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Jun 13, 2008 04:50 PM

Best Pizza Delivery on Westside???

My friend is in town from Chicago, and she's fiending for pizza. What is the best place that DELIVERS on the westside (around Santa Monica Blvd and 405)? Jacopo's closed, on Olympic, so I'm looking for a new place. PLEASE HEP! =) Thanks!

((And no, not Papa John's.... BLECH!))

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  1. I think that Pit Fire Pizza on Westwood Blvd. would work for you. By the way, they even offer Auntie Em cupcakes if you feel like being really, really bad, (in a good way).

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    1. re: Servorg

      Oooo . . this looks good! I like the BYOB tie in with Wally's, which has a superb selection of wines, epsecially from California. Thanks!

      1. re: Servorg

        I am only aware of Pitfire from the downtown location. I remember lines of court and officeworkers ordering large but individual size pizzas or pasta or salads for a quick lunch. (At the time most items were more like $7 rather than today's $10.) Pizza was passable and filling and hot, but nothing special. Is the Westwood location, where people can actually park and eat in, significantly better?

        1. re: nosh

          The pizza is good. I like their crust quite a bit and the sauce and toppings are of good quality/taste. The crust has just the right amount of char on it. I think their salads are a little weak, very light on the dressing which doesn't have a lot of flavor for my likes. Their pasta reminds me of what I've had at CPK. Not bad, but nothing I'd rush to eat. The Westwood Blvd. location does have a good parking lot, if a little narrow and the inside has very comfortable booths all the way around the perimeter. Service has always been good, (order at the counter and they bring you your food). I do wish they offered larger sized pies, but on the other hand my wife can get what she likes with having to fight me for a fair share (which she likes).

          1. re: Servorg

            I keep meaning to try Pitfire -- looks tasty.

      2. Delivery pizza is always a tough one as the pizza tends to lose its texture with the transport time.

        That doesn't stop me from ocassionally ordering from the following list:

        Lamonica's New York Pizza
        1066 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

        Joe's Pizza of Bleecker Street N.Y.C
        111 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA

        Abbot's Pizza Company II
        1811 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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        1. re: Frommtron

          Sadly, Joe's doesn't deliver past 26th. Lamonica's will and Abbott's might, but beware -- Abbott's delivery can take hours.

          1. re: a_and_w

            While they don't offer the large chain guarantee of 30 minutes or less, Abbot's takes between 45-60 min. consistently. That is, unless you happen to call at halftime during an NBA Finals game featuring the Lakers. Then you've got a serious wait. I've always found them to accurately predict my delivery time so at least they're up front about it.

            As stated by several, the problem with delivery pizza is that it gets cold and the crust gets a bit rubbery. Abbot's and Joe's are also consistent in that their pizzas arrive the coldest of any delivery service I've experienced. That could be the delivery time or maybe they don't use insulating envelopes. Who knows? But take that extra wait time to preheat your oven.

            1. re: Frommtron

              Perhaps you've been lucky? I used to order from the Pico Abbott's weekly. They usually took an hour minimum and I gave up after one pie actually took 2.5 hours to arrive. Nor is this just me -- my friends have had the same experience. The night of the 2.5 hour fiasco, we actually argued about whether to order delivery or pick it up. That was the last time I got delivery from Abbott's.

              1. re: a_and_w

                While I can't say I order pizza nearly as often as you do, I've ordered from Abbot's more than is probably healthy over the past 8 years.

                I have never had an experience even close to what you describe. I'm not sure if you ordered on a big game day or not (that's just a recipe for disaster) but that's crazy! If that happened to me I'd give up the place for good. I can make my own pizza with that kind of time.

                Luckily for me, even if things are running on the long side they have always been very good about predicting delivery time for me. Again, not fast by a long shot but your experience sounds profoundly unlucky.

        2. Lamonica's in Westwood. A bit greasy, yes, but big, lots of cheese, good char on the crust, and reheats well in a castiron skillet in a hot oven. I like the pepperoni and sausage.

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          1. re: nosh

            The cast iron skillet is a good idea. If I can be bothered I sometimes use the pizza stone that sits on the floor of my oven at all times and that works well, too.

            1. re: Frommtron

              Whichever way you go, Lamonica's pizza reheats extremely well, as should be expected from a place that sells a lot of slices. The pizzas are very large, with eight big slices, and two for me is usually sufficient and three is a pig out. The pies come with a nice char to the bottom of the crust, but any delivery in a sealed box is gonna sog things a bit. So even if I'm too hungry not to devour the first piece, the next goes into the oven for crisping and heating. Lamonica's is also very reasonably priced, especially if they still have the 2-topping with drink and tax special coupons that appear in the Daily Bruin once or twice a week. Even without, a large 2-topping pizza is under $20, or close to it including tax and tip.

              1. re: nosh

                Lamonica sustained me through UCLA. I still eat it regularly, even though I now make bigger bucks and can afford other pizzas.

                2-for-1 Mondays at Lamonica's rocks.

                1. re: J.L.

                  wholeheartedly agree on all pts. go bruins!

            2. re: nosh

              Yep. If you just want to crisp the crust, a frying pan on the stove will also do the trick.

            3. jacopo's closed but there's a johnie's in its place and it's not too bad - just need to tell them to cook it well done

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              1. re: paulfromla

                Yeah, I was wondering about that place. I assume by your comment that you've tried this Johnies joint? Thumbs up, or keep hunting?

              2. In a pinch I like Classic Pizza on Pico. They use whole milk mozz., and they're crust has a nice chew. This place isn't the end all, but it's better than the usual suspects, and they have a selection of decent salads and sandwiches. They have some coupons on their site and their flyer (long expired, but they still accept them --I think it's more like their regular "specials", they don't collect the coupon from you)

                Classic Pizzeria
                2624 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                1. re: debra

                  That is hilarious. I ended up ordering from them, as they had posted a flyer on my door. As this usually leads me NOT to order from a place, the menu was pleasantly surprising. =) I give it about a 3 out of 5. Definitely better than the "usual suspects," but not quite a gourmet pie. It did the job well. Good call, Debra.

                  1. re: WORX4FUDE

                    Try The Slice on Ocean Park or , and I'm not kidding, get a couple of the frozen pizzas from Trader Joes - only ithe ones made in Italy. The crusts are fabulous! Brush on some olive oil and add your favorite toppings (I usually add a little extra mozzarella) but I truly believe these are the best to be had at home in LA. Sad but true.

                    1. re: Jeryy

                      Have you tried their fresh herbed pizza dough? -- it's easy to use, and makes a hell of a tasty pizza (some good cheese, a little sauce, some beefy mushrooms...) I know the OP wants delivery, but it's true a trip to TJ can beat the pants off of a lot of the dreck you can have delivered to your door.