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Feb 11, 2009 03:13 PM

Is there any decent NY style Pizza in OC?

The debate rolls on but I have yet to find anything really good. Is it because our water supply has more chlorine than a swimming pool?

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  1. Have you tried A Slice of New York in Seal Beach? I was there recently and thought that it was a pretty decent interpretation of NY street pizza.


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    1. re: kevin h

      I like the pizza at A Slice of New York in Seal Beach, but It may have gone down a bit. Last time i was there, I think there was a new owner.

      1. re: GrindzHound

        I last tried A Slice of NY in Seal Beach a few months ago and thought that the pizza at AL's NY Cafe was much better because it had better flavor. However, Al's is a tiny dive more suited for takeout than for dining on the few little tables that it has. While small, A Slice of NY had comfortable red booths and is in a great location on Main Street where one can stroll the quaint shops and Seal Beach Pier.

    2. Al's New York Cafe on Irvine & 17th in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach.

      On a recommendation, I went there and the pizza rocked! If I had to fault it, it almost (almost) had too much cheese! But then, I've gotten used to Zpizza which is on the low end.

      The crust was crispy yet foldable. The sauce had the right hint of oregano. There was ample pepperoni and the mozzarella was gooey and stringy. As I took a bite, I had to extend my arm to it's full length and still pull at the strings of cheese.

      Best part: Lunch special - 2 slices and a soda = $5!!

      1. Depends. Do you want NY slice type pizza, or coal oven type pizza (a la Lombardi's, Angelo's, etc.)?

        If the latter, so sorry but not possible.

        If the former, go to Luigi's D'Italia on State College and South in Anaheim (across from Albertsons). Get the extra-large size and tell them you want it cut in ONLY EIGHT SLICES.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          sounds good never tried this place. pina's bistro in tustin is pretty good, but it's not new york style and you have to request more cheese on it.

          hey Das, what was that joint also in anaheim that serves up meatball subs, i think you mentioned it, it's supposed to look like a tourist trap but actually serves up the delicious wares. thanks.

          1. re: kevin

            The meatball subs? That's Niberino's. It's in the "His Nibs" liquor store on the NE corner of Sunkist and Ball Road, same plaza as Jagerhaus.

            1. re: kevin

              Hey Kevin, I've only tried this pizza once and I think they may have made a mistake with my order. The pizza didn't seem to have any mozzarella, just Romano/Parmesan cheese. Is that typical of Pina's pizza?

          2. In San Clemente try LaRocco's. If I was still in Brooklyn I would think his pizza is one of the best.

            In Laguna Beach right by Main Beach Johnnies Pizza is pretty good, and if the John owner is there he is pretty interesting to talk to.

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            1. re: Tommy M

              There is a LaRocco's in Huntington Beach as well. Going there for lunch tomorrow.

              1. re: Tommy M

                LaRocco's is pizza heaven! I live 18 miles away in Mission Viejo, but look for reasons to go to San Clemente. I grew up in the suburbs of NYC and have been looking for a place like this for years. Paul, the owner, is often there - he'll make you feel like family.

              2. Al's in Costa Mesa and New York Upper Crust in Irvine are my 2 favorite places.

                New York's Upper Crust Pizza
                5613 Alton Parkway Gelsons Ctr, Irvine, CA 92602

                Al's New York Cafe
                1673 Irvine Ave Ste B, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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                1. re: Jaytizzle

                  I've tried NY Upper Crust in Irvine, but was a bit disappointed. Yesterday, tried LaRocco's in Huntington Beach. Next stop will be a Slice of NY in Seal Beach, but so far, none can hold a candle to

                  Al's New York Cafe

                  1. re: janetms383

                    LaRocco's SUCKED.

                    I say this not because the pizza was only mediocre, but after I had received my slices, a party of 3 came in and ordered slices. The wasted no-personality kid behind the counter took their money and then touched their slices with his grungy hands!!!! If he had been the one to serve me, I would have walked out of the store. Luckily, my order was handled by someone with better hygiene, but that observation is enough to completely put me off this place. They need better quality control.

                    Go to Al's New York Cafe.