New Haven Style Pizza in LA?
I'm a recent NY transplant in search of a good New Haven style pizza. I'm a big fan of Pepe's, Sally's, in NYC Lombardi's, Patsy's, John's....I've been sampling a lot of pie here in LA and so far, I can find a decent crust, but the cheese.... Has no one heard of fresh mozzarella. Please don't tell me Mozza. I want more options than the city's "hottest" restaurant.
Preferrably on the Westside that delivers.
Sally's and Pepe's use fresh mozzarella? Regardless, Joe's of NYC is set to open a branch in Santa Monica some time in September, and they definitely have fresh mozzarella pies. In the mean time, this ex CTer and NYer has been pleased with Abbott's, Vito's, and Lamonica's.
The closest I've found in flavor to a Sally's clam & garlic pie is the clam & garlic pie at Nicky D's Woodfired pizza in Silverlake.
However, there really is nothing exactly like a New Haven style pizza here in Los Angeles. I've heard speculation that the reason is that places like Sally's and Pepe's use a coal-oven, which is outlawed in Los Angeles. Wood-fired is the closest you'll get.
On the westside, my favorite pizza is at Antica Pizza in Marina Del Rey -- however, the pizza there is Neopolitan-style, not New Haven style.
13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Nicky D's Wood-Fired Pizza
2764 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
I've eaten at Sally's and Pepe's in New Haven, and too many places in NYC to mention, so I know whereof I speak. There's no place in LA that does coal-fired east coast pizza. Lots of places say New York Style on them, some are pretty good and some even get critical acclaim, but you won't find that particular style done to that particular degree in Los Angeles. Joe's (from NYC) is supposedly opening a place in Santa Monica in September. That might change things. Right now, I agree with the last poster. Hit Antica. It's Neapolitan rather than New York/New Haven, but the pizza margherita is pretty good. I've tried Mulberry, Lamonica's, Damiano's, Patsy D'Amore's and lots of other places. Some are overrated (Mulberry), some are underrated (Patsy's), but none has ever hit my bull's eye. I have yet to try Pizzeria Mozza, but I've heard great things. Every city has the cuisine it does best. For first-generation Italian/American Pizza it's New York and New Haven; for barbecued chicken pizza (not my thing, but that doesn't make it bad), it's Los Angeles. I guess you gotta enjoy the offerings of the city you're in, and, if you've just gotta have something, go to the city that offers it.
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