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Feb 2, 2008 11:23 AM

ISO coal fired pizza

hello, i have had very good Coal Fired pizza (at Lambardis (sp?) in ny and anthony's in florida) and would like to find some in los angeles. It has a unique taste from the special ovens. I live on the westside but could drive almost anywhere. Thanks

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  1. Southern California Air Quality Management District says "NO COAL" for you!

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    1. re: Servorg

      hey servorg,
      i was looking through the SCAQMD's rules and couldn't find anything about coal (anthractie) being banned. could you let me know where you got that info?


      1. re: tk421

        There was a BBQ at Fig & Sunset years ago and they used wood inside, they had to spend thousands and thousands to meet AQMD guidlines. When BBQ King took over they just moved the smoking outside and there you have it, no problems. I think it would just be so expensive to have coal or wood fired in doors.

        1. re: tk421

          I know this is an old thread, but I had to comment.

          I have a friend who had a coffee shop in Costa Mesa where he roasted his own beans on site. He was getting so popular he wanted to move to a larger space across the street.

          The AQMD told him he'd need to install some devices on his roaster that were going to cost about $25,000, so he didn't move, didn't expand his business and was so embittered over the 18 month process that he went through he wound up selling his business and moving to Montana.

          1. re: scottca075

            The AQMD and the California Coastal Commission are pretty tough about issues like this. Gourmet Coffee Warehouse (now Groundwork) ran into the same issue years ago when they started roasting their beans on Rose, a block west of Lincoln. The surrounding neighborhood was up in arms about the exhaust issues from the roasting, and it didn't take long for the authorities to slap a cease-and-desist order on the shop. The roasting can be quite noxious. Montana doesn't have the population-related issues like SoCal. Aside from the diametrically opposed political views, what is an issue here obviously may or may not be one there.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Groundworks is pretty noxious to begin with.

              recently i tried two guns espresso and deux ex machina (i so hate that name) serving up handsome coffee. and pretty good berry munchers.

              1. re: kevin

                Groundwork had their day in the former self asGourmet Coffee Warehouse. They were sourcing beans from specific countries and then single source and organic. This was back in the early 90s?

                Haven't tried Two Guns but I've been tight-lipped about DEM and their beans - coffee counter disguised as a vintage biker shop.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  tight-lipped ?

                  you're not a fan of DEM (i hate that name and i hate that's it pretty darn pretentious), but i do like that rasberry thing and the lattes.

                  1. re: kevin

                    They do good coffee. It's somewhat off the radar so it's still easy to grab a cup there. Shhhh...

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      I see.

                      My bad.

                      I just learned about it a few weeks ago.

                      Sorry. Fuck.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Hounds be cool, especially you, Kev.

      2. No coal... but Mozza has a wood burning oven.

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          1. There are no coal ovens in the Los Angeles area. There are very few in New York, either -- Lombardi's got grandfathered in.

            1. There are no coal fired pizzerias in Los Angeles. A couple of places have wood-fired ovens, which is the closest you will get here, including Mozza Pizzeria, Il Capriccio Pizzeria and Nicky D's. Mozza is the closest to the westside, on Highland and Melrose.




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              1. re: DanaB

                Sit at the counter at Toscana in Brentwood and watch those pizzas slide in and out of the wood-burning oven.