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Jul 15, 2007 03:25 AM

Mr. Pizza Factory...GO THERE!

Man, I'm a sucker for a good novelty restaurant. Down on St. Andrews and Wilshire in Santa Monica it's there. Mr Pizza Factory may be the weirdest thing to hit the American palate in ages.

This place is the kind of place where you can get unbelieveable toppings on your pie. Tonight I went and had the calamari and the Shrimp Nude pizza.

The calamari caused a bit of a surprise by actually being good. The texture was tender and easy and it was served with a Wasabi Aioli sauce which was a hell of a lot of fun..

The pizza was, well, the weirdest thing I've ever eaten. I'm a guy that'll eat every single thing you can put in front of him. This pie was a bit of a challenge. As you ate it, it went from savory to sweet. At the beginning I was hit with the spicy shrimp, blue cheese sauce, and peppers and onions then it went to a nice, pleasantly sweet cream cheese sauce. The crust was dessert and the pizza was dinner.

A strange and interesting idea.

Everyone should go once to check it out. It's a bit pricey for what it is, but if it goes away no one will know what they were all about. So go.

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  1. I live around the corner from the one in Koreatown, I went in when it opened, saw the menu and walked out. I'm skidish. :)

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    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

      Don't be scared. It's wild n' crazy, but a lot of fun.


        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

          I'd just try something basic at first. The one I ate was a bit much for me, but I had to do it. My buddy tried a regular pie there and he said it was pretty good.

          It's just a cool place. Go in and do it.

    2. Thanks for the review. I've been eying the place for some time, but haven't made it there yet.

      1. Don't fear the Mr. Pizza Factory! Though I agree the prices are somewhat steep compared to a typical pizza place, the ingredients and novelty are definitely worth a visit.

        For a staff meeting once we got a pizza with shrimp on top and sweet potato in the crust that was pretty addictive. And where else can you get bulgogi or a side order of sweet pickles with your pizza?

        One minor point: they are actually in Koreatown, Los Angeles (about 3 miles west of the 110 Freeway and 2 miles N of the 10.) They also have specials now and again, the place is clean and cheery (it's a franchise, part of a Korean chain) and the staff is sweet, helpful and efficient.

        1. I had their Gold Potato pizza. It is a bit weird, i.e. the savory to sweet thing. The sweet potato in the crust taste like the yellow bean in those bao rolls and the pizza overall was really tasty (but a bit pricey). We also got the mushroom salad which was refreshing. I really like the decor and the diverse staff. They have a tv for sports and stella on tap!!

          I usually don't visit Korean restaurants without someone who isn't Korean cause I sometimes feel unconformable but that isn't the case with this restaurant.

          1. I pass this place on Wilshire all the time. The name is odd. I mean, "Mr. Pizza" sounds nice, and so does "Pizza Factory." But noit "Mr. Pizza Factory." Maybe there was some kind of merger.

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            1. re: Normal Garciaparra

              Nope, being a Korean Pizza chain they have that sort of "Engrish" sort of name that sounds odd to the English speaking ear, but sounds okay for them. Hell, the slogan there is "Pizza for women" due to the original location being across from a women's university.

              Cool stuff. I'm such a cheerleader for places I like.

              1. re: therealbigtasty

                If it's "Pizza for women," shouldn't it be "Ms. Pizza Factory?" :)