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Not to add to the pizza wars, but has anyone tried Two Boots in Echo Park?

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TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 09:54 AM

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??

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  1. monku RE: TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 10:05 AM

    Quick CH search on Two Boots
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593974
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/426628

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      jdwdeville RE: TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 10:07 AM

      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.

      1. JeMange RE: TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 10:37 AM

        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.

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          TailbackU RE: JeMange Feb 16, 2009 10:41 AM

          thanks for the feedback. I was planning on stopping by on my way home tonight and pick up a pie but maybe I won't anymore. I wish Brownstone was a bit closer to me in Los Feliz.

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          desidetergent RE: TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 12:18 PM

          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.

          1. mrgreenbeenz RE: TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 04:22 PM

            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.

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              Ben7643 RE: mrgreenbeenz Feb 16, 2009 06:35 PM

              I used to live in NYC, while two boots isn't typical nyc style pizza like Lombardi's or Grimaldi's it is good. It's a spicy pizza with a tangy sauce. It's not bad I had a it many times in NYC it's good with sweet sausage IMO :). Definitely worth a try.

            2. a_and_w RE: TailbackU Feb 17, 2009 07:28 AM

              Two Boots is stretching the definition of pizza -- nothing like the NY-style places you mention. But it's still worth a try -- I like the Tony Clifton with some andouille sausage added. FYI, they dust the crust with cornmeal, which is a turnoff for some.

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                epop RE: TailbackU Feb 17, 2009 07:31 AM

                I never liked two boots when I lived in nyc and am sad to see it spreading. I guess somebody out there does like the execution but between the cornmeal crust and odd combos I really don't know how.

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