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Mar 28, 2007 11:56 AM

Looking for the best pizza in LA

Being new to LA from NY I have yet to try a slice of pizza here...any suggestions for my first bite? I happen to love white pizza as well. Places on the westside would be great, but if it's that good...i'm willing to travel.

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  1. The best this recently transplanted NYer has found is Abbott's. This will sound like sacrilege, but get the bagel crust -- closest to NY style I've found in LA so far. One word to the wise, get olive pesto instead of the tomato sauce (which is insipid). I'm not such a fan of their specialty pies, but here are two self-made pies I've loved:

    cheese, olive pesto, spinach, feta, red onion, with combo crust

    cheese, olive pesto, mushrooms, red onion, with combo crust.

    Ask them to do the crust well done, or better yet, crisp up slices in a frying pan or pizza stone yourself. I promise it will scratch the itch...

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    1. re: a_and_w

      Don't know if you had a chance to try the wild mushroom pizza... I can't see myself going here without ordering at least one slice...

      1. re: bulavinaka

        Finally tried the wild mushroom, which was every bit as good as advertised. Thanks for the tip -- will try the salad pizza next!

        1. re: a_and_w

          Glad you liked it... the mushroom slice has to be reasonably fresh to be great. Avocados are near peak season right now - the salad pizza should be happening...

      1. Vito's on La Cienega Blvd. in WeHo.

        1. Who wants pizza when you can have Khachapouri ...

          Welcome to LA.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            LOL! I had khachapouri in (Soviet) Georgia many years ago. Who knew it would become the latest LA food craze?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              How does one eat this regularly (or do they?) and still have any blood vessels that aren't clogged like the drain in a dorm? But it sure sounds interesting...

            2. The best this Jersey girl has had here is - by far - Albano's Brooklyn Pizzeria on Melrose.

              Living on the west side, I now frequent Frankie & Johnnie's NY Pizza on Washington Blvd west of Lincoln. I think they have several locations though - I've seen a listing for one in Beverly Hills, and another at San Vicente & Barrington...

              I've heard good things about Vito's on La Cienega, but I have not been able to get there yet myself.

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              1. re: LisaStitch

                Albano's is astoundingly mediocre IMHO

                1. re: echoparkdirt

                  Why mediocre? Are you comparing it to something like a Mozza pizza?

                  To me, Albano's tastes exactly like the pizza I ate for years in NJ and still devour when I go back there.

                  1. re: LisaStitch

                    have to disagree, and i just was back in nyc...i found the crust soft, the flavor off, just not new york pizza...

                    1. re: echoparkdirt

                      I agree totally about Albanos (I grew up in Lakewood, NJ). Every time I've gone there the crust has been way underdone, too thick, too floppy and the sauce had a weird flavor to it.

                      Really good "back east" is tough to perfect... there's 100 little details to perfect and I think the problem is that most people who make the pizzas are not from that area, and so they are following a formula set down by someone who is, and as such they invariably miss 10 or 20 of the little details that add up for a mediocre pie.

                      Go to Vito's. By NY standards it's simply good, not superb, but by LA standards he's the king of pizza. Just look at one of his pies--- 20" or so (no "personal" pie bs!), deeply browned cheese bubbles all over the crust. Crisped, browned edges. Sauce and cheese flavor that blend well and don't taste "off".

                      Barring Vito's, go to Mulberry St. Pizza or Larchmont VIllage Pizza. But seriously, Albano's is waaaaaaaaay down at the bottom of the list IMO.

                      Try it, please

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                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        i agree. albano's crust is flimsy and wet. but mulberry's is way over-priced. $22 for a pie is highway robbery.