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Pizza on Cape Ann

resipsaloquitor May 14, 2008 08:39 AM

Our favorite pizza place used to be La Rosa's in East Gloucester but since the change in ownership, the pizza has lost its fabulous-ness. We tried Maria's last week and were really disappointed. It was nothing special, even a little flavorless.

We like a thin crust and not too greasy. Any recs?

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    treb RE: resipsaloquitor May 14, 2008 08:55 AM

    Not thin crust, but very tasty and with a good crispy crust, try La Trattoria on Main St. in Gloucesta or in Ipswich Riverside, excellent.

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      resipsaloquitor RE: treb May 14, 2008 09:52 AM

      I adore Riverview and get there when I can. I'm so lazy and tired on Friday nights, I'm looking for something closer to East Glo. I'll definitely try La Trattoria. Many thanks.

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        treb RE: resipsaloquitor May 14, 2008 04:08 PM

        Give it a try, the entrees are also very good, I like his red sauce, had eggplant parm last time, I couldn't finish it, excellent and very reasonable.

    2. MenuPorn RE: resipsaloquitor May 15, 2008 06:28 AM

      Captain Hook's in Gloucester was our local when we lived there--the sauce is different, kind of sweet, but really good. Nothing fancy but tastes great.

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        resipsaloquitor RE: MenuPorn May 15, 2008 10:16 AM

        Thanks for idea. I love your screen name!

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          FoonFan RE: MenuPorn May 15, 2008 06:39 PM

          Captain Hook's is also a decent destination for lobster rolls and fried seafood.

        2. SEH RE: resipsaloquitor May 15, 2008 09:54 AM

          I've had La Rosa's twice since the change in ownership and we thought it was better than before. The ingredients seemed fresher and I like the crust (kind of had a Veggie Planet-like tasting crust), but I thought it could have used a little more time in the oven both times. Next time I will try ordering well done. I like thin & non-greasy too. This fit the non-greasy bill, but it is not a classic thin crust.

          La Trattoria did not do it for me but I only tried it once. Seemed really underdone. I really like Riverview in Ipswish too. I also think Espresso's on Main St G is pretty good. Espresso's seems most like a classic Italian thin crust. Service & ambiance really lack there but not a necessity for take out.

          I've been curious about Willow Rest. They advertise brick oven pizza.

          I tried pizza at Zoe's tapas bar in Beverly recently. The place is lovely with a great long bar, good wine/beer/cocktails, but the pizza was pretty bad. Tasted like fast food pizza.

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            resipsaloquitor RE: SEH May 15, 2008 10:13 AM

            Excellent idea about ordering the pizza from La Rosa's well done. Maybe that's what it tastes a little different.

            I haven't been to Espressor's in such a long time. What are your thoughts on Leonardo's?

            Ah, the Willow Rest. A visit to 1954.

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              SEH RE: resipsaloquitor May 16, 2008 09:51 AM

              Never tried Leonardo's but I think my husband did and was not impressed. As bgavin said, I miss Sal's.

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              capeanne RE: SEH May 15, 2008 01:05 PM

              Re Willowrest...did it once , just awful and it takes alot for me to throw out a pizza...soogy not fresh ingredients and basically inedible

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                SEH RE: capeanne May 16, 2008 09:49 AM

                Good to know!

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                treb RE: SEH May 15, 2008 01:15 PM

                If you really want 'off the hook' pizza, try Angela's Coal Fired on Rte 1 in Saugus.

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                  capeanne RE: treb May 15, 2008 03:51 PM

                  we tried Angela's once and I liked the sauce and the toppings esp the ratio but the crust reminded me of pita bread...and as I was thinking it another person sitting next to us at the bar said the same thing out loud ! Am I off here ??

              3. bgavin RE: resipsaloquitor May 15, 2008 10:05 AM

                Makes me miss Sal's.
                You want lazy? Me, walking down to Rockport House of Pizza.

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                  resipsaloquitor RE: bgavin May 15, 2008 10:17 AM


                  What's your favorite restaurant in Rockport? We've had mixed luck there.

                2. SEH RE: resipsaloquitor May 16, 2008 09:59 AM

                  BTW, for anyone who likes to pick up pizza dough and make their own... I got a dough from the refrigerator case at Sclafani's on Washington St. It made a great pizza on my pizza stone!

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                    resipsaloquitor RE: SEH May 16, 2008 10:19 AM

                    Thanks, that's a great idea. I like to make mini-vegetarian pizzas at home. I keep forgetting about Sclafani's but so many people rave about the food.

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