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My New Favorite NY Style Pizza is Nonna!

I'm always on the lookout for NY style pizza in SoCal and found my new favorite - Nonna Pizzeria in South Pasadena. Ordered the extra large cheese pizza and took it to a friend's home nearby and we devoured it! The sauce and cheese were extremely flavorful and oregano was added just after it was taken out of the oven. The crust was very thin, tender and chewy, and slightly charred. Check out my photo below:


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  1. I agree with So Cal Foodie regarding Nonna Pizzeria in South Pasadena. It is now my favorite New York syle pizza. I live in the San Gabriel Valley and have no need to drive to the west side of town for an authentic New York thin pizza. I found it close to home at Nonna Pizzeria. They make other types of pizza, but ask for the New York Style cheese. The owner is Italian and was born in New York. There is no need for me to ever drive to Mulberry Street, Damianos, Larchmont Village Pizzeria, Vitos, Joe Peeps, Grecos, Tomato Pie, etc. Their New York style thin cheese pizza cannot beat Nonna. I hope that Nonna Pizzeria remains there in beautiful South Pasadena
    for a long time. It is directly across the street from Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, where you can get a great old fashioned malt, or ice cream sundae.

    1. I'll second this too (in fact, I coincidentally did on a related thread just last week). Nonna's is my favorite for Pasadena/South Pasadena area. Better than Casa Bianca, Carmine's, Mama's Brick Oven and Manny's in my book.

      Haven't tried Petrillo's yet, but they're not as close enough no matter what. Everyone needs a local pizza place!

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      1. re: jerry200

        Jerry, Petrillos Pizza in San Gabriel is very good, but is a totally different pizza than New York style thin. I like both. But for discussion here, we are comparing only New York style thin cheese pizza. Now Casa Bianca, Petrillos, and Domenicos are the same type of medium thick pizzas that can be compared together for crust and taste.

        1. re: wojpol

          Does Nonna's serve slices and can I eat there?

          1. re: HBfoodie

            Yes, they do have slices and have about 6 tables to sit and eat there. I ordered my pizza take out. If you order slices, make sure to have them warmed up in the oven for you.

          2. re: wojpol

            FYI, I have not had but Petrillos makes a thin crust that is suppose to be very good.

        2. Dude. I ve eaten their pie several times and it's like, pardon the pun, Butter! It's the ingredients that make it sooooooo good. Only problem I have is it is a bit expensive but hey! You get what you pay for and they deliver!

          1. Stopped by Nonna today for a slice and the guy at the counter informed me they offer about 5-6 different slices daily. The cheese slice I ordered came right out of the oven and it was heavenly! I highly recommend this place for serious lovers of NY style pizza! Check out my cheese slice photo below:

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            1. re: SoCal Foodie

              Nice photo. It makes me want to drive there again tomorrow for lunch.

            2. You've got to try their garlic knots-they are so good!

              1. We went there today for dinner. We ordered the large pepperoni pizza and the house salad. First of all, the place doesn't have plates or silverware. The food is served on thin paper plates and plastic utensils. The salad greens were good quality, but the pizza was extremely average. It's certainly not on the level of Larchmont Village Pizzeria or Petrillo's and defintely not in the same universe as Casa Bianca, sorry. I'd rate the pizza on the same level as CPK's pepperoni pizza. Something else to note, they don't serve alcohol.

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                1. re: jsaras

                  based on this thread went during lunch last week. had a couple of cheese and mushroom slices right out of the oven. the crust was very good...the best of any for a place like this, and better than many upscale pizzas. the sauce was good, but the cheese is what brought it down.....didn't add much taste. overall, i thought nonna's was much better than most pizza in l.a.....save the good italian places....but still nothing to rave about.

                2. Have you tried Brownstone Pizza in Eagle Rock? Probably the best NY style pizza I've had in LA imho.

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                  1. re: TailbackU

                    Ew. Awful (Brownstone). And not at all NY style -- waay too thin. Crust is bad, sauce is bad. Not at all impressed with this place, despite a number of positive reviews.

                    1. re: will47

                      Gotta agree on Brownstone. Was not impressed to go back again. I tried twice. The crust was Meh and the sauce was just plain generic. I can do better elsewhere without the trek to Eaglerock.

                  2. The crust looks kind of blond. Can anyone take some shots of the backs of slices so we can see the level of char?