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Finally...Good Pizza in Clairemont???

Another spinoff from a former Bronx Pizza employee is about to open on Diane Ave. in Clairemont called Fat Tony's. It's just two doors down from Ba Ren on the corner of Diane and Conrad and should finally give Clairemonters (Clairemontians?) a good if not excellent New York-style pie to enjoy.

Hopefully it'll be as good as Luigi's and will give us some relief from the horrid pizza that infests the area. Word has it a couple to a few weeks away from opening and will offer free delivery.

In combination with Ba Ren and Little Sheep we've got ourselves a little hot corner of cuisine in Clairemont!

Oh, boy...

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  1. Great news as it is so much closer to us than Luigi's. Keep us posted!

    1. I don't know the streets you are mentioning, any other landmarks or commercial references?

      Thx for the heads up

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      1. re: MrKrispy

        I think that that's the location of Taste of Italy? Across Diane Ave. from the Diane Center, home of Sorrentino's, Baras Thrift Store, El Cotixan Mexican Food and the Hungry Stick Pool Hall.

        1. re: MrKrispy

          Diane intersects with Clairemont Mesa Blvd. west of 805, east of 5 and south of 52 and is two blocks east of Genessee Ave. on the north side.

          1. re: MrKrispy

            ok, know right where it is. Look forward to this, thanks!

          2. Well, Fat Tony's is scheduled to open tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7. I can't wait...I am so pizza starved. Phone # for delivery is 858.268.7700.

            I'll find out soon if the pie is worthy...

            1. Wow!!! The slices I had the other day were fabulous, first rate, nice crispy, almost wafer-like crust, really unique to my experience. The overall flavor was fantastic, excellent sauce and cheese, and they show restraint in both.

              Have also heard nothing but raves from friends who've eaten there. It's my turn tonight!

              Yes indeedy, folks, good pizza in Clairemont!!! Whooda thunk it?

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              1. re: deckape

                Thanks Deckape, I'm always up for trying new pie! ....and btw, while stopping in at Eclipse Chocolat a couple of weeks ago - noticed Luigi's pizzeria opening up a 2nd location right next door.

              2. Chef Husband and I bought a pie to take home last night. The staff was friendly, fun while we waited. The pizza smelled great in the car on the way home, a good sign. CH pronounced it "OK." I thought is was better than OK-- and a real step above what we normally order to be delivered. It was also much better than my one and only time at Bronx, which I found too salty and too much garlic in tomato sauce. The Fat Tony's crust was crispy, thin and tasty. The sausage delicious. Overall, a big YES from me. Not a place to go and hang out (pretty sterile and no vibe) but we will definitely make this our delivery place. If I can stay in clairemont long enough (and generally I hope I don't) someone is bound to realize that real food works here. The populace is changing, and we're tired of driving.

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                1. re: pickypicky

                  That was a great restaurant report. Thank you for taking the time to write it.

                2. We also tried Fat Tony's tonight. Really friendly staff. We got the Barbecue Chicken Pizza and Fresca pizza and both were really good.

                  Fat Tony's shares its parking lot with Ba Ren, so take the same driveway as if you were going to Ba Ren.

                  Pictures here:

                  Menu here:

                  1. Another pizza from Fat Tony. This one was vegetarian with broccoli and roasted peppers (ok, ok. it was girl's night with friends. . .) and it was delivered fast and in great shape. It got 3 thumbs up. Their menu is a little hard to figure out. Kinda too smarty, and I don't get it. But I just tell'em that I want a big pizza with a thin crust and the toppings I want.

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                    1. re: pickypicky

                      Fat Tony's is awesome. its about time clairemont gets something decent going in that area.

                      My only critizism is that i cant for the life of me figure out why every time a pizza place opens, Bronx gets the credit.
                      The pizza biz is really a pretty small community and just because a guy worked for Bronx doesnt mean they are a spin off of Bronx.

                      I know several guys that have worked for Bronx including Anthony (Fat Tony) and all they did was spin out Bronx recipes the way Bronx wants them. These guys such as Fat Tony or Luigis have thier own recipes and do thier own thing.

                      In other words it would be like giving sizzler credit if i opened a steak house just because i may have worked there once when i was 16.

                      Brooklyn Boyz Pizza in Oceanside is another so called spinoff but in reality the guys at Brooklyn Boyz were what helped to make Bronx what it is today. Kevin the "pizza" guy is one of the best pizza guys around.
                      To say they are spinoffs is almost insulting. (no disrespect meant to Bronx)
                      I personally liked Bronx but not so much any more since the consistancy has been lacking.

                      A real "spinoff " would be Knock out pizza or flippin. since they bought Bronx recipes.

                      1. re: alottameat

                        I think it has to do more with how the pizzerias are run, and the techniques used as opposed to recipes. For twenty years, San Diego had fairly good pizzerias come and go, but Bronx Pizza figured out how to stay around. That lesson was passed on, and that's why Bronx gets the credit.

                        Bronx Pizza
                        111 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

                        1. re: jmtreg

                          I live in oceanside and yes brooklyn boyz is good but after a while they all tasted the same to me bronx, luigi's, buongiorno's until someone told me to try Bruno's in san marcos and boy did I hit the mother lode...finally.

                          It looked any normal NY pizza but when you bite into it you realize this is just awesome, the crust was perfectly crunchy and the sauce was so balanced you can drink it. You might think it's expensive $23 for a 3 topping small pizza but their small is XXL compared other places. It took us a week to finish it.

                    2. So there is a groupon today and we don't usually spend $25....anyone tried the chicken wings or calzones?

                      1. Went to Fat Tony's last night (finally!) and it was fantastic. Probably the biggest difference between Fat Tony's and other similar SD places is the service. They were friendly, patient, and happy to explain the menu. Quite a difference.

                        The chicken wings were proper (slightly fried, no batter, with a buttery Red Hot type of sauce) and quite meaty.

                        I found the pizza too be outstanding in comparison to the other NY-thin-crust places in SD. My girlfriend who is from NY still says that all the SD places have a similar crust and it still isn't like NY (me too, but I have only visited NY). If you live in the area give Fat Tony's a try!

                        Fat Tony's
                        4973 Diane Ave, San Diego, CA 92117

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                        1. re: MrKrispy

                          Another NY style pizza place just popped up called Long Island Mike's (right off I-15 & Clairemont Mesa Blvd). All their pizzas are 18" but they also sell by the slice. I'd say it's comparable to Bronx Pizza as well.

                          Bronx Pizza
                          111 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103