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Mr. Pizza Factory...GO THERE!

therealbigtasty Jul 15, 2007 03:25 AM

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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    LuluTheMagnificent RE: therealbigtasty Jul 15, 2007 08:53 AM

    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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      therealbigtasty RE: LuluTheMagnificent Jul 15, 2007 03:28 PM

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


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        LuluTheMagnificent RE: therealbigtasty Jul 16, 2007 11:00 AM

        What do you recommend I try?

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          therealbigtasty RE: LuluTheMagnificent Jul 16, 2007 06:54 PM

          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. sku RE: therealbigtasty Jul 15, 2007 06:26 PM

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

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        stvnptrk66 RE: therealbigtasty Jul 15, 2007 06:45 PM

        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.

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          kek is khmer RE: therealbigtasty Jul 16, 2007 09:35 AM

          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. Normal Garciaparra RE: therealbigtasty Jul 16, 2007 12:45 PM

            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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              therealbigtasty RE: Normal Garciaparra Jul 16, 2007 06:56 PM

              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.

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                Normal Garciaparra RE: therealbigtasty Jul 17, 2007 12:17 PM

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

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                  therealbigtasty RE: Normal Garciaparra Jul 18, 2007 09:42 AM


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              WBGuy RE: therealbigtasty Aug 13, 2007 08:49 PM

              Went to Mr. Pizza Factory a couple of days ago, on a packed Friday evening. On the waiter's recommendation we ordered the fried calamari and the Potato Gold pizza. I saw that most other tables had ordered this as well, so I was pretty curious about this. Why not?

              The calamari arrived nice and hot. It was nice. Not bad, but nothing to crow about. The wasabi aioli, if it contained any wasabi at all, was so mild I thought it was just simple mayonnaise.

              The pizza... well I wish I could say that it was interesting to say the least, but it was simply the blandest pizza I had ever eaten. It was so heavy full of starch, and the wimpy slice of bacon added little to no flavor to the mix. Ok, the sweet potato edging around the rim of the crust was a nice novelty, I'll give it that. Still, I regretted each bite that I took of the pizza, because I was stuffing my stomach full of empty starches for zero enjoyment of the experience.

              We ordered the small pizza, but were stuffed after only a couple of rounds. We had to pack up half of it to take home, where with the simple addition of fresh tomato sauce and basil made it a lot more palatable the next day.

              No, I did not like the potato pizza. Felt as wierd as eating a spaghetti sandwich, or a fried-rice pie, if such carbo-crammed conconctions existed.

              Maybe I should have tried the shrimp pizza, but I doubt we'd be going back soon, when there are so many better places to try in that neighborhood.

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                Josh90004 RE: WBGuy Aug 13, 2007 09:23 PM

                The menu looks horrifying.

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                  bighennyc RE: Josh90004 Nov 30, 2007 10:38 AM

                  I suggest you give it a try. Only place in koreatown to grab a cold beer and some good pizza. They have plasmas showing sports games all the time so thats a plus.

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                    aventinus RE: Josh90004 May 11, 2008 01:25 PM

                    You should see the pictures, lol.


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                  dudeasincool RE: therealbigtasty Apr 12, 2008 10:25 PM

                  I agree with the "Go There" comment. The combos may sound strange, but I think they have the best pizza in LA.

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                    chowhoundwoof RE: therealbigtasty May 11, 2008 11:00 AM

                    I've been there two times and definitely enjoyed both experiences! The Potato Gold pizza was delicious. In fact, it was a blast to me. Also had the spaghetti pomodoro (spell?), the sauce was great with sun dried tomatos. Nice place to hang out. They have lunch specials on weekdays if you are in the area.

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                      cpanagakis RE: therealbigtasty Jun 17, 2008 03:51 PM

                      In addition to being the best example of culinary telephone (Italian-to-American-to-Korean-to-American) this place is just plain delicious. It's nothing you expect, and for a Chicagoan who also did serious time in NYC as I am, a bit of a challenge. It is, however, thoroughly delicious.

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