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Casa Bianca Eagle Rock - Best Pizza Ever

Right now I'm eating some left over Casa Bianca pizza from last night. My wife and I went there last night after going to the movies at the City Walk. The staff is the best at that restaurant. The waitresses are top notch there. Always friendly and professional. Very nice. The woman at the register I think is the owner or the daughter of the man who started it in 1955. She's always nice and pleasant. I tell you the pizza at Casa Bianca can not be beat. I should put a bad review so more people won't be attracted to the place and crowd it up even more than it is but I like the restaurant and the staff and owner so I won't diss then just to try to keep it less crowded. I say two thumbs up. Oh I love how it has not changed since 1955. Well I was not born yet and not been to the restaurant until 2001 so I don't know for sure but I have a feeling it has not changed a bit. I love the informal atmosphere and the old school restaurant look to it. Very comfortable. Great food reasonable prices. Be ware the wait but get their early and you should be okay.

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  1. Oh, boy, you're in big trouble now...!

    I'm with you 100%, HoundDogz, but this place is the subject of more argument than anything this side of politics and religion. Those of us who grew up eating sloppy, goopy old-school pizza, who agree with the (recently-deceased) founder that the correct mushrooms for pizza are canned ones, love and adore Casa Bianca. Many others disagree, despising the very things we like, such as the fact that it has "not changed since 1955". They prefer modern "improvements", or fault it because it's not authentic Neopolitan or something. No, it's authentic mid-'50s Middle-American, and long may she wave!

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    1. re: Will Owen

      Will, well written. I see so many people at the Chowhound board that Casa Bianca is horrible. Well tell that to the countless people who will wait an hour or more just to be seated to eat there. They love it and so do I, so does Will. Yes I also heard that the founder had died recently. John Nesee (spell?) of Galcos in Highland Park told me that recently the founder of Casa Biance did pass away. I never saw the founder but I guess the founder is the woman at the register's father or grandfather, not sure.

      The woman told me that the pizza is a Chicago pizza that her father (or grand father, I forget which because this was awhile ago she told me this) used to make in Chicago and brought it to California. I said most people think of Chicago as deep dish and she said yes, but in the old days Chicago pizza was thin crust. Thank God for thin crust. I also make a very good thin crust from scratch at home. Yeah too many people want a fancy restaurant with the latest trendy designs and stuff but to me I feel at home at Casa Bianca and not at home at some fancy place. I'm glad they have not changed since 1955. Also they are not some retro restaurant. You know a nostalgic diner like a new cafe that is '50s style. They are the real deal and real thing. I'm glad some people don't like the restaurant because if those who don't like it liked it the wait would be even longer. I saw Coach Cutlip there about 3 years ago waiting with his kids for a seat. He was waiting outside with the tons of others that couldn't wait to get in. I forgot his real name. Coach Cutlip was on the Wonder Years as the Coach that Kevin Arnold feared. He also was on one of the more recent Star Treks and some other shows.

      1. re: HoundDogz

        "Will, well written. I see so many people at the Chowhound board that Casa Bianca is horrible. Well tell that to the countless people who will wait an hour or more just to be seated to eat there."

        FWIW they're out the door at Soup Plantation, Cheesecake Factory, Buca di Bepa, etc. Doesn't mean a thing.

        1. re: The Old Man

          I think it means something I think it means if people are waiting at Soup Plantation, Cheesecake Factory and so forth that tons of people like it and it's an indication that it's good. Whether you like it or not is another story but they like it so it's a possible good sign. Rather go to a restaurant that had patrons than one that lacks patrons because no customers is a bad sign.

          1. re: HoundDogz

            " I think it means if people are waiting at Soup Plantation, Cheesecake Factory and so forth that tons of people like it and it's an indication that it's good"

            I gotta disagree with you there. Soup Plantation??!?! That and "good" shouldn't be in the same universe together. Same with Cheesecake factory and ESPECIALLY Buca Di Deppo!

            1. re: Diana

              And they also wait at Palermo's, Tommy's, Pink's, Tito's, etc., and yet NONE are worthy of stepping foot in.
              And buca di burpo, even worse!
              So lines are not the criteria I care about.
              Quality pizza I might be enticed into, but still....

              1. re: carter

                People, don't be so critical of my posts. I was simply stating that if there are long lines to get in those people like it. I didn't say that you like it. You obviously are not the ones standing in line to eat at those places. I was stating that Casa Bianca is great in my humble opinion and all those waiting there like it too.

                But I see your point also because people stand in line at Pinks, 20 people deep for a product that is good but not good enough for me to wait in line for. That Pinks is over rated and not worth waiting an hour for a hot dog. I get what you are saying but aparently those waiting in line at Pinks love it to wait in line that long. I rather go to Okie Dog, the homeless, vagrant infested hot dog place down the street where there is no waiting.

              2. re: Diana

                Diana, I have to admit I don't like Soup Plantation but with all those people there it does mean they like it unless they are first time visitor's there but for the most part they are there because they like it. So that means something, maybe to them but not me but if it was really super bad in their minds they would not be there which indicates others probably like it too.

                1. re: HoundDogz

                  I have to agree.. there must be a reason why they wait in line and there are plenty of repeat customers in those lines. It's a matter of taste (or lack thereof) but to each his or her own. Two buck chuck flies off the shelves at Trader Joes but I don't think much of it - that's my opinion. I think all chain pizza places stink but still they keep selling tons of pizza. They must like something about it and it can't be the price because the prices aren't any better (and the sizing is ridiculous.. "jumbo size" = 14". lol..

                2. re: Diana

                  Exactly. It's a great mistake to think that popularity = quality. Certainly it's a bad sign if a restaurant is deserted, but it isn't necessarily a sign of quality if it's jammed--just that it appeals to the lowest common dominator.

                  1. re: Diana

                    Food, politics and religion can inspre some crazy logic. Maybe it depends on the hunger of the consumer but I agree with you Diana. If popularty were the touchstone then McD most be the best food maker n the wolrd -- Right? I think that argument goes much further toward ending popular voting for public office.

                    Pizza begins and ends with the crust and CB has no crust worth menton. Thus CB is not worth mention. Don't get me started on religion!

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      You and I agree - crust is the maker or breaker of a good pizza. But in terms of doing something well, I guess you have to say McD does what it does quite well, which is provide food fairly quickly, cheaply and in a bright environment. I think their service stinks but then they've got the fast food down to a science. People want quick these days, often in preference over quality hence the popularity of those awful chains. Or, maybe it's just they don't know any better. If you grew up with nothing but McD or Pizza Hut, you might think they're the best because you never ventured anywhere else. Also: there's comfort in numbers. Like people fawning over an expensive wine because Parker gave it a 95, who is going to go in and argue the point when everyone else is raving about it?

                      1. re: monkuboy

                        Actually, McD has some good french fries and knows how to make a Coke -- taste and bubbles are just right. CB has some very good toppings but they really need to venture out and taste the thin crust at the good places and think about what they can do to make a real pizza crust and not the cracker they serve those good toppings on which, IMO, breaks the pizza they serve at those high prices.

                        1. re: JeetJet

                          Hi JeetJet... You really consider CB's prices to be "high" ? Really?
                          Their large sausage pizza is under $14, an order of garlic bread goes for $1.50, lasagna's about $9, and their sandwiches are under $6. This is based on the online menu, so unless they've recently increased dramatically, I can't think of more reasonable prices coming from a non-chain...

                          1. re: silence9

                            Say silence, what it is? CB is over priced for two reasons. First, a pizza with a cracker crust has no value. I use to think it was good until I realized I was too focused on the cheese and sausage. Second, even though the cheese and sausage are very good, they simply do not give you enough of it for how much they charge.

                            The last two times I had CB pizzas I bought two large. When they take your money ($30 - plus) they hand you two boxes that seem to be empty compared to what Petrillos gives you -- dollar for dollar. When you buy a pizza at Petrillos (which has the same quality of cheese and sausage plus a real pizza crust -- ask for thin crust!) you better hold it with two hands because it may be heavier then you expect. At CB the only reason to use two hands is so the wind does not blow the box out of your hands. Bottom line is -- reasonable prices are relative to what you get in return for what you pay. IMO, CB does not deliver.

                            1. re: JeetJet

                              OK Jeet, you make a compelling case for me to give Petrillos a try. Will report back. Thanks...

                                1. re: silence9

                                  Enjoy. Also, you must request thin crust and pie cut. The large is a rectangle and always cut into squares but the med. is round (about the size of the large at CB) and it is also cut into squares unless you tell them you want pie cut.

                                2. re: JeetJet

                                  Some people like a cracker crust as you call it. And if they gave you a thicker pizza crust it would not cost much more to make really. So I think the price is right for the pizza. Oh I couldn't call it cracker crust because cracker crust like pizzas crack when you eat them like Shakey's. Yes I mentioned Shakey's but it's an example of the cracker crust. Cracker crust is also known as California crust pizza too.

                                  1. re: HoundDogz

                                    Hey HoundDogz, have you tried Bollinis? From your replys it sounds like you enjoy ultra thin crust. I had a very nice thin crust with pesto app there last week before the "Cal Twist" pizza came to our table. All was very good but the pizza would have been more perfect with less toppings. Don't take that wrong. The Cal Twist is great but IMO it would have been even better with less. The pizza has Sauce, basil pesto, shrimp, sun dried tomato, roasted peppers,mozzarella, herbs and parmesan. Next time I will order only the sauce, basil pesto, sun dried tomato, mozzarella, herbs and parmesan. If I add anything more it would be olive oil. Oh, I forgot, this is a ultra thin cracker style crust.


                                  2. re: JeetJet

                                    If Casa Bianca changed its crust in even the slightest particular, they would love me - and probably two-thirds of their customers - in a heartbeat. You like the soggy, doughy mess, the oversweetened tomato sauce, the industrial sausage that Petrillo's serves, terrific. There are pizzerias for everyone in Los Angeles. But to impugn a pizza that serves a family of four splendidly for $15 as overpriced? That's a different universe.

                                    1. re: condiment

                                      "You"???? Who "You lke soggy, doughy mess,???? Nol! Not me--never!

                                      Read this thread again. "Thin crust" at Petrillos is what was talked about and thin is never doughy. Sausage is the same as CB and neither place IMO can be said to serve "industrial sausage." The only difference is Petrillos delivers more of it. Soggy? Well, that sounds like somebody orders way too many vegies and that is what happens anyplace with those wet vegies leakng all over the crust inside the oven. McD can beat the $15 price point and if hungry enough McD can "seem" splended. I agree that many people can like CB crust. Sometimes I like cheese and crackers but when I want pizza I want a pizza crust!

                                      1. re: JeetJet

                                        Even Petrillo's regular crust is not soggy or doughy. It still has a very good chew to it.. I need to try the thin style, though -never had that one. Now the heaviest pizza I've ever had is Angelo's in Alhambra. A box with their pizza makes Petrillo's seem light. And they have a sign in their takeout room warning people to hold the box horizontally when carrying.. sigh. our wonderful legislators in California feel the need to put warning signs up about everything. Admittedly Angelos is not compelled by law to put up a sign like that but I can just imagine why they did put it up, because of some customer carrying pizza out under their arm.

                    2. re: HoundDogz

                      The lady running the place is the daughter in law of the original owner. As far as the waitresses being professional, most are part time students from Occidental College.
                      I will say most of the time I'm pretty satisfied with their pizza, but one day I went on a Tuesday at 4pm when they first open (after being closed Sunday & Monday) and the pizza crust was like cardboard. I got a feeling I got a pizza from the batch of dough left over from Saturday night.

                      (picture: sausage & garlic pizza)

                      1. re: monku

                        Odd you got cardboard pizza crust. I went there yesterday, Tuesday and it wasn't like cardboard. Dominos is like cardboard sometimes.

                        1. re: HoundDogz

                          Maybe you got some fresher dough. I was literally the first customer there when they opened on Tuesday. I think once fresh dough rises and then sits around for 2+ days it probably falls and isn't going to make very good crust.

                          1. re: monku

                            If the lady at the register is the daughter-in-law then is the man who is at the counter sometimes at the register, the son of the original owner, and of course the lady's husband? I think one of the waitresses might be the daughter of that lady at the register, I see a strong resemblance.

                            1. re: HoundDogz

                              Was years ago but she was at the register and she pointed to that guy saying it was her husband, the owner's son. She seems to run the show everytime I'm there.

                              1. re: monku

                                The owner's son, her husband I see around there I guess that's him and he seems grumpy most the time. I have not seen him there in about 6 months but most the time I have seen him he looks like a grouch. Now she's pleasant and a nice one.

                                1. re: HoundDogz

                                  This was several years ago when I spoke to her. I definitely asked her if she was the owner's daughter and she said no. I think that her husband at the time was having some health issues ...maybe every day is a struggle for him.

                      2. must... keep... angry... fingers... from... typing... a... response... to... this... thread...:)j/k

                        Personally, I think Casa Bianca is mediocre for what I'm expecting in a pizza but if HoundDogz loves it then it's great for him/her and all the power to him/her. Finding mass common ground on the best pizza in this town is becoming futile at this point.

                        HoundDogz, I suggest trying some of the more "reputable" pizzas that have been mentioned on these boards like Vito's, Village Pizzeria, Damiano's, or Brownstone (just down the street from Casa Bianca) and let us know how it compares to your experience with Casa Bianca afterwards.

                        Regardless, enjoy all the pizzas because, well, it's just pizza!!! Ok, maybe not JUST pizza... it is part cheese/sauce/dough and part elixir for the soul for some people like myself.

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                        1. re: condiment

                          Agreed, exactly what is meant by "reputable?" Casa Bianca is one of the most well-known pizza places in So Cal and has many fans.

                          1. re: monkuboy

                            By "reputable", I don't mean better. I simply was referring to the commonly preferred NY style pizza places in town. My apologies in a poor choice of words as Casa Bianca is certainly a reputable place.

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                          1. hey houndDogz. i like casa bianaca. you're not the only one. and i'm from NY! and i hate soup plantation and the cheesecake factory. while i might not agree that big lines equals great food, nor do i think its the BEST pizza ever to wait 1hr for, I think they do a great job with the pizza. the only time i really didn't enjoy it as much is when i used to take it out. it doesn't travel well for some reason.

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                            1. re: trolley

                              Now, someone that makes sense besides Will and me. Glad you enjoy it. Trolley welcome to the wild west. LA is still the wild west but a good place to be. I think the best pizza is the pizza I make on my charcoal barbecue but the best restaurant, well you know my opinion! I wonder, I have to search Lamonica's NY Pizza to hear the opinions here.

                              1. re: HoundDogz

                                My apologies to Old Man. I didn't mean to get out of hand about this. My apologies to you from me.

                                1. re: HoundDogz

                                  Thank you, that's two of us. And as I said in a deleted post--and I'm not sure why it was one of the ones deleted--I've been wanting to go there and I will make a point this year.

                              2. re: trolley

                                Here's my question for those of you who really like Casa Bianca... did you have your pizza with toppings or plain cheese? My disappointment with Casa Bianca is that it doesn't quite deliver the kick in the sauce that I like in a plain cheese pizza but I've also heard that the best way to order the pizza there is with toppings like sausage and such. Just curious what your version of pizza is that you prefer from there.

                                1. re: mrshankly

                                  I'm not really a fan of the place itself--old school red sauce, forgettable bread... However, I go there for one thing --The homemade sausage, and fried eggplant pizza. The flavor combination (IMHO) is pure deliciousness. I'm not sure if it's the place for a plain cheese pizza (it might be for some), but if this combo sounds appealing to you, as it did me, go for it, you won't be sorry. To be honest, I've never ordered anything but salad and this pizza. Chowhound told me to order this flavor combo, I did it, and I haven't looked back. Enjoy!

                                  1. re: debra

                                    I liked the lasagna there too. I had some there last night and had some as a left over today. Some of you might want to try Niki C's in Pasadena on Rosemead Blvd. It's very good too and it's fancy and more upscale unlike old school CB. I love the old school feel of CB but some don't like that therefore you might try Niki C's. Not sure if anyone has reviewed it here.

                                    1. re: HoundDogz

                                      I didn't mean to imply that I prefer fancy or upscale -- just adding my take on the particular style of food they serve, is all I really meant. I'm down with the physical charm of the place. I like deliciousness, and what I think they excel in, is the flavor combo of their sausage and egglant pizza --not something you find on just anyones menu, and not something that just any place would necessarily make as freaking delicious. Whether it comes in the form of my favorite burger (at high end arnie mortons), or my favorite hondureno (at atmosphereless Lempira), I love that Chowhound offers me a window into peoples likes and dislikes, recommendations, and pans, and let's me choose my path toward delicious enlightenment.

                                      I personally think that there are a lot of worthwhile places that do a few things amazingly well, and the rest of the menu leaves a lot to be desired. That's seriously subjective, I know --Thank God for Chowhound.

                                      Viva Chowhound!

                                    2. re: debra

                                      Exactly. At CB, you stick to any combo of sausage/onion or eggplant/garlic (or any combination thereof) and you get an incredible pizza. Anything else is a matter of personal taste.

                                    3. re: mrshankly

                                      Frankly mrshankly, I ordered the pepperoni and sausage pizza. I always order pizzas with extra sauce because I love pizza sauce. It tasted good. I like the sauce. I know you are gonna say you should not have to order any pizza with extra sauce because it should be good as is. I agree but I didn't order extra sauce because I think this pizza should have extra I just think all pizzas should since I like it. Sometimes I order without extra sauce and it taste good to me.

                                      1. re: HoundDogz

                                        I'll definitely have to try the sausage and eggplant pizza... maybe even tonight!!!

                                        Thanks to all for the recommendations.

                                        Hound, it's good to know that there still exist some Smiths fans:)

                                  2. How can it be possible that my post would have been titled "Casa Bianca Eagle Rock - Worst Pizza Ever?"

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                                      1. re: cls

                                        cls what do you mean? If your post is that, that means it is really bad in your opinion and your point?

                                        1. re: HoundDogz

                                          Point is I find it amazing that there can be that much of a difference of opinion about this place with the select audience of CH posters.
                                          Canned mushrooms, canned sauce and cheap ingredients, I simply fail to see how anyone can call this not only good, not only the best, but "the best pizza ever."

                                          1. re: cls

                                            I know some of us break out in hives when we see or hear the word "canned", but there are some dishes that were from their beginning built around some canned food or another. The sauce for Vitello tonnato, for instance, is correctly made with canned tuna in olive oil, and to make it from fresh tuna is not an improvement, no matter what Alice Waters or whoever might say. The KIND of pizza - and it is a distinct kind of pizza - that the late founder of Casa Bianca made and sold was based on ingredients once found reliably only in cans. It is in its own way as precious an artifact as mom's tuna-noodle casserole, or the Velveeta-on-white-bread grilled cheese alongside the Campbell's Cream of Tomato soup. You can make any of these things with "better" ingredients, but it won't be THAT, it'll be something else.

                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                              Excellent point Will. Very well said.

                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                Um, actually there is a difference. And the Starkist tuna (originally sold as cat food BTW) does not compare with Italian tono from the Mattanza which is stored originally out of necessity. The result was that quality tuna in quality oil takes on a different flavor, much like my favorite borlotti are stored in oil rather than dried, but don't compare Italian borlotti in oil to cranberry beans from Ralphs in a can. In the same way, the ingredients used at Casa Bianca are simply the cheapest available. If you like it, great, we all have our guilty pleasures, but have some perspective and don't tell me it's the "best pizza ever."

                                                1. re: cls

                                                  Are you pulling rank? Because a lot of admirers of Casa Bianca have been to the greatest pizzerias in America and Italy and still admire the pizza there.

                                                  Sam didn't use canned mushrooms because they were cheaper, he used them because they bled less moisture onto the pie.

                                                  1. re: condiment

                                                    I respectfully disagree. Although I find the canned mushrooms reprehensible, excusing them does not explain the rest of the ingredients.
                                                    I would also guess that the admirers of the best of Italy and the US that like Casa Bianca are in the minority not the majority.
                                                    When you title a post "Best Pizza Ever" expect to be taken to task, especially when the restaurant is Casa Bianca. IMO, it's like calling MacDonalds "Best Hamburger Ever." It's crowded, and people like it, but really...

                                                  2. re: cls

                                                    Indeed Casa Bianca is one of those places you either get or you dont. I am a fan, but mostly because I get an almost primal response to eating a pizza that reminds me of my childhood pizzas back in Chicago many many MANY years ago.

                                                    1. re: tomritza

                                                      That I understand. It's the same reason I like Mexican food that reminds me of Bart Earl's in Palos Verdes. I stop short of calling it good or recommending it though.

                                          2. I highly recommend the pizza with Sausage and Green Olives. I would *never* order that anywhere else but Casa Bianca has the best green olives and the tart, herb-y flavor contrasts the sausage perfectly.

                                            1. One of these again? As someone who has had plenty of Vito's, Joe's, Petrillo's, Bollini's, and any other major pie in the city, I have to say... Casa Bianca is fine as long as you're going for the sausage. If you're looking for a cheese pie, move along. It's not a complete pizza. Of course, to some pizza in LA is a lost cause.


                                              1. I used to worship Casa Bianca, but I went there about two years ago and was really disappointed in the crust and sauce. I don't know if I changed or the pizza changed, but I'm not in a hurry to return. Keep in mind I'm from Boston and so am a bit of a pizza snob.

                                                I think a big part of the charm of Casa Bianca is the place itself: the low-key family atmosphere, the checkered tables, the photos on the wall. It's just so comfortable and inviting. Vito's, Tomato Pie, Abbot's, Joe Peeps, Zelo's....all of these are much more delicious pizzas, but most are to-go places or have tiny, makeshift seating areas.

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                                                1. re: scoot

                                                  scoot that surprises me because I have been going there since 2001 and I don't notice a change in the pizza. Could it have been an off day for them when you showed up there? Maybe if you go again it will be better again. I wish I had found out about this place when I started driving in High School in 1984.

                                                  1. re: HoundDogz

                                                    Alright, I went there last night and had the eggplant and sausage pizza. I'm changing my tune. I'm a Casa Bianca believer now:) Personally, the pizza was just a bit salty but the sausage was something I hadn't experienced in 20 years since I used to go to a place called Tony's across from LACC. Large chunks of sausage on a pizza is my thing and Casa Bianca delivered. In addition, I'm addicted to eggplant and the eggplant on the pizza was just perfect. Do they offer a thicker crust on their pizza or is that the only crust they serve?

                                                    1. re: mrshankly

                                                      Frankly mrshankly I'm not sure if they offer a thinner crust. I used to tell them I want ultra thin crust and they brought out the pizza and it was thin. Then I stopped asking for an ultra thin just to see how it is without asking and to me it seems the same. Was yours not thin or was it thin but you want it thinner? To me I think it's pretty thin but maybe you like it thinner. I only eat thin crust or ultra thin and to me it seemed to be thin if not ultra thin.

                                                      I have to go to Tony's that you mention by LACC. I was just down by LACC today drove right by.

                                                      The sausage as you or someone here mentioned is their own made sausage. For those who live in the Los Angeles area if you want great sausage go to Claro's Italian market they have really good sausage. But I think Casa sells it as well if you want to buy some you can and cook it at home. I smoke sausage. Okay funny guys I don't mean I light it and inhale it but on the smoker I smoke it and it's good.

                                                      1. re: HoundDogz

                                                        i believe mrshankley was asking if CB offered a thicker, not a thinner crust.

                                                      2. re: mrshankly

                                                        You had the exact same experience as I did. I went there the first time based on J. Gold's Counter Intelligence. I ordered a plain cheese pie and it was totally forgettable (I come from NY area where a great pie needs no embellishment... just cheese, sauce and crust).

                                                        Several years later, and after reading repeated raves about the eggplant and sausage, I tried it again. I don't know how it happened, but somehow those toppings transformed a really shitty pizza into something worth ordering again (however, waiting 90 minutes for it... I might do it for a porcini mushroom pie at Di Fara in Brooklyn, but not here.)

                                                        The Casa Bianca pizza paradigm goes against everything I've ever believed about a great pie.

                                                        Mr Taster

                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                          "waiting 90 minutes for it..." I don't think it was the toppings that "transformed a really shitty pizza into something worth ordering" but it was your original hunger X 1 and 1/2 hrs of waitng while smelling some good toppings cooking....

                                                          1. re: JeetJet

                                                            Yes, but remember, I was just as hungry during my first visit where I also waited 90 minutes to be seated... and I had no problem identifying the plain cheese pizza as being sub-par.

                                                            Mr Taster

                                                      3. re: HoundDogz

                                                        i went twice in one week and ordered the same two pizzas each night. there was a marked difference between both visits. yes, the pizza was recognizably similar but on the second night both pizzas were much more saucy. this was surprising.

                                                        but i love it there

                                                        1. re: HoundDogz

                                                          I went there quite a bit when I was at Oxy in the late 80s, and somewhat regularly since then, even though I don't live so close by anymore. I did say that I didn't know if it was me or the pizza that had changed. Sometimes one's tastes change.

                                                          One catch is that I think last time we went, we ordered pepperoni. In the past I almost always stuck with the "Deluxe" (sausage and pepper) or the eggplant.

                                                          I'm sure I'll end up there again at some point, just because it's a good cheap restaurant for a group or family outing when we're up that way.

                                                      4. Well does the fact that they make their own sausage that everyone loves and adores make up for the canned mushrooms? Also, the battered fried mushrooms are those made with canned mushrooms, the same as used on the pizza or are they made from fresh mushrooms?

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                                                        1. re: HoundDogz

                                                          Perhaps it would have been better and more accurate all round had you titled the post, "My Most Favorite Pizza, Ever! Here's why!"

                                                          No one can deny you your opinion, and you could support it with good arguments as to why you like it and others may also enjoy it.

                                                          I have never been, and really want to try the eggplant pizza!

                                                          I enjoyed reading your opinion!

                                                          1. re: Diana

                                                            Diana, do you live in the area? Or are you out of town? If you are in the area then you must go. Whether you agree with me or not once you try it, you really do need to try it out. You might really like it.

                                                            1. re: HoundDogz

                                                              All I know is that I have to try it now. If not just because of your opinion, also because of the controversy of this topic haha

                                                              And who knows, i might also end up thinking it is THE best pizza after all. Since I love pizza with a passion, I can't ignore such opportunity :)

                                                            2. re: Diana

                                                              Are we talkng toppings? At CB the cheese and sausage are good too.but a good Pizza can only be good if the crust is good. You will never have a good sandwich with bad bread and it is the same with pizza. CB lacks a good crust. Go to Patrillos on Valley Blvd and order off menu for a thin crust / pie cut pizza. The same cheese and sausage as CB but they will pile it on and not over charge you.

                                                              1. re: JeetJet

                                                                I like Petrillos. I still like CB better but Petrillos is really good too. I like the lasagna. Once I ordered the lasagna and it was cold in the middle, I'm serious. I told the waitress and they brought it back to cook it more and it was cold still when she brought it back. I didn't tell her again because I soon realized I liked it that way. Kinda like texture, it's not texture but like it in the sense that I liked it cool in the middle and hot on the outside. It gave a good feel to it. I wish all my lasagna was like that, seriously. Niki C's on Rosemead Blvd in Pas is good too.

                                                                1. re: HoundDogz

                                                                  What do you recommend at Nikki C's, HoundDogz? We've been a few times and haven't had any issues, and I recall liking everything we ordered, but nothing stands-out in my memory as being particularly noteworthy.

                                                                  Cheers for Petrillos - that white pizza will be the death of me (haven't tried any of their pasta, though).

                                                                  1. re: ElsieDee

                                                                    I have been to Niki C's twice only and had lasagna twice. The only thing that I recommend is lasagna because that is the only thing I had but I liked it a lot. Never had pizza there, not sure if they have pizza there. What did you like a NikkiC's?

                                                                    1. re: HoundDogz

                                                                      I seem to recall a good steak, actually - don't know if it was on the menu or a special. But I'm pretty such that I've ordered it more than once. I also had a pasta dish that was somewhat ... um ... too many ingredients and no fusion / melding of flavors - I recall jarring taste, but can't remember what were the ingredients.

                                                                      I do think that they have pizza, but I've not tried them - seem to recall a flat-breadish appetizer pizza (maybe a special?) with fresh grilled veggies that went over well with the table. But that is possibly a hallucination.

                                                                      Sorry, not terribly helpful, am I? *laughing*

                                                            3. re: HoundDogz

                                                              Don't order the canned mushrooms.

                                                              Lots of restaurants bulk up their menus with things that don't belong there, simply because people expect them to be there. This is a prime example.

                                                              Mr Taster

                                                            4. Going there tonight at 10pm, feasible or no way?

                                                              1. I have been craving and searching for the pizza of my youth (small town in Pennsylvania). Whether Chow Worthy or not, it is the pizza I crave. I had it (at the small town in Pennsylvania) three years ago for the first time in 30+ years. Just as incredible. Last year I visited again and a cousin ordered and he ordered THE WRONG PIZZA. OMG.

                                                                I will go to Casa Bianca in hopes of reproducing the taste I crave. BTW, the closest I have come here in So Cal is Buca de Beppo, one of the few things I like on their menu. It is the chili oil, I just know it is.

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                                                                1. re: laliz

                                                                  Oldman if you are out there once again I apologize for my bad responses toward you, I am glad that Chowhound team deleted my poor post. Please I want you to reply and take part in this thread again. I am curious if you made it up here to CB yet and how you liked it or not. If you have not made it up here you need to try it and let us know how it is.

                                                                  1. re: laliz

                                                                    lal, please make sure to get their early otherwise you'll be waiting for a long time or go late, maybe an hour before the close to miss the crowd. It does get crowded.

                                                                    1. re: HoundDogz

                                                                      It seems that the general agreement here is that the cheese pizza is not very good there but the sausage transforms it into a real work of art. I never had the cheese pizza there I get the pep and sausage and I agree they have great sausage there.

                                                                  2. I was pleasantly surprised by the reviews of Casa Bianca being overhyped. I just tried it and the sausage is good but not any better than homeade sausage at other places like Petrillos or Follieros in Figueroa.Its just not any better than your local decent place. Yelp reviews make this place seem godly. The ambiance and decoration must be causing this because the food is sure not. Happy to see people on these forums are more food focused.

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                                                                    1. re: JJTom

                                                                      Okay guy I went to Petrillos last night. I've been there before so it's not my first time. It was good. The pizza was very good and the lasagna as well. The lasagna was cold in the middle again. Two out of two times it was cold in the middle and hot on the outside. I actually love it that way and was hoping it would end up like that again like last time and it was. Some people would not like that but to me I love it like that. Even tho the pizza was good or very good I still like Casa Bianca over this. Would I eat Petrillos again? Of course I would it's very good but I like CB a bit better. The crust was not as thin at Petrillos as it is at CB but that's okay.