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Mushroom Pizza

ReelMike84 Oct 21, 2007 07:53 PM

I'm looking for a great slice of mushroom pizza in the LA area. I know there are plenty of fantastic pizza places, but I'm wondering if there is anyplace that their mushroom topping seems to really shine. Or for that matter, someplace where it's god-awful.

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    Hackenbush Oct 23, 2007 09:03 PM

    Vito's! Vito's! Vito's!

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      susiechoosie Oct 23, 2007 01:38 PM

      The porcini mushroom with fontina cheese pizza at Cube on La Brea is delicious - www.cubemarketplace.com.

      You have to call ahead and reserve a table at 7pm or 9pm though as they have two dinner seatings.

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        asnyder Oct 23, 2007 12:52 PM

        Stone Fire Pizza in West Hollywood does a nice mushroom pizza with truffle oil. Delicious.
        They also have a fantastic happy hour every day until 7pm - 1/2 off all pizzas and drink specials.

        1. Skunk2Racer Oct 22, 2007 03:35 PM

          Lamonica's NY in Westwood The Mushroom pizza is the Only one i get. Fresh sliced button mushrooms THIN sliced so the pizza dosen't get SOGGY!

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          1. re: Skunk2Racer
            sherpa50 Oct 23, 2007 12:32 PM

            I can't believe I forgot to mention Red Balls Rock & Roll Pizza on Topanga Canyon (address included in review below). Their mushroom pizza is deelish - the mushrooms are sauteed which makes it completely yummy. They are packed on weekends so go early (note: it's very noisy).


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            limaboy Oct 22, 2007 02:29 PM

            Caiotti on Tujunga in Studio City...


            1. ReelMike84 Oct 22, 2007 01:56 PM

              Wow some good ones here...it'll be hard to choose. I feel like I need to go on a mushroom pizza tasting tour. As far as what I'm starting to understand leads to a bad mushroom pizza, it sounds to be when the mushrooms come out of a can. I'm curious...if there is someone who prefers that, why exactly? Is it some sorta nostalgia or do they prefer the taste?

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              1. re: ReelMike84
                David Kahn Oct 22, 2007 02:27 PM

                I like fresh mushrooms better, but there is an issue with moisture. When cooked, fresh mushrooms give off a lot of water, which can lead to soggy pizza. One advantage of canned mushrooms is that they've been pre-cooked, so that phenomenon is not as pronounced. (A better option, I think, is to cook off some of the water by sauteing the mushrooms in a bit of olive oil before putting them on the pizza.)

                1. re: ReelMike84
                  ipsedixit Oct 22, 2007 03:12 PM

                  For a simple, non-fancy pizza, and when the mushrooms in question are the button kind, I prefer them out of a can.

                  Why? Canned mushrooms, with their higher moister content, tend to hold up better in the heat of the oven. Fresh button mushrooms end up looking and tasting like soot.

                  1. re: ReelMike84
                    trolley Oct 22, 2007 03:31 PM

                    i prefer mushrooms out of a can ONLY for pizza. it's part nostalgia/part taste thing for me. i grew up in NY eating canned mushrooms on pizza. but i also like how canned mushrooms do not affect the moisture of the pizza. i like david kahn's idea of sauteeing mushrooms before topping it off. i do that at home and actually prefer that over both fresh and canned but can't find a place that does that sort of thing.

                    also, i hear abbots pizza in venice supposedly does a nice mushroom pizza with mixed fresh mushrooms.

                    Abbot's Pizza Co
                    1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                    1. re: trolley
                      hrhboo Oct 22, 2007 03:39 PM

                      Abbot's sautees their mushrooms before topping the pizza.

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                        trolley Oct 22, 2007 04:25 PM

                        thanks for the tip hrhboo. i suppose i have to take my own suggestion and head out to abbots for some mushroom pizza. love making pizza at home but with this crazy weather it's a bit too hot right now in the kitchen to crank up the oven.

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                          epop Oct 24, 2007 12:19 AM

                          their mushroom pizza can be tremendous but i've had it when it was only fair. i'm not sure why it is inconsistent.

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                            a_and_w Oct 24, 2007 04:21 PM

                            I think they pre-make some of their specialty pies like the wild mushroom, which means the freshness varies. One of my favorite combos is olive pesto, mushrooms, red onions, and feta, and because they make it to order, I've never been disappointed.

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                              hrhboo Oct 24, 2007 04:26 PM

                              Agreed! The pizza sold by the slice varies from just ok to excellent, depending on how long the slices have been sitting there. I'm never disappointed when I've ordered a whole pie, but I have had the odd lackluster slice.

                              1. re: hrhboo
                                epop Oct 25, 2007 08:28 AM

                                i ordered the whole pie a couple weeks ago and it was very bad but
                                when i've ordered the slices the 3 other times they were great.
                                the whole pie tasted stale, oddly enough.

                    2. re: ReelMike84
                      maxzook Oct 22, 2007 07:30 PM

                      Since this issue has come up on another pizza thread, I won't duplicate my response:


                    3. David Kahn Oct 22, 2007 01:40 PM

                      There's a little Italian place on Larchmont, just a little north of Leonidas on the same side of the street. (Sorry, can't remember the name; but it might be Girasole.) The things I've ordered there have been a bit hit-and-miss, but their mushroom pizza has been consistently good.

                      And, of course, I agree about Mozza, although, in all honesty, there are other pizzas there that I like even more.

                      Girasole Restaurant & Takeout
                      225 1/2 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                      1. maxzook Oct 22, 2007 10:10 AM

                        I'm not much for mushrooms as a solo ingredient, but that may be because it's hard to find a place that uses good fresh ones. My favorite combo is pepperoni, mushrooms and fresh garlic; as much as I like Casa Bianca, the main reason I don't go there any more is that they use canned 'shrooms.

                        My favorites for mushroom quality are the assorted wild mushroom pie at Pitfire Pizza in North Hollywood, Universal City and Westwood, and the Capriccioso with artichokes and prosciutto at Il Cappriccio in Los Feliz. (Il Cappriccio has shiitakes as a topping if you looking for pure mushrooms.)

                        Il Capriccio di Carlo (was Il Capriccio Pizzeria)
                        4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                        Pitfire Pizza
                        108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                        Pitfire Pizza Company
                        5211 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                        Pitfire Pizza Company
                        2018 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                        1. re: maxzook
                          sherpa50 Oct 22, 2007 11:53 AM

                          Vito's makes a mushroom pizza that is just loaded with wild ones; in fact, it's a little too loaded for my taste, but you might like it.


                        2. mnosyne Oct 22, 2007 09:21 AM

                          Pizzicotto on San Vicente in Brentwood.

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                            msmd310 Oct 21, 2007 11:43 PM

                            Spark on Pico at Beverly

                            its *really* a good Pizza (I don;t like any of their other food)

                            1. ipsedixit Oct 21, 2007 08:42 PM

                              The mixed mushroom pizza at Pizzeria Mozza is very good. If I recall correctly, it has chanterelle, porcini and oyster mushrooms (and maybe one other that I might be forgetting).

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                                bite bite Oct 21, 2007 08:22 PM

                                I love Pace's mushroom pizza aka Mystic pie -- (Laurel Canyon and Kirkwood area)

                                1. Emme Oct 21, 2007 08:16 PM


                                  Tony's Little Italy Pizza



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