Vito serves.

                  I took home an order of pasta with their bolognese sauce. It's a very light and wonderful meat sauce. Highly recommended.

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                    eusebioah Jun 5, 2007 06:22 PM

                    Finally, a great pizza joint in West Hollywood. Take it from someone from Jersey. This place has the best pizza I've had since I left the northeast. You won't be disappointed!!!

                    Chevy

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                      Dave and Stuff Jun 6, 2007 04:04 PM

                      I had kind of a rough visit to Vito's.

                      The sandwiches were REALLY good (perfect with the Moretti-or was it Peroni?) I had, and I think the prices are fair, but the slices just didn't do it for me. I know that's kind of nebulous criticism, but pizza either wows you, or it don't, right?

                      Worst part for me was watching Vito smoke outside the entrance while he spoke to customers, then walk in and start cooking. I'm sure he washed his hands, but it just didn't look good.

                      Then Vito ate his dinner over the prep area. He would take a bite, then work on a dish, then take another bite. I'm no snob (hell, I still stayed and ate the great sausage and peppers sandwich), but it just didn't make me want to return.

                      The staff was very friendly, and I loved the easy (free!) parking...a rarity in Hollywood.

                      I still think that Village Pizzaria in Larchmont is the best pie in the area...

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                        cant talk...eating Jun 6, 2007 04:34 PM

                        MMmm - bite for me, bite for you. I kind of agree w/ your points. So, anyone done a blind slice test with Village vs. Vito's (& vs. Albano's, for my money)?

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                          JeetJet Jun 6, 2007 04:49 PM

                          "watching Vito smoke outside the entrance." Ah, dats OK. To me it is proof that he may be from Brooklyn, or at least NJ or Boston. "Vito ate his dinner over the prep area." No, no, no, What you saw was tasting for quality control, and thats good too. Now my first two pizza's outta dat place had some crust problems but I could still tell he can do it right and I plan to go back. I just felt good after eating his pizza. Hey, Wait just a minute here, you also said, "the slices just didn't do it for me." What is that? Not good enough. Tell me what "just didn't do it" means. Otherwise, the nebulousness of your criticism is so unclear that the reason for your post becomes Crystal clear -- Village Pizzaria hype.

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                            Dave and Stuff Jun 7, 2007 09:02 AM

                            I guess that's fair, Jeet. But it just seemed, I don't know...bland. I had a slice of pepperoni, and my girl had a slice of veggie, and we both kind of looked at each other and went, "Eh." Again, I loved the sandwiches (which I might return for), but the slices lacked anything TASTY enough for me to make me crave it.

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                              JeetJet Jun 7, 2007 09:22 AM

                              If it was blamd then something was wrong. It sounds to me that maybe you and wylei (below) both had less sauce than what should have been on those pizzas. I recall just a little amount of sauce but even then I felt there was garlic and oregano in evey bite, which is far from bland. The oil on top also added flavor. I ordered whole pizzas when I went. This has me wanting to try a slice and see if the end result is different than when I got the whole pie. Two times I had a problem with the crust cracking when I folded it, you had bland taste and I had a nice NY blend of garlic, oregano and olive oil. I wonder what he was smoking outside the door?

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                                wylei Jun 7, 2007 10:09 AM

                                not less sauce but no sauce. zip, zero, none. i never knew i was so sauce obsessed.

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                                  sherpa50 Jun 7, 2007 11:34 AM

                                  Well, that's weird - no sauce? I've been there about six or seven times now & always order the cheese pie, & never noticed the lack of sauce (& I am a tomato sauce addict). Last weekend I took my 13-year old nephew, & we ordered a cheese pie with extra sauce. It was great! And the cool thing was, they put the extra sauce on top of the cheese - perfect!

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                                    wylei Jun 7, 2007 12:56 PM

                                    just to clarify, i had the vegie pizza slice, not the cheese. i'm glad there is another tomato sauce addict out there!

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                                  sel Jun 7, 2007 10:28 AM

                                  I have not had anything at Vito's that was bland. I've tried various slices, a sample of sausages in sauce (I gotta try his sandwiches) and his Breadsticks which are a bit expensive but one of my lads aka BreadBoy is addicted to them! Both of my lads love the Cheese Pizza whole or slices, GF loves the White Slices and my fav is a White Slice with fresh garlic added.

                                  While my whole familia likes Abbott's, Albano's, Lamonica's, Mulberry St. and Village for L.A. pizza, we currently favor Vito's!!!

                                  We still have to try Antica Pizzeria.

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                                    a_and_w Jun 11, 2007 03:27 PM

                                    I liked Antica and found the crust more flavorful than Vito's, but they make two very different types of pizza.

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                                  JeetJet Jun 8, 2007 10:59 PM

                                  I went back again today. I was greated by two Vito apprentices and then by Vito, with, "Hey howyadoin?" It was really like being home in Brooklyn. I got a slice and a whole pizza to go. Crust, sauce and cheese -- all perfect. Fold it and in stayed level. Bite, tug -- tug again with a little twist of the head, chew -- perfect crust. The flavor of the crust reminds me of the flavor of the bread sticks at Eagle Rock Bakery. The sauce reminds me of the olive oil and sun dried tomatoes on top of the pizza bread at Eagle Rock made only on Sat. The ratio of crust to sauce and cheese was perfect. One of the best pizzas I have had. Yuz guys gotta go back. Nuff said!

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                                    wizardx Jun 8, 2007 11:34 PM

                                    2nd!

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                                nimo Jun 6, 2007 05:39 PM

                                Village Pizzeria is not worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as Vito's.

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                                  sloanedone Jun 7, 2007 01:01 AM

                                  "Village Pizzeria is not worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as Vito's."

                                  You just did. Village is top five in the city, no need to bash.

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                                    kevin Jun 7, 2007 07:08 PM

                                    i liked that, brought a smile to my face. "You just did"

                                    anyways, i think vito's slices suffer because usually they're sitting there and then recently they reheat it. i hate reheaeted slices.

                                    anyways, stick to a whole cheese pie ask em to cook it a little longer, and then leave it on the table for a good few minutes, and then devour like crazy.

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                                wylei Jun 6, 2007 05:55 PM

                                had a vegie slice today and these were my thoughts:
                                1. texture of crust was great but tasted a bit too salty (without sauce to cut it)
                                2. too much cheese
                                3. no sauce!
                                having never eaten pizza in new york i was left wondering if no sauce is normal? is there sauce on the cheese pizza? am i odd to miss the sauce? can i say "sauce" one more time???
                                what sounds really good to me right now is that crust with some (you know) sauce, some cheese and assorted vegies such as tomato, onion, basil, bellpepper or whatnot. what am i missing?

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                                  JeetJet Jun 6, 2007 06:31 PM

                                  ......Sauce? Go back and get two extra slices of cheese only. Put them in the fridge. Eat cold for breakfast with ice cold milk. So good!

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                                    wylei Jun 6, 2007 09:30 PM

                                    mmmmm.... but is there sauce?

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                                      JeetJet Jun 6, 2007 09:52 PM

                                      There was not much on the two that I have had at Vito's but more really was not needed either for taste or to be like a Brooklyn pizza. Sauce should be there, for sure, but it should not over power the taste of the crust, cheese or toppings.My pizzas had enough. My problem was the crust but from what I read I should expect better next time. We will see.

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                                        js76wisco Jun 7, 2007 05:11 PM

                                        No there is always sauce on NY pizza. The only pizza that wouldn't have sauce is white pizza.

                                        I've been to Vitos and Village and personally think they are about on the same plane. My biggest gripe with Vito's is the inconsistency. I've had great slices and terrible slices in my last 5 visits. Village slice is not as crunchy and crispy but overall the slice there is tasty and more consistent.

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                                          kevin Jun 7, 2007 07:09 PM

                                          you're right. Vito's is not consistent at all and it's not limited to slices. Whole pies sometimes are amazing and other times are pedestrian at best. what's the deal? who knows???

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                                            SauceSupreme Jun 8, 2007 01:48 AM

                                            I'm a big fan of both Vito's and Village but if you had a gun to my head, I'd rather have Village just because Larchmont is nicer for strolling than that stretch of La Cienega.

                                            I suppose when Vito's delivers (and if I'm in the radius) than it'll be a whole new ballgame.

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                                        silence9 Jun 7, 2007 04:01 PM

                                        As regards point #3, I suppose no tomato sauce on a typical veggie slice would be 'normal'. The veggies' own liquid content might either dilute any added tomato sauce; or, a flavorsome tomato sauce might overpower the inherent melded flavors of the melange of roasted veggies. So philosophically, does one prefer to taste the roasted veggies or the zippy saucing? As in other arenas of life, wanting or receiving BOTH is sometimes not an automatic outcome :-)

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                                          wylei Jun 7, 2007 05:54 PM

                                          makes sense. no sauce with roasted vegies is probably fine. i didn't realize the veggie was a white pizza. maybe if there had been some tomatoes at least. basically a lot of spinach and a little bit of broccoli, cheese and topped w/ dabs of ricotta. cried out for some zippy saucing i thought. but even still, better than this puffy crusted-tasted like pillsbury dough-hard to even call it a pizza i had today at follow your heart in canoga park. the fresh vegies on it were very good but crust rendered it almost inedible. i swear i never knew i was this pizza picky. i think the trick will be to order a whole non-white (sauce!) pizza from vito's as a build your own (some combo of fresh tomatoes, basil, onion, garlic, mushroom, bellpepper, olives, eggplant, broccoli, spinach). expensive but delicious.

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                                        bsquared2 Jun 6, 2007 07:29 PM

                                        I like Vito's quite a bit. If you live in WeHo, the choices are minimal. I think the white pie is very good and the sausage is also good. The people were nice when I was there.

                                        It is a little too small but it is a great place for a slice.

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                                          Faulkner99 Jun 11, 2007 05:57 PM

                                          We stopped in at Vito's on Sunday at lunchtime. Not terribly crowded, probably because of all of the street closures from the parade. It seemed to pick up as we were leaving. Everyone was extremely friendly and the service was spot on. Between the two of us, we had a house salad, a couple of Peronis and 5 slices. Each slice was excellent. The crust was great, the amount of sauce, cheese, and toppings were perfect. There was one slice that had some kind of ground meat on it (meatball, maybe?) and jalapenos. That was probably my favorite. This was our first time in the place itself, but we had ordered delivery once before. I didn't save enough room for tiramisu, but had gotten it the time we had delivery and WOW was it good. It rivaled the tiramisu that I've had at any non-pizza joint. Vito's has knocked Albano's, Rocco's and Mulberry down one peg on our "pizza places to order delivery from" list.

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