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Thin crust pizza--BH + environs?

holleygolitely Jan 11, 2009 11:16 AM

Going to watch the Golden Globes tonight and we are are craving delicious thin crust pizza--delivery or to pick-up near Beverly Hills. Would love a thinner crust than Mulberry Street--any suggestions?

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  1. Bob Brooks RE: holleygolitely Jan 11, 2009 12:23 PM

    Vito's on La Cienega. It's my favorite and many other hounds concur.

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      ldodb RE: Bob Brooks Jan 11, 2009 12:42 PM

      I second this.
      Def the best in the area.

      Vito's Pizza
      846 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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        Burger Boy RE: Bob Brooks Jan 11, 2009 09:33 PM

        Hey Bob, I remember your first time there. I remember watching you try your first slice. Pretty damn good stuff that Vito's pizza!

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          Bob Brooks RE: Burger Boy Jan 12, 2009 09:05 AM

          How funny. I knew I was in the presence of another chowhound. Shame on both of us for not introducing ourselves. I'm sure we'll probably run into each other there in the future. I hear a slice of the vegetable pie calling my name...

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            JeetJet RE: Bob Brooks Jan 12, 2009 09:35 AM

            Every time I eat at Vito’s I know I am in the presence of another chowhound. In fact, I know the guys behind the counter know that I am a chowhound even though nothing has even been mentioned about it. It might well have been me who Burger Boy was spyin. But really now, how are we going to introduce ourselves? Think about it, you see a girl and say, “Hey, your that “Little French Girl” from the innernet – right?” As you get slapped in the face. "Oh, I am sorry. You must be that "Wild Sweede." -- PUNCH --

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              Burger Boy RE: JeetJet Jan 12, 2009 08:50 PM

              I knew it was Bob because he posted about it later that day and I was the one that recommended the veggie slice, I think.

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              Burger Boy RE: Bob Brooks Jan 12, 2009 08:48 PM

              Stop with the veggie pie, i could eat a whole one by myself. Until Vito's, i judged all pizza places by their sausage , peppers & onions. Now I judge by their veggie, no one comes close. Hey Bob, have you been to Petrillos on Valley Blvd & San Gabriel, great pizza, different from Vito's but great in its own way.

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                JeetJet RE: Burger Boy Jan 12, 2009 09:02 PM

                IMO, Vito's is about the cheese slice -- nothing more. You must have just one or two slices and eat it there at the counter. A take-out is not the same. A whole pie is not the same. Just not as good as those pies that have been half-cooked and wait to be ordered. However, if you do take-out the whole cheese pie then put it in the fredge and eat it cold the next morn for breakfest -- great!

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                  Ogawak RE: JeetJet Jan 13, 2009 03:23 PM


                  To take out for Vito's, they will slightly undercook it if you want to bake it at home on a pizza stone. That's how you do takeout from Vito's.

                  I love the cheese also. But the white is great too. And the veggie. and the All meat.

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                    JeetJet RE: Ogawak Jan 13, 2009 08:20 PM

                    Thanks. I have wondered if I could order a whole pie just as it is made in the case with those lage perfect NY slices and ready to heat and serve fresh made. Next time I will.

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                      a_and_w RE: Ogawak Jan 14, 2009 08:47 AM

                      I actually think the quality toppings are a big part of what make Vito's worthwhile. I also wouldn't necessarily ask them to undercook your takeout pizza. Most west coast places, including Vito's tend to do this already, so a little time in the oven necessary no matter what for a properly charred crust.

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                    Bob Brooks RE: Burger Boy Jan 13, 2009 10:19 AM

                    B.B., thanks for the tip. I'll check it out next time I'm in the area, but it will be hard to forgo Chinese in that area.

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                      exilekiss RE: Burger Boy Jan 13, 2009 12:37 PM

                      Hi Burger Boy,

                      Nice! :) I've been looking for a great Veggie Pizza; I've been meaning to try Vito's for a while, but now it just got bumped up a few notches on my To Try List. :) Thanks.

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                        Burger Boy RE: exilekiss Jan 13, 2009 04:38 PM

                        Man, I want some now! I do not get over there much these days.

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                Nom de Guerre RE: holleygolitely Jan 11, 2009 09:43 PM

                I'm a transplant from NYC (36 years in Manhattan). John's of Bleeker St. in NYC is my favorite, and I haven't found anything nearly as good here. The best thin crust brick oven-like pizza I have had out here is Jones, on Santa Monica and Formosa (diagonally across from the Formosa Cafe.

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                  a_and_w RE: Nom de Guerre Jan 12, 2009 09:16 AM

                  You do realize John's now has a branch in Santa Monica? It's as good, or better, than the Bleecker Street original.

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                    Peripatetic RE: a_and_w Jan 12, 2009 09:48 AM

                    Are you thinking of Joe's?

                    I like Joe's, but it's no John's.

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

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                      a_and_w RE: Peripatetic Jan 12, 2009 11:12 AM

                      D'oh! You are correct -- forgive my brain fart. Joe's is indeed no John's, and there is nothing like the latter in LA.

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                        Peripatetic RE: a_and_w Jan 12, 2009 06:34 PM

                        It's a shame, too. I wonder if the county would permit coal-fired ovens?

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                          Servorg RE: Peripatetic Jan 12, 2009 06:42 PM

                          The AQMD says, No way, Joe Zay.

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                  ceviche RE: holleygolitely Jan 11, 2009 09:45 PM

                  i personally like Brooklyn Pizza and Pasta on Pico. unpretentious and tasty. the owner is from Brooklyn and tries as much as possible to replicate brooklyn pizza. i believe he gets his mozarella and tomatoes directly from NYC.

                  as for vito's, i personally can't recommend it. my wife and i went there last year and left after being ignored by the people working there. they didn't acknowledge us when we walked in, and never said a word to us. after about 5-10 minutes or so of trying to get their attention we decided to leave. we may have just sucked it up if the pizza looked good, but the pizza by the slice they had in the glass case looked super dry and old. just my 2 cents!

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                    Arthur RE: ceviche Jan 12, 2009 06:13 PM

                    Wow, that is the absolute polar opposite of every trip my family and I have ever made to Vito's. We're not regulars there, but the staff has always been extremely courteous, prompt and accommodating to us and to any special requests we've made. And I don't know what was going on the day you were there, but the Vito's pizza display case has always been the most enticing of its kind that I've ever seen anywhere.

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                      Peripatetic RE: ceviche Jan 12, 2009 06:40 PM

                      I agree with Arthur. I've never had a bad experience at Vito's. Both the slices and the fresh pizzas have exceeded expectations every time (and I'm a ex-New Yorker pizza "snob"). The staff has varied from being very friendly to -- at worst -- being a little prickly.

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                        Burger Boy RE: ceviche Jan 12, 2009 08:56 PM

                        I would call shill but he ain't shillin. Plus i looked at his history and he is a very insightful and astute poster with very good taste! I guess I will check out Brooklyn sometime, the one thing I question is do you mean he gets his canned tomatoes from back east?

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                          ceviche RE: Burger Boy Jan 12, 2009 11:59 PM

                          burger boy, i felt such a wide range of emotions when reading your message!!!

                          everyone, i promise i'm not a shill! also, i double promise that i am neither insightful nor astute, and i DEFINITELY dont' have good taste. just ask my wife about the junk i eat!!!

                          as for the tomatoes at Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta, the first time we went there my wife and i had a long conversation with the owner (his name is Re'al) about pizza while he was making our food. he showed us several of the ingredients that he brings directly from NY. i believe he said the canned tomatoes are from queens, but i don't remember where in NY/NJ the cheese is from. i want to say that the dough/flour is also from NYC but i honestly can't say for sure.

                          from the couple of conversations i've had with Re'al, i can tell that he really cares about pizza. he said his sauce takes about 2 days to make.

                          if any CH'ers have a chance to try it out, try to go on a night when Re'al is there and try striking up a pizza convo with him. super nice guy!!

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                            Burger Boy RE: ceviche Jan 13, 2009 05:21 AM

                            By any chance do they do slices? Trying to watch the weight in the new year.

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                          ceviche RE: ceviche Jan 12, 2009 09:03 PM

                          yeah i'm not sure what the deal was with our trip to Vito's. we chalked it up to either being:
                          - a snobby WeHo thing
                          - a friday night "this is our busy night so we don't really need your business" thing
                          - i think they had moved locations recently, so maybe the staff/cooks weren't on their A-game

                          whatever the cause, i probably won't ever go back there. i have a very very very very low standard for service. i truly and deeply only care about the food. ambiance and service are irrelevant to me. however, if the staff at a restaurant doesn't meet that basic level of human decency (at least acknowledge my presence) then i'm done with that place for good. if someone walked into my door with the intent of giving me their money, i wouldn't ignore them completely.

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                            Burger Boy RE: ceviche Jan 12, 2009 09:09 PM

                            I will ask you to break your rule one time, give them another shot. These are some of the nicest people there are, Vito a true mench and a character, his brother and cousin both real people people! I been going for 6 or 7 years, they had the place on Vermont then closed for 3 years and reopened in mid '07 in present location.

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                              JeetJet RE: ceviche Jan 12, 2009 09:44 PM

                              Those people who work there -- not snobbs
                              Friday night and don't nned your buisness -- not that either
                              Just moved and not up to A service --nope

                              These people are cool. It is not an act and they just do not get in your face. Just walk up to that glass case, look at what they have, and then make eye contact with that girl or the guy. Maybe wave your hand. Smile and order a cheese slice and the dryer the better. The longer it sits the more the flavors of that half-cooked slice combine and the more better the crust gets. Trust me.

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                            nosh RE: holleygolitely Jan 11, 2009 11:30 PM

                            My favorite is Lamonica's in Westwood Village. Big, chewy, greasy, lots of meat on top. But what is going on with the price? A two-topping large delivered used to be $13.95, going up dollar by dollar over many years. Then suddenly it's damn near $20 for a pizza!!??

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                              ceviche RE: nosh Jan 13, 2009 12:01 AM

                              i also really like lamonica's. since i'm a student at UCLA law i've gotten to eat LOTS of lamonicas in the last 18 months. almost every student meeting gets lunch from lamonica's.

                              also, don't forget that they have 2 for 1 night on mondays. two large 1-topping pizzas for like $17. not a bad deal!!!

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                              Adsvino RE: holleygolitely Jan 12, 2009 05:17 AM

                              None of these mentioned are any thinner than Mulberry Street!

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                                a_and_w RE: Adsvino Jan 12, 2009 09:17 AM

                                Agreed -- Mulberry Street would be my other rec in BH besides Vito's.

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                                  mdpilam RE: Adsvino Jan 13, 2009 09:53 PM

                                  I actually prefer Mulberry Street to Vito's. I think Vito's is a little over hyped. Solid for LA, but not as great as everyone makes it out to be.

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                                    Adsvino RE: mdpilam Jan 14, 2009 06:50 AM

                                    Prefer Larchmont and Mulberry (and spin-off Ritchie Palmers in SaMo) to Vito's, by a notch....

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                                      Burger Boy RE: Adsvino Jan 14, 2009 07:44 AM

                                      Larchmont is good but not location wise for this poster, in fact it is really good.

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                                  noahbites RE: holleygolitely Jan 12, 2009 07:10 PM

                                  The pizza at Enoteca Drago ain't bad.

                                  Enoteca Drago
                                  410 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                                    ceviche RE: holleygolitely Jan 12, 2009 09:05 PM

                                    because I didn't link to them in my above post, here is the info for Brooklyn Pizza and Pasta on Pico:

                                    Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta
                                    9228 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                                    1. J.L. RE: holleygolitely Jan 13, 2009 04:08 PM

                                      No one has mentioned the ULTRA-thin Italian pizza at Cafe Angelino, near the corner of 3rd and Robertson. I like the pizze margherita and the pizze funghi.


                                      Cafe Angelino

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