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Want good pizza near Pasadena tonight- is there such a thing?

tokyoastrogirl Dec 13, 2007 03:19 PM

Prefer thin crust, not overly greasy and want to wash it down with some wine. Impossible in this neighborhood???

  1. mpken Dec 14, 2007 06:47 PM

    Folliero's
    5566 North Figueroa Street Highland Park, CA 90042 (323) 254-0505
    M-F 11am - 9:30pm. Sat & Sun 12 noon - 9:30pm.

    http://laist.com/2007/05/06/follieros...

    Parking in the back. Not as sketchy as the appearance on the outside. Great thin crust pizza and VERY reasonably prices. Kind of skimpy on the toppings, but great crust and cheese.

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      thomtompkins Dec 15, 2007 08:44 AM

      I am from Chicago but love a thin crust pizza. I havent found one anywhere in Pas thats any good at all. They are all plain and tasteless, including Avanti Cafe. I cant figure out how they get all the accolades. When Cafe la Fornaretta closed, out went in my opinion the best pizza in town because their building was sold. They have not opened up again and I am sad about that. Restaurant pizza: Gales pizza (and everything else) IS pretty good and after reading this I know I need to try Parkways too. Their food is damn good so I'm sure the pizza cant be bad. Thanks.

      1. re: thomtompkins
        monkuboy Dec 15, 2007 10:15 AM

        Try Tony's Pizza in San Marino on Huntington Drive. Better than Avanti for sure - the crust is a lot better. If you want really thin crust try Bollini's in Monterey Park. I've also heard Petrillo's in San Gabriel on Valley has really good thin crust pizza (you have to specially request this).. I've never had the thin crust but their regular crust pizza is my favorite of anywhere.

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          b0ardkn0t Dec 15, 2007 12:33 PM

          I've also heard many good things about Petrillos.
          There's more local pizza eateries around. There's mom and pop stores galore, especially in the "thin pizza" market int the SGV, but there are also more pizza restaurants that offer the deep dish thing. There's an Old World deli/restaurant that has good pizza, but I wouldn't say great (although their ingredients are above average as they have a nice selection of European/local meats, cheeses, and sausages) in West Covina and Upland. As for formal sit down Italian eateries, Pasadena yeah offers more of those, although so might Claremont.

        2. re: thomtompkins
          Local Dec 15, 2007 12:19 PM

          I'm generally not a pizza eater, but Parkway has always been successful in meeting our request for a very thin-"done crispy pleez" crust to assure there isn't any soft spot at the center. It's almost a given that we order whatever the special pizza is for an appetizer at family outings, but it really is perfect as a light dinner at the bar (same goes for the black bean soup- tho', oops, off topic). The crust is thinner than Gales - family members like Parkway over Gales, tho' Gales is no schlump.

          Also agree with you 100% re Avanti- i really just don't get it and have tried to like their stuff. Some of the combinations on their gourmet pizzas sound great but just don't wow me on the palate. Their pastas are equally plain, sometimes wiry, and also just too oily for me. Best thing they've got going is those addictive little garlic knot rolls (where the extra oil is like opium).

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        mbh65 Dec 14, 2007 03:41 PM

        Avanti or Dominico's

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          MaryT Dec 14, 2007 04:25 PM

          Zelo's wine is kind of pricey for what you get also, in addition to the selection problem, and the corkage is $8.

          Note too for you all like me enjoy a good salad with your pizza, they have a beet salad (with nuts and cheese, which vary in type and amount considerably) and an asparagus salad, which are usually pretty good, but at least a few times I've gotten some grit, which I just do not like.

          For thin, I still prefer the Arcadian Carmines to the South Pas, it seems like the food, and for certain the service are just better there.

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            MaryT Dec 14, 2007 04:27 PM

            Ooops, I've requested thin crust at both my local Wash Bl Domenicos and the one in Arcadia, and I've never seen or gotten what I would call thin crust at either location. JMHO.

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          editor3isme Dec 13, 2007 09:46 PM

          I would add Zelo Gourmet,
328 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia
(626) 358-8298
which is just east of Pasadena. First choice is Casa Bianca (5 minutes from old town), second is Zelo.

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          1. re: editor3isme
            ipsedixit Dec 14, 2007 12:36 PM

            Two problems with Zelo.

            1. It's thick cornmeal crust - not thin crust per OP's request.

            2. Wine selection, if you can call it that, at Zelo's is like a presidential election run by the old Soviet Union.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              TonyC Dec 14, 2007 03:03 PM

              Bollini's?

              that's ALMOST close to Pasadena...

              Thin crust, wood fired, absolutely not greasy, probably BYOB? never thought to ask. It's better than Petrilo's and at least 2x as good as Casa Bianca...

              1. re: TonyC
                monkuboy Dec 15, 2007 07:41 AM

                I'd say Bollini's is different from Petrillo's - different types of crust. But both are excellent! Mmm, haven't heard much about Bollini's on the CH threads lately. I think I'm going there today!

          2. ipsedixit Dec 13, 2007 07:45 PM

            Avanti Cafe on Lake Ave.

            http://006896d.netsolhost.com/1.html

            1. DanaB Dec 13, 2007 03:40 PM

              There's a new pizza place in Eagle Rock called Brownstone which people have compared to Vito's and Joe's. Here's a recent thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/458634

              You also might consider venturing to Los Feliz and hitting up Il Capriccio's pizzeria, which I think has the best pizza in the area. Here's a link to their webpage:

              http://www.ilcapricciopizzeria.com/

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                WildSwede Dec 14, 2007 07:26 AM

                No wine at Brownstone and the atmosphere does not sound like what TAG is looking for. You can go to Carmine's (they offer thin crust (not NY-style thin crust) on request - get it cooked well done) and have a full bar.

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                  PurpleTeeth Dec 14, 2007 07:40 AM

                  Brownstone will deliver to the Colorodo Wine company wine bar two doors down from them.

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                    WildSwede Dec 14, 2007 08:07 AM

                    Interesting.. did not know that. My experience with Brownstone is that you have to eat it the second it gets taken out of the oven (and cooked well done at that). My second piece (eaten in restaurant) definitely suffered from the time lapse!

                    1. re: WildSwede
                      PurpleTeeth Dec 14, 2007 08:11 AM

                      You can also bring wine to Brownstone. But yes they will deliver hot slices and whole pizza's to the wine store. Brownstone is open until 9pm tonight and the wine bar is open until 11pm

              2. Local Dec 13, 2007 03:33 PM

                sit at the bar at the Parkway Grill. or Gales.

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                Gale's
                452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

                Parkway Grill
                510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

                1. maxzook Dec 13, 2007 03:25 PM

                  If Eagle Rock counts as near Pasadena (and it should), there's Casa Bianca which is many CHers' idea of the best pizza in Los Angeles (I think it's the best in the area, and maybe in the top ten regionally).

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                  Casa Bianca Pizza Pie
                  1650 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                  1. re: maxzook
                    GilbyEast Dec 14, 2007 03:50 PM

                    I second Casa Bianca, I miss it so. And yes, they do serve wine.

                  2. Servorg Dec 13, 2007 03:22 PM

                    How about the pizza at Briganti?

                    http://www.brigantisouthpas.com/index...

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