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Best Pizza (NY Style) in LA

I really do hate pretentious restaurant posts, but when it comes to pizza, my nose is up in the air with the best of them. I'm looking for decent NY style pizza in LA, but the situation is so dire, I'll just take nominations for best pizza. First, let’s set a few ground rules before you even think about replying to this post. To dispel some popular notions:

1) Pizza in LA is really not that bad --- WRONG. Per capita, this has got to be the most pathetic offerings of pizza pies in the country. I'll attribute that partially to lower popularity due to health fanatic LA residents, and partially because locals have never really experienced the real thing so don't know any better.
2) Big triangle slices = NY style -- WRONG. While key to a good NY style pie, having a thin, non-distracting crust is equally important.
3) Sausage should come in chunks -- WRONG. The best NY style pie virtually always has sausage sliced thin similar to pepperoni.

Been to Abbots..swill. Been to Mulberry St...Congratulations, a NY style pie with interesting toppings, but not a very good one. Been to Mozza...decent, but at the end of the day, average. Without out a doubt, the best I've been to is Manhattan pizza right next to the pier. But unless you like the ambience of a 1950s bomb shelter, hard to motivate to go out of your way to get there.

As I head East of the 405 about twice a year at best, I'm enforcing the strict "LA" qualification. Larchmont? Sorry. Burbank. Sorry. Pasadena. Buh-bye. Even Silver Lake/Eagle Rock qualifies as an overnight trip. If it’s in the Valley, it better be right over the hill.

So let's hear it people. Is there anything else out there? Or am I doomed to a life without good pizza?

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      1. Others have disagreed (violently), but IMHO the closest thing to NY style pizza in SoCal can be found at Little Toni's in North Hollywood.

        A good thin crust, crispy but sufficiently pliant for the slice to be folded. The cheese is half mozzarella and half cheddar, which is a combo I've only seen elsewhere in Manhattan. Good toppings.

        Note: they're closed for lunch but open until 2 am.

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        Little Toni's
        4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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        1. re: maxzook

          Sorry, but as a NYC resident for nearly 20 years I can tell you that Little Toni's is possibly the farthest thing from NYC pizza I have had in LA. Totally not what the original poster will be looking for. I too am looking for a good NY slice out here..unsuccessfully.

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