Not to add to the pizza wars, but has anyone tried Two Boots in Echo Park?
Apparently this is a popular joint in NY and they opened up their first LA location in Echo Park. My friend from NY swears by their pizzas. My personal all time favorite pizza is Lombardi's b/c of their use of fresh mozzarella and of course, that coal burning oven. I've tried the likes of Mulberry's, Vitos, John's, but my favorite NY style pizza in LA so far is Brownstone Pizza in Eagle Rock. Can anyone comment on how Two Boots stacks ups against these??
I used to eat at the East Village NYC location a couple times a week, however, i did live about 2 blocks away. i don't mind the cornmeal crust, but i can see how some people may be turned off by it. the pie w/ crawfish meat was the best, IMO. i'd put it in the "good if you're in the neighborhood" category.
This place was mediocre by NYC standards - I lived around the corner and there were at least a half dozen better options in the 'hood. The Louisiana meets Italy theme never did it for me although the Cajun/Italian hybrid may be a better fit for fusion-crazy California.
Now that I live relatively close to this new Two Boots, I'm not particularly tempted to try it. I'm sticking with Il Capriccio, Tomato Pie or Garage.
I frequented the place when i lived in NYC and loved it. I stick to the regular cheese. The cornmeal crust and slight spice to the sauce make this one of my favorites in Manhattan. I haven't tried the echo park location yet, but if it's consistent with the village/grand central station locations, I'd recommend it. I'm not really into the topping varieties, so i can't vouch for those.
Tried it out last weekend. Had the Bayou Beast (andoullie, jalapeno, shrimp, crayfish) which was my old standby in NY. Pretty much matched up but the shrimp was a bit undercooked and the crust was close but not exactly the same (chalk it it up to the old water argument if you're so inclined). Also, prices were the same or perhaps even more than their NY locations - no recession specials here.
Two Boots was never transcendentally good pie but they've got unique toppings and the cornmeal crust can be a nice switch. Ultimately, it probably doesn't merit going out of your way for but if you're passing by you could do worse than pick up a pie from them.