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best non-mozza pizza in LA?

avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:00 PM

What's the best pizza place in LA that is not Pizzeria Mozza?

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  1. Saffron_Kid RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:08 PM

    Pizzarito in Marina Del Rey. So good! Not fancy like Mario Batali’s place but a good cheese slice and great sausage. Nice! Cheers, Saffron_Kid.

    1. Das Ubergeek RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:11 PM

      Vito's in WeHo.

      1. scurvy RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:14 PM

        I was super impressed with Zelo in Arcadia last weekend. That corn pizza is amazing!

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          woofer RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:14 PM

          i'm a fan of lamonica's

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            nosh RE: woofer Jul 17, 2007 02:41 PM

            I live in Westwood and Lamonica's does the job for me. There are coupons a couple of times per week in the Daily Bruin for 2-topping large pizzas with tax and a drink for $12.95 -- I like the sausage and pepperoni, sprinkled with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Reliable delivery. (I think the same pizza on their regular menu comes in just under $14, before tax, and they have a two-for-one deal on Mondays.)

            There are occasional send-ups on this board for other places, for example the "New York" pizza place on Santa Monica Blvd and Sepulveda a few months ago. Doesn't compare. I've liked Victor Jr's down on Washington in Culver City for meatball subs and their pizza looks great, but more expensive and they don't deliver this far. I've gotta try the Coop now that I've found it way down on National near the freeway and Venice Blvd.

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            avacadosando RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:16 PM

            Thanks! what do you all think of Casa Bianca?

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              Das Ubergeek RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:24 PM

              Tasty, but not worth the hour-long wait.

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                Griller141 RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 17, 2007 08:27 PM

                Not to mention that that wait is often on the street, there are no reservations for less than 6, the place is a mob scene, and that the pies are good but not better than you can get elsewhere. Crust is thin and crackery which is a little different from most and seems to be the big attraction. On the other hand $7 carafes of $4 wine is pretty good. Adherents seem to me to have some sort of religious mind set. The much raved about deep fried eggplant topping has a nice texture but is tasteless.

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                nd33x RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 03:29 PM

                Best in LA.

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                  KaceyLaine RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 04:55 PM

                  I think Casa Bianca's meatball and pepperoni pizza is AMAZING..... but even their plain old cheese is something-to-rave-about! I love love love Casa Bianca!

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                  SoCal Foodie RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:41 PM

                  Petrillo's in San Gabriel!

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                    The Oracle RE: SoCal Foodie Jul 17, 2007 04:41 PM

                    Second Petrillo's! Their speciality pizza is amazing!

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                      monkuboy RE: The Oracle Jul 17, 2007 08:10 PM

                      Third Petrillo's - I like them.

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                    nimo RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 12:42 PM

                    There is better, and more reasonable, pizza to be found in LA that is not Mozza - Vitos on La Cienega, and Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock being my favorites. La Buca and Angelini Osteria also have traditional Italian pizzas that are excellent. All are easily on par with, if not better than, Mozza.

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                      monkuboy RE: nimo Jul 17, 2007 03:36 PM

                      Yes, the OP original question is worded as though it is a foregone conclusion that Mozza is the best L.A. has to offer. : }

                    2. ipsedixit RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 01:35 PM


                      Zelo Pizzeria
                      328 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006

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                        rftc2121 RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 02:17 PM

                        Albano's on Melrose or Damiano's on Fairfax. Thin crust, not too greasy and totally foldable.

                        Now if only I could find a solid stromboli!

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                          Das Ubergeek RE: rftc2121 Jul 17, 2007 06:06 PM


                        2. SauceSupreme RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 02:37 PM

                          My favorite is Village Pizzeria in Larchmont.

                          Village Pizzeria
                          131 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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                            maudies5 RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 03:18 PM

                            In Brentwood I like Toscana and Amici

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                              2chez mike RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 03:19 PM

                              Cafe Angelino on 3rd.

                              1. Emme RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 03:57 PM

                                All of these are different types, but good in their own rights...
                                Second Vito's
                                Dino's in Burbank
                                Joe Peep's

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                                  rftc2121 RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 04:20 PM

                                  Addendum: If you're downtown, Purgatory Pizza with the El Diablo sauce is outstanding.

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                                    russkar RE: rftc2121 Jul 17, 2007 09:12 PM

                                    We also like Pizza Next Door for that NYC feel when in Downtown.

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                                    jeremyhaft1 RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 04:25 PM

                                    village pizzeria for sure, i tried vito's and was not impressed.

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                                      Obessed RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 04:29 PM

                                      Definitely Vito's

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                                        wizardx RE: Obessed Jul 17, 2007 04:49 PM

                                        2nd and 3rd ! Vito's

                                        Mulberry street in Encino and Red Balls Rock and roll Pizza in Woodland Hills are very good substitutes

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                                        LisaStitch RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 05:20 PM

                                        I love Vito's and Albano's for east coast style pizza and think they are the best pizza in LA.

                                        But if your idea of the best pizza in LA is Mozza, then in that context, I suggest you try Bossa Nova. They have very good pizza and a nice variety of less common toppings (shrimp, sun-dried tomato, pesto, etc.). and a banana pizza with mascarpone and cinnamon, yum!

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                                          Clyde RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 05:55 PM

                                          places i really like are Vitos, Mulberry, Angeli has great pizza - their bread is amazing, abotts pizza in venice. village pizza on larchmont is pretty good. i used to love albanos until the bug in my pizza incident, Roccos on wilshire isn't bad at all either.

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                                            chris1621 RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 06:53 PM

                                            Angelini Osteria and Pizza Rustica on Sunset are two of my faves. Still need to try Vito's...

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                                              sloanedone RE: chris1621 Jul 17, 2007 09:08 PM

                                              Vito's and Village tie for number one, Lamonica's a close second. Restaurant-wise, La Buca and Angelini, and Angeli are all pretty great.

                                              I think Casa Bianca is overrated. I judge a pie on how good it is with just cheese and Casa doesn't measure up. If you don't get the sausage it's trouble.

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                                              stacyface RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 09:14 PM

                                              We love Little Tony's pizza in North Hollywod, thin, but not super thin crust, tasty, light sauce and yummy cheese, not greasy and great toppings, very classic Italian pizza

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                                                chowchi1 RE: avacadosando Jul 17, 2007 10:08 PM

                                                Casa Bianca is my favorite. The crust is crispy which is why it does not fall over and droop. I'm a big fan of the sausage and cheese -- this is real italian sausage with fennel seeds not the artificial flavored Sausage that tends to be the norm. And the plain cheese is delicious as well, Also, am a fan of Zelo's as well. For NY style I like Mulberry Street. Still have to try Petrillo's.

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