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Jul 7, 2008 11:25 AM

Fresh Brothers Pizza (Manhattan Beach)

A recent chowhound post alerted me to the opening of Fresh Brothers Pizza in Manhattan Beach. That original post seems to have disappeared, so I am starting a new thread. Anyway, we checked it out this weekend and the pizza is indeed good. They have thin crust style as well as chicago style deep dish. We got a chicago-style pizza with cheese, spinach, mushrooms, pesto sauce, and pizza sauce (it's a specialty pizza with a name, but I forgot what it's called). The pizza was pretty good. The toppings were very fresh and flavorful. The crust was a little soggy, though, and didn't have much flavor. We also got mozzarella sticks, which were very good. The owner was there, and he was very nice and friendly. I don't think there's any seating, it's mostly (if not all) takeout/delivery. Anyway, this isn't pizza that I would travel across the city for, but if you happen to live in or be visiting the Manhattan Beach area this is a good bet--it's the best pizza I've had in Southbay. I am happy about this new addition to the neighborhood, and will definitely return. They don't have much of a website, but it is:

Note that (except for a kids pizza) they only have medium or bigger pizzas at dinnertime, but at lunchtime they sell personal-sized pizzas. I want to go back at lunch, since my husband and I have vastly different pizza topping preferences and that way we can each get what we really want.

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  1. Have you been to Valentino's Pizza in MB on Artesia? It's NY style pizza and I'm curious how it compares to Fresh Borthers... although I suppose you can't compare the Chicago style pizza you ordered to Valentinos as they are totally different. Can any other hounds comment?

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    1. re: young_chower

      always loved valentinos.. but has pasainos in hermosa this weekend. BLOWS them all away. go check it out and the son of valentinos has allot of attitude.. we stopped going there. greasy soggy and not that great anymore.. he is the ivan boskey of pizza..

      1. re: young_chower

        Sorry, I haven't been to Valentino's, so I can't compare to that. But Fresh Brothers' chicago style pizza is a million times better than some other NY style pizza places in the neighborhood, such as Wildflour Boston Pizza, Manhattan Pizzeria, and Ameci. Yes, I've been meaning to try both Paisono's and Valentino's...I've read some positive recs for them on this board. But then again, I'd also read positive recs before trying Wildflour, which was terrible, and Manhattan Pizzeria, which was mediocre. I guess people's pizza preferences vary a lot. Well, I'll report back when I try Fresh Brother's NY style.

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          1. re: Norm Man

            From the pictures, it doesn't look like Chicago style. The sauce is on top in Chicago style and the cheese is on the bottom, and the toppings layered in between. Is it Lou Malnatti's Chicago style? Otherwise, it's just deep dish.

          2. Tried Fresh Bros. in Redondo last week, not impressed. While the pizza wasn't bad, the dough was slightly undercooked. Even if the dough was cooked properly, the pizza is not anything special.

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            1. re: martiniman

              Sorry to hear they haven't improved. I went there last year and had a similar reaction, not with the dough, however -- I order all pizzas "crisp," unless I plan to reheat at home. I wanted to like this clean, well-lighted, and friendly place. Among other reasons, the one in Manhattan Beach is just down the street from Glacier Ice Cream.