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

foodiebpn1 Apr 24, 2007 10:23 PM

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????

  1. ElsieDee Apr 25, 2007 02:00 AM

    Here's a recent thread with more ideas: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/346037

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      ns1 Apr 25, 2007 10:48 AM

      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.

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        syckey Apr 25, 2007 11:25 AM

        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 nypdpizza.net, i think they have other locations.

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          ns1 Apr 25, 2007 11:36 AM

          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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      crystaw Apr 25, 2007 01:50 AM

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

      Zelo
      328 E Foothill Blvd
      Arcadia, CA

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        sanangel Apr 25, 2007 12:07 AM

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

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          JeetJet Apr 26, 2007 09:21 AM

          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

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          JeetJet Apr 24, 2007 10:33 PM

          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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            foodiebpn1 Apr 24, 2007 10:42 PM

            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!!!

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              JeetJet Apr 25, 2007 10:08 AM

              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
              http://www.thepizzabakery.com/

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

              Vito's
              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
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395093#comments

              The burger map
              http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&am......

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