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Apr 24, 2007 10:23 PM

Best Pizza in LA and Surrounding.....?

i am on a pizza quest to find the best. thus far hands down it is vito's for NY pies. Il capriccio on hollywood for woodfire! i know everyone from LA is an expert but i just want to hear some that i haven't tried so i could compare. i have probably tried them all but i would just like to know just in case...... any suggestions????

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  1. True pizza crust, sauce, cheese, peperoni and sausage. Not on the menu is the thin crust. Also if you want pie cut and not squares you must say so. This is as good as anything back east if not better and that includes Regina at the old north end in Boston.

    Petrillo's Pizza
    833 E Valley Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 280-7332

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    1. re: JeetJet

      ya, i have been going there for over 20 years and don't get me wrong it is good but not up to par with vitos or il capriccio. i go there when i am in the Petrillo's mood and that is "fried calamari, salad, and pizza. they are good for what they do but not on the list of pizza greats! i give props for being open so long as well!!!

      1. re: foodiebpn1

        In OC I like The Pizza Bakery. NY style thin crust but you can taste the best of California style in it as well. Since you like Vito’s I am sure you will like those garlic ball things at The Pizza Bakery.
        You can have it by the slice.

        Have you noticed the Burger map post? See the burger map below. Someone should start a pizza map

        The Pizza Bakery
        1741 Westcliff Dr.
        Newport Beach, CA 92660
        (949) 631-1166

        Il Capriccio Pizzeria
        4518 Hollywood Blvd.
        (323) 644-9760

        846 N. La Cienega Blvd
        LA 90069
        (310) 652-6859

        Petrillo's Pizza
        833 E Valley Blvd
        San Gabriel, CA 91776
        (626) 280-7332

        Chowhound Burger map post

        The burger map

    2. I'm a big fan of Casa Bianca for whole pies and Lamonicas for very tasty slices.

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      1. re: sanangel

        I have been to Casa Bianca and liked the cheese they use and the sausage. In fact I found the cheese and sausage to be very close to what Petrillo's uses. Two reasons that compel me to favor Petrillo's Pizza over Casa Bianca are the crust and the price. Petrillo's crust is a true pizza crust -- Edge crunch, tug, & chew. I now order the thin crust at Petrillo's. IMO the Casa Bianca crust is more like a soda craker than a pizza crust. Another reason is the amount of pizza you get for your money. The Petrillo's Pizza is much more heavy (lots of cheese and sausage) than the Casa Bianca pie.

        Petrillo's Pizza
        833 E Valley Blvd
        San Gabriel, CA 91776
        (626) 280-7332

      2. Zelos in Arcadia serves pizza with a delicious, hearty cornmeal crust and they have great toppings like their fresh corn and carmelized onion pizza.

        328 E Foothill Blvd
        Arcadia, CA

          1. re: ElsieDee

            Lamonica's, between 6th and Hope/Olive in DTLA. Absolutely fantastic. Just remember to get the fresh slices for best taste ;)

            Their sicilian pepperoni, mushroom/pepperoni, hawaaiin(sp?), and straight pepperoni are my fav.

            1. re: ns1

              I'm originally from NY and always miss the good pizza you can get at almost any street corner there. I haven't really found a place in california that rivals NYC pizza, however, as "cheesy" as this sounds, there's a place in Burbank called NYPD Pizza that's pretty good. Their crust is what makes it close to home. Check them out at, i think they have other locations.

              1. re: syckey

                Check out Lamonica's, they get an ishload of awards. I use the consistency test- fold and hold, see if the tip hangs a little bit but not too much. Very light grease on top.

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