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Apr 15, 2004 10:06 PM

NY Style floppy, greasy pizza

  • d

Been in LA since '97. Still searching...

I enjoy JRs in Culver City on Washington, Valentino's in Redondo Beach, some pizza place (forget name) in Hughes Airport Center foodcourt. Been to Mulberry Street. Bust still haven't found true NY Style pizza.

What are your suggestions for best of each pizza type:
1) NY Stle
2) Deep Dish Chicago Style (like Pizzeria Uno or Numero Uno)
3) Gourmet/CA Style a la Wolfgang Puck.

Oh yeah - Abbott's pizza is good too, IMO.

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  1. closest thing to John's Pizzeria in the Village is Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock.

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    1. re: drewben

      I love both John's and Casa Bianca, but unless something changed after I left Casa Bianca last night, I wouldn't say they're at all similar.

      Both excellent, but both quite different. For an Original Ray's experience (the one on 6th Ave & 12th?), I think Costco does a reasonable approximation, although Costco's crust is a little thicker.

    2. Patsy's in the Farmers Market. It's the only pizza in LA that is even close to east cost pizza. Really.

      And it's not as good as it once was, so go now before it gets worse.


      1. The only Chicago pizza I've found since Chicago Pizza Works closed down is a place called BJs. Apparently this is a chain but I only know of one in Westwood - 939 Broxton Ave. They have pretty good Chicago pizza - deep dish, however, they also have all the usual "California" toppings (BBQ chicken, etc.) which is disappointing.

        For NY Pizza, there are only two places that are great: Lamonicas NY Pizza in Westwood (1066 Gayley Ave)and Mr. Pizza on Fairfax (412 N Fairfax Ave)across from Canters. Lamonicas is a tad bit thicker and less crispy than Mr. Pizza - but both are outstanding!

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        1. re: alabama310

          Good call on Mr. Pizza, which I know as Damiano's. I'd forgotten about that place. Damiano's (Mr. Pizza) is located at 412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 323-658-7611. They actually do have pretty darn good NY-style cheesy, greasy pizza. It's best if you eat in rather than take out, I've found (the pizza seems to steam in the box and get a little soggy when you take it out).

          1. re: alabama310

            "Mr. Pizza on Fairfax (412 N Fairfax Ave)"

            Full name of this joint is actually Damiano's Mr. Pizza. They get their boxes from close-outs of other pizza joints, I have heard, and therefore it can be a little confusing to order at Damiano's and get a pizza box from Vito's, or Sal's, or Tony's, or...

            BTW the pizza here is grease-laden and terrific.

            Damiano's Mr. Pizza
            412 N Fairfax Av Los Angeles, CA 90035
            323 556 3100.

            1. re: Eric Archer

              I believe one can reccomend Mr. Pizza with the reservation that the crust is not exactly right. It is never crispy on the bottom - I have been there a dozen times, and I always forget to ask them to overcook it for me. There is also no serious puffing up at the non-sauced outer circumference. That being said, I enjoy it frequently.


          2. I would suggest you try the following:

            For NY Style Pizza (coal oven, not original ray's): Nicky D's in Silverlake. They do a wood-fired thin crust pie that is really great (especially the clam & garlic). It's more like a John's or New Haven style than the giant cheesy slices like you can find on any street corner in NY, but delicious nevertheless. 2764 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039 Phone: (323) 664-3333.

            Another place that does great NY Style Pizza is Vito's on Vermont. 814 N. Vermont, Los Angeles 323-667-2723.

            LA seems to excell more at italian-style pizza over NY Style, in my opinion, like the kind you find in Naples and the region. If this is up your alley, I would suggest you try Alto Palato (755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood 310-657-9271). They make a really lovely thin crust pizza margherita.

            I would also suggest Antica Pizzeria (13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey 310-577-8182), which also does a delicious pizza margherita. I'm also fond of their seafood marinara, which has a perfectly spiced red sauce, over spaghetti, with clams, etc.

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            1. re: DanaB

              As a Silverlake resident and former Hard Times patron, gave Nicky D's a try for the first time a few weeks ago per this board. Got a medium clam (white sauce)/garlic/bacon pie. Ate the whole damned thing myself.


            2. j
              Julian Castle

              If you're ever around the La Canada area (northwest of Pasadena), you can give these two places a try:

              LA Canada Imports
              1537 Foothill Boulevard
              La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

              I haven't been there since high school (1996), but it was a favorite at La Canada High. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but their pizza was pretty good IMHO. Thin crust, greasy cheese, and just the right amount of sauce.

              Georgee's Pizza
              720 Foothill Boulevard
              La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

              Another local favorite. My family still orders from there even after they moved out of La Canada to Pasadena. It's not traditional NY pizza, but good ingredients and good toppings.

              Also, you can check out:

              Z Pizza
              (various locations)

              Good pizza and a great toppings list. I think it's one of the best non-gourmet gourmet pizzas.

              New York's Uppercrust Pizza
              5291 East 2nd
              Long Beach, CA 90803

              I've never been there, but it looks good and appears to be busy everytime I walk/drive by.

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              1. re: Julian Castle

                My house is a quick bike ride to both Z and NY's UPPERCRUST and after having tried both, I go the extra literal mile (about 2) across the marina to SLICE OF NY in Seal Beach where, incidentally, another branch of Z sits two storefronts from S.O.N.Y. Bizarre.