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Tomato Pie Opens in Silverlake

SoCal Foodie Mar 19, 2008 01:57 PM

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint has opened a second branch in Silverlake and wanted to know from fellow chowhounders how their NY style pizza compares to other places in LA. Thanks!

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint
2457 Hyperion
(corner of Tracy and across from Baller Hardware)

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  1. Chowpatty RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 20, 2008 10:56 AM

    I went by there this morning and it looks like it's quite a ways from opening -- it looks like the chiropractor who used to be there hasn't even moved out yet. I'd say it's a minimum of two months to build a kitchen in there.

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      SoCal Foodie RE: Chowpatty Mar 20, 2008 11:51 AM

      Hi Chowpatty,
      I called Tomato Pie and they informed me their official opening was this past Monday and 90% of their menu is available. Their sign isn't up yet and you need to enter from the back since they are still getting things organized.

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        silverlakebodhisattva RE: Chowpatty Mar 20, 2008 11:54 AM

        So Cal: I drove by there last night, and my impression was like Patty's. I saw so little that looked like a pizza place that my immediate question is: WHICH corner is it on?

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          SoCal Foodie RE: silverlakebodhisattva Mar 20, 2008 12:04 PM

          Hi Silverlakebodhisattva,
          I haven't visited the place yet, but they informed me they are on Hyperion at the corner of Tracy St. next door to the arts store. You need to enter from the back and it's the brown painted building.

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            silverlakebodhisattva RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 20, 2008 02:13 PM

            Oh, that sounds like the southwest corner; SURE wasn't anything that looked like a restaurant, or even a "back entrance"....

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              Chowpatty RE: silverlakebodhisattva Mar 20, 2008 03:17 PM

              It's the former chiropractor that's immediately adjacent to the hair salon on the corner.
              IMHO, they should just wait until the place is finished before soliciting business, maybe just do some private tastings in the meantime. I don't feel like I can recommend it to my readers with no sign and a bunch of junk in the front room.

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                LaLa Eat RE: Chowpatty Mar 20, 2008 10:49 PM

                I did a slow drive by after work and it looked like there were tables set up in the back of that building... how anyone would know that there was a pizza place back there is beyond me! I can not fathom them getting any business! Very odd that they would open this way.
                Is that the whole space (in the back) or are they also taking over the office (which looks occupied) in the front as well?

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                  carter RE: LaLa Eat Mar 21, 2008 09:40 PM

                  Yes, the tables are set up in the back, and it is the green building, with the salon in front, the middle is a flower shop, while the Pizza place is in back. I walked in tonight, and there were about 4 or so customers, so some people have already found out about the place.
                  www.tomatopiepizzajoint.com for more details.
                  Also have a location on Melrose at Gardner, fwiw!
                  Did not eat anything, however, as had just finished dinner.

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                    monku RE: LaLa Eat Mar 21, 2008 10:22 PM

                    That's a flower shop that is owned by the wife of one of the Tomato Pie co-owners.
                    They said the Tomato Pie on Melrose is even smaller than this location.

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                      LaLa Eat RE: monku Mar 23, 2008 01:01 AM

                      I found it! You have to walk around back and lo and behold there is a pizza place. Lots of tables set up out back and one inside. It did seem like there were getting some brisk business for not even having a sign! I got a couple of slices and agree with Monku's assessment, IMHO not quite as good as a Vito's or Joe's slice...but good. A welcome addition to the neighborhood!

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                        silverlakebodhisattva RE: LaLa Eat Mar 23, 2008 01:43 PM

                        Found it on Friday, when I had to come back home to let in a plumber; pretty good!

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                    monku RE: Chowpatty Mar 24, 2008 10:43 PM

                    They got a sign up today....you got to look for it, but there's now a sign right by the driveway.

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            SoCal Foodie RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 21, 2008 01:29 PM

            They are on the same side of the street as Baller Hardware but directly across on Tracy St. and located all the way in the back when you enter the small parking lot. Stopped by and spoke with the very nice owner who informed me they officially opened this past Tuesday but still in the midst of constructing the place. Their pizza slices weren't ready since I came by early so I ordered a whole NY style cheese pie to go. Let me say that even though they've been opened for just a few days, this was the best NY style pizza I've eaten in SoCal IMHO with the crust being crispy and the correct balance of cheese to sauce! I'm so happy that Tomato Pie has opened in Silverlake and can't wait to try it again, along with their other types of pizza!

            1. johnnyshungry RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 21, 2008 02:03 PM

              Just ordered 2 extra large pizza's and salads for my crew and all was good they all seemed to like it from the silverlake location.
              I was happy.

              1. monku RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 21, 2008 10:15 PM

                Stopped in today and co-owner Garrett said its a soft opening. Said the guy he ordered their sign from ran off with their money and thats why there's no sign, should have one next week.

                Ordered the large (pictured) cheese pizza...NY style thin crust $13. Very good pizza and sauce is made from scratch, nice crunch to the crust. In addition to classic style pizzas they have Sicilian, strombolis, calzone and gourmet pizzas. The have salads, sandwiches, individual slices and appetizers like hot wings. They take pizza serious.....softened water and high end flour for the pizza dough which is made fresh daily on the premises.

                You won't see the place from the street or even the parking lot. There are 3 buildings- the salon, a flower shop (owned by one of the wives of the co-owner of Tomato Pie) and Tomato Pie in the back of the two other buildings. It was a new addition to the complex.

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                  Derf RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 24, 2008 11:42 AM

                  went to the one on melrose yesterday for quick bite. I had a few slices of the ready made pizzas and a slice of the tomatoe pie. everything was pretty solid. The tomatoe pie wasnt that great but I definately have to try ordering a whole pizza from them next time.

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                    dollallama RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 25, 2008 10:05 PM

                    Went there tonight after work and ordered a cheese pie to go and got a tomato slice while I waited. The tomato slice was heaven, reminded me of my favorite grandma slice in NY (Driggs Pizza) only slightly less crispy but still really wonderful. The cheese pie was just so so, but I will be back (many times) for the tomato pie and would recommend that to anyone planing a trip.

                    As for the location, it's not gonna get a ton of people walking in off the street for sure but with the high school down the street and the delicious (and hard to locate in LA) tomato slice it should be around for a while.

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                      Silverlaker RE: dollallama Mar 26, 2008 01:02 AM

                      Anyone try their salads? I'm always looking for salad options in the hood.

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                        monku RE: Silverlaker Mar 26, 2008 05:37 PM

                        They said they weren't interested in courting Marshall HS students.

                        Friend had a salad last weekend and said it was pretty good sized and fresh along with one of the sandwiches which they said was huge.

                        "CRISPY"--You gotta eat the pizza there. The co-owner from NY (upstate NY) saw me eating a pie I ordered there and I commented how I like my thin crust crispy and he put the rest of the slices back in the oven. He reminded me that in NYC when you order pizza by the slice they reheat it in the oven before serving and it gets crispy. Even sitting on the pan he said it can lose some of its crunch, so imagine what happens when you take it home in a box.

                    2. annalulu RE: SoCal Foodie Mar 28, 2008 09:21 PM

                      Just wanted to throw my opinion in the ring. My workplace orders in pizza every Friday, and we have been doing Hard Times for months. What a great thing to read about Tomato Pie! The boss gave them a call yesterday to make sure the order could be handled and today was the day.

                      We ordered the large sheet pizzas, which have a thicker crust, but no less tasty. The toppings are really top notch and the variety is great, especially when it's pizza every single Friday. The salad offerings are good too, and I hear there are more than the online menu states.

                      Delivery was prompt and hot and the crew was thrilled to get something different.

                      Thumbs up on my end!

                      1. luswei RE: SoCal Foodie Apr 26, 2008 09:30 PM

                        i love Tomato Pie! Garrett is very sweet, accommodating, friendly. Have had Grandmother's pizza, eggplant, pesto. The cucumber salad is refreshing.

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                          PeteyPie RE: SoCal Foodie Apr 29, 2008 01:06 PM

                          Being from NYC, these place on melrose kinda reminds me of the place across from my High School in the Bronx, but the pizza didn't. Don't go when school is in session, you will be battling your life for a table. Its a good slice and run place but definitely not suited for the families. I stopped by the Silverlake place, very hard to find and that Hard times even though now owned by Koreans seems to have it locked up over there.

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                            Chowpatty RE: PeteyPie Apr 29, 2008 03:18 PM

                            I don't think Hard Times has it locked up anymore. Most people I know have been very happy to switch to Tomato Pie as it is cheaper, tastier and they are nicer.

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                            dangerjeff RE: SoCal Foodie Jun 13, 2009 05:15 PM

                            Tomato Pie is one of the best pizza places in the US - hands down!

                            Someone mentioned Hard Times in a comment on this page. That place is JACKED and has been for years. Not even close to the quality and care of Tomato Pie and other local pizza joints that put heart and soul into their work - Nikki D's, Buona, et al

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                              bruinike RE: dangerjeff Jun 13, 2009 05:44 PM

                              I tried the outpost on Melrose last week and was SOOO happy I did. I am not a fan of NY-style as I tend to like a thicker crust (bread fan!) and the NY-style I've had tends to be soggy to me but it was crisp and doughy where it needed to be. I had a slice of the Grandma (which Alan Richman tried in the GQ Top 25 pizzas article) and of course the Tomato Pie - that tomato sauce MAKES it. The smell was intoxicating!!

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