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Jul 4, 2008 04:06 AM

Best Pizza in Silverlake

With so many new places opening up, who's is best?

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  1. Depends on what you want, and what you can tolerate.

    Nicky D's IMO has the potential for the best pizza in town. Thin crust, a good wood fired oven, good char (sometimes) and high quality ingredients. They are a bit inconsistent, and seem to turn over staff about every six months which makes the servers, and especially whomever answers the phone, slow. Being a thin crust it doesn't travel too well and there's a lot of salt that leaves me dehydrated.

    Il Capriccio may have the best overall pizza. It would be the best if they would ever cook it right, but the crust always is a bit undercooked. The main problem is their attitude. It seems impossible to call and not be immediately put on hold by someone who is too exasperated to even be polite. If, and I mean if they every get you off hold to take you order, expect to wait. They have never made it to my house for delivery in less than an hour, and once two and a half hours. During the two and a half hour wait the guy who answers the phone told us the driver left "a long time ago" "I have no idea where he is" and "call me if he EVER gets there." Um, your driver doesn't have a cell phone?

    If you want something different, the Chicago style at Masa in Echo Park is very good. Great quality ingredients and very consistent. There is a 45min cooking time and they no longer deliver though.

    People have recommended Hard Times, but I think they're a mess. The ingredients aren't great, and the crust is bland.

    Tomato Pie Pizza Joint is pretty good, but it's their own thing. Heavy on the cornmeal so it's not my favorite. But more efficient than most.

    Andiamo, newly opened, and after a good review I wanted to like it as an Il Capriccio replacement, but it's not that great. Not bad though and I have only ordered from there once.

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    1. re: cls

      I basically agree with CLS, so the answer is Il Capriccio to eat in the restaurant (you could even describe how you want your crust that way) and Tomato Pie for delivery.
      I used to like Nicky D's but I just had too many service problems even when eating in the restaurant and had to give it up.
      BTW, Garage Pizza is now open next to Saito Sushi and there's also Cruzer open on Hillhurst and Lucifer's under construction on Hillhurst.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        We're fans of Il Cap but man, their salads are ridiculously expensive for what you get and boring! We like a nice salad with our pizza like -- sorry to say -- Louisa's! Anyway, our second pick is Nicky D's -- though the wings at Tomato Pie are really worth trying!

        So Chowpatty -- have you tried Garage and Cruzer -- or anyone????

      2. re: cls

        Good list, cls. I just can't seem to see the good in Nicky D's that everyone else does. This is the most flaccid brick oven crust I've eaten in all my years - I've asked for it "burnt" numerous times and still get the same result - soggy in the middle. The staff also seems completely clueless.

        Il Capriccio, on the other hand, is the real deal. Sure the staff there is surly - they act like they're doing you a favor by making you a pie - but the crust is chewy and burnt around the edges the way a brick oven pie should be and the quality of the toppings is first rate.

        Tomato Pie wins honors as being a solid, affordable, no-frills local joint. While it can't hold up in quality and craftsmanship to Il Capriccio, the pizzas are really tasty and miles above Hard Times, which is just to mersh for my taste.

        I've tried Andiamo once and wasn't particularly impressed. The crust was kind of flavorless and dough and the toppings were bland.

        With Michelangelo moving in to the old Flor Morena place, we'll soon have access to their fantastic thin crust pizza once again. It's delicious if completely over priced.

        Lastly, don't bother with delivery from these joints. If you live in the 'hood, arrange for pickup - the pizza will be hotter and you'll get your 'za fix that much quicker!

        1. re: cls

          Masa is a good option for the Chicago style pizza fans. And, while night time delivery has been "suspended" as you note, I believe that they still deliver during the day, (IIRC).

        2. Hands down, Il Capriccio. And a big recommendation for the "Spicy Mama Flora" with rapini, sausage, garlic, & mozzarella. It's closer to what I'd call an artisan pizza.

          I don't like leaving my pies open to the whims of delivery people so I always order on site and wait. It's much better that way.

          Second choice is Nicky D's ... a solid pizza in my experience, Again, order and wait. More the classic pizza type.

          I have yet to try Tomato Pie as I can't find it. Just checked out the website so I have a better idea now.

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          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            Tomato Pie is right next to Baller Hardware on the art store side.

          2. Let me put in a word for Palermo.

            (pausing to duck behind a table as various objects are heaved at me)

            Just for their pizza, people, Geesh.

            Let me also say that at the end of the day, Il Capriccio makes a better pizza. Since I don't own a car I occasionally have a need for delivery; Il C's pie doesn't travel well -- a delivery pizza needs to be edible in leftover form -- and I've had problems with the reliability of their delivery.

            Palermo is, of course, very old-fashioned. Medium-thick crust with a good "lip" (something that's seldom brought up in pizza discussions, it's why I drifted away from Casa Bianca). Along with a simple green salad, it's the only thing I recommend from their menu.

            Most of the other places mentioned upthread are out of my delivery area. I've been to Nicky D's and I agree with cls that it's way too salty.

            Any other recs for delivery pizza? Has anyone tried Cruzer?

            Il Capriccio di Carlo (was Il Capriccio Pizzeria)
            4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Palermo Italian Restaurant
            1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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            1. re: maxzook

              Actually, we really love the Pizza Rosa at Palermo. So, I will duck in time with you as things are hurled in this direction. And, yes, the pizza is really the only thing to get there, but it is so addictive and totally worth the calorie splurge.

            2. we went to the new restaurant andiamos and the food is delicious! the plates and silverware are all biodegradable, the staff is very laid back and comforting and the food is simple, but amazing. i don't love the bruschetta, but the pizzas are reasonably sized and are bursts of flavor. Also i believe everything is organic and the prices are amazing. plus, they deliever, but i haven't had a chance to order from them yet. and the owner is a four star chef who decided to open a pizza joint.

              1. keep your eyes peeled for a new pizza place opening in the strip mall near saito. it will be open til 3 am...

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