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orythedog Aug 3, 2009 01:11 PM

Everyone has their favorite and mine is VITOS. Thin crust doesn't get better than this. It is CONSISTENTLY excellent. On Saturday I had three slices:

Slice #1: white pie with fresh ricotta and homemade pesto

Slice #2: sort of a meat lovers with sausage, pepperoni, meatball and cappocola

Slice #3: white pie, no pesto, add thick slices of fresh mushroom

I enjoy their pizza because of the cheese/sauce ratio, freshness and consistency/bite of the dough.

If there is better, I'd like to know where...

  1. JEN10 Aug 17, 2009 10:24 AM

    Back to Pizza Pavich's Brick Oven Pizza http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612053

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      ivankrueger Aug 5, 2009 04:35 PM

      LA Pizza:

      1) Vito's is great. Been going there since they were on Vermont. (And caught them once closed at 7pm to host a 'sit-down' between some middle-aged men with pinky rings and a COP acting as security. Killer.

      2) Two Boots. Cornmeal crust might not be for everyone, but it makes for a crunch experience. While they're not as close to true NY Pizza as Vito's, I have to give them props for creativity. Signature slices are pretty fun. Crawfish on pizza, who knew?

      3) Casa Bianca. For years, people have commuted to Eaglerock and waiting an hour for their pizza. Personally, I didn't think it was all that great but...yes, the sausage is made in house and is great. Not a meat guy, so I don't know... It has great atmo but if you require a slice and little more, go to one of the above.

      4) Joe's in Santa Monica. Great pizza, when they do it right. I've had a couple of iffy pies from them, albeit takeout. I'd go in and pick out a slice.

      But who just want to laud the best? What about the WORST pizza is LA? (And I don't mean Pizza Hut or other offenders of the palate...) What place should you avoid at all costs?

      Domianos? Greasy, floppy, nasty.

      Others?

      1. DrBruin Aug 5, 2009 04:26 PM

        Perfect is really a difficult standard to achieve.

        1. I also enjoy Vito's. It reminded me of the pizza I'd eat in NY.
        2. Two Boots Pizzeria - Nice cornmeal crust. A tad greasy but it just brings back memories of my time in NY...eating at Two Boots locations in Manhattan.
        3. Garlic Jims - Surprisingly good for a chain. Crust is good. Sauce and toppings are good. Pizza tastes fresh. I like the thin crust. They even have alternative gluten free crusts. It's a good pie.
        4. Lamonicas - floppy, inexpensive... it really feels like most NY pizza shops.

        I guess I'm more of a NY style pizza kinda person.

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          JPomer Aug 5, 2009 01:58 PM

          I'm a big Vito's fan too, but today tried Joe's on Sunset because I''ve never had their slices. Well, in my book, Vito wins. Not by much, mind you. Joe's was good -- had a cheese slice, a pepperoni slice and a drink and it was even slightly less expensive than Vito's. But Vito's wins crust points...Joe's crust was think and crisp, but slightly too crisp...so much so that it kind of scrapes the roof of the mouth. Never fun. Vito's crust is crisp but has a bit more give. Also, I think Vito's has a better cheese to crust ratio. Again, close call, but Vito wins the weho pizza war in my book...

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            la tache burger Aug 4, 2009 01:38 PM

            amen

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              TomSwift Aug 4, 2009 10:55 AM

              Brooklyn Pizzeria on Tampa in Reseda. I have posted about this place recently. Great char on the thin crust, sausage that actually tastes like sausage, hand thrown and not cookie cutter round. It blows D'Amore's away.

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                ns1 Aug 4, 2009 01:14 PM

                I want to try this place so bad but I can't stop myself from entering Fabs

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                  TomSwift Aug 4, 2009 01:37 PM

                  Was at Fab today for a Ripper for lunch, with garlic tots. I had planned to go next door for a slice of pizza for dessert but they only had pepperoni. In any event, after next Monday Fab will be swarmed so you'll have an excuse to go to BP.

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                    ns1 Aug 5, 2009 12:42 PM

                    oh it's next monday? I've been going every chance I get so I can get my fix in first lol

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                      TomSwift Aug 5, 2009 12:58 PM

                      I must be addicted. I went there today for a steam dog, grilled onions and bald eagle mustard relish. Yup, next Monday. Joe says Monday will be OK (no swarm) because the show doesn't air here until 10:00, past closing. However, those who have dishes will get the east coast feed at 7:00 our time and will be able to decend before closing. They have a new mustard, "Stadium Mustard," from Cleveland - very subtle with Dijon overtones. Hero was in yesterday and, by my count of the dogs on his tray and his empty containers, he had about 12 bacon-wrapped dogs. Awesome.

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                        ns1 Aug 5, 2009 01:22 PM

                        My current dog is the brat w/BE mustard relish + onions + sauerkraut. truly perfect. their cowboy dog was pretty good too.

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                          TomSwift Aug 5, 2009 01:31 PM

                          This is getting far afield from "PERFECT pizza," but I've had that very combination - excellent. Haven't yet tried the cowboy dog. And why does he put mayo on dogs?!?

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                            Will Owen Aug 5, 2009 04:06 PM

                            Probably he likes it. Same reason I do.

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                              TomSwift Aug 5, 2009 04:16 PM

                              Well Will, I trust your taste so I'll give it a try. The special dog this week is the New England dog, sweet & spicy onion relish, a grilled dog, deli mustard and a little mayo. Sounds like tomorrow's lunch to me.

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                                Will Owen Aug 5, 2009 04:43 PM

                                Just because you trust my taste doesn't mean you'll like what I like. Many perfectly normal, intelligent people find mayonnaise revolting in and of itself, much less on (horrors!!) a hot dog. Or hamburger.

                                But NEVER on pizza (just to stay however feebly on-topic).

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                                  TomSwift Aug 5, 2009 04:56 PM

                                  I agree, and I commit only to giving it a try, not to liking it. To stay on topic, who knows, I may take one look at the dog/mayo mutation and go directly next door to Brooklyn and have a couple of slices. Hope thay have something in addition to peppeoni.

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                                    a213b Aug 16, 2009 10:56 PM

                                    I'm an idiot, and despite having read this thread did not realize what show you guys were talking about, so I went in this afternoon to try my first Ripper.

                                    Holy Moly, the place was SLAMMED! I figured going in at 3 would be a great time, and thankfully I went in then as I got one of the last Rippers, a Bald Eagle, and a side of Tots.

                                    After waiting 35 minutes for it, I got it and man was it freaking AWESOME! Reminded me a bit of Crif Dogs in NYC, though I still think theirs are better. But that being said, this place will definitely make it on to my immediate rotation list. Even with the wait it was an outstanding dog, with some great tots to boot -- not too salty, and just lightly seasoned, with a crisp exterior and pillow-y, potato-y goodness inside.

                                    And, in the interests of keeping this on topic, afterwards I stopped next door at Brooklyn Pizzeria to try a slice. It was just ok ... maybe I was spoiled by trying Vitos just last week, but this just does not compare. The crust was a bit too thin, not chewy enough, and I got hardly any sauce flavor (and what I did lacked that nice tomato burst I love).

                                    I can't in good conscience go here, but a large part of that is I will never be able to pass on Fabs.

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                                      TomSwift Aug 17, 2009 09:21 AM

                                      On your next visit to Fab try the GARLIC tots. You willl think you've seen God. I agree that Brooklyn's slices are dreadful. Still, their whole pies, IMO, are pretty good for a thin crust place. Incidently, the "Bald Eagle" mustard relish is named after a friend of Joe's who, (surprise) is bald and is nicknamed the Bald Eagle. Since the show I've braved the crowds twice for lunch but 3 times have driven there, seen the mob scene on the sidewalk (where is LAPD crowd control when you really need them?) and turned around back to the office. I'm glad you are adding it to your list; when the hoopla from the show wears off I want Fab to have a still stonger customer base so that it doesn't go the way of the lamented Wiener Factory or Rubin's Red Hot.

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                                        a213b Aug 17, 2009 10:07 AM

                                        Yeah, I was going to try the garlic tots but figured that on this, my first visit, I should go with how they prepare them. Trust me, I will be back soon, and even called a couple friends who live in the Encino/Tarzana area to tell them we must go soon, as I'm already craving it again.

                                        The woman working the register was super nice (Joe's wife?), although she did seem surprised when I mentioned it was my first time, and then when she asked if I'd seen the show I gave her a completely blank look like she was a Martian.

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                                          TomSwift Aug 17, 2009 10:17 AM

                                          That delightful woman is Susie, Joe's wife. The litle girl (well, maybe not so little) is their daughter. Be sure to sign up for their email news letter that announces their weekly "special" dogs and claims that it will tell us when the "slack" times are so that the regulars can avoid the crowds generated by the show.

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                  Professor Salt Aug 4, 2009 01:49 PM

                  I don't get over the hill much, but I'll have to give this place a try next time I'm up that way (like this week, mwahaha). Thanks, Tom.

                  I thought they might be related to the defunct Brooklyn Pizza, formerly in Huntington Beach & Costa Mesa, but they're not. I called to confirm just now.

                3. Thi N. Aug 4, 2009 09:42 AM

                  I love Vito's.

                  Their best stuff, I think, is their white pizzas - white with ricotta and pesto, veggie white...

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                    sel Aug 4, 2009 11:06 AM

                    Agree, except I add fresh garlic!

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                    Vito's Pizza
                    846 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                    a213b Aug 3, 2009 09:42 PM

                    My wife and I swung by Vitos tonight with thoughts on just having a slice each for a "snack" before moving on to other cultural adventures.

                    We succeeded, had our slice each (Cheese for me and the "Meat Lovers" for my wife), and both of us thought they were absolutely delicious ... so much so, that we left and then returned 15 minutes later to actually eat dinner, having a couple more slices each.

                    The crust at Vitos is close to perfection, with just the right amount of chew but not so much so that your jaw aches and aches from eating it. Great flavor too. The sauce is spot-on, with the right tomato-y, spicy, sweet balance.

                    This is like old-school NY style pizza at its best in LA, though I will admit I have not tried every place. I am VERY happy to have tried Vitos finally, and I will absolutely be back again.

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                      JeetJet Aug 3, 2009 08:09 PM

                      I like Vito’s so don’t get me wrong. It is good for what it is and if I am nearby (maybe 1x ea month) I will have a slice. But you mention sausage and pepperoni. I have tried Vito’s sausage and pepperoni and the reason I never ordered it again is because the quality, texture and falvor is too much like a cheap NYC style. Hey, that is what some people are looking for but I am sorry, NYC has no clue what good quality sausage and, pepperoni is. For the good stuff order a thin crust sausage pepperoni at Petrillo’s. Now maybe you won't think it is good since you say Vito's is perfect but that is OK with me also. If you do try Petrillo's you will also have a better quality cheese. In fact, I just had a Petrillo's thin crust cheese Friday night and the crust, sauce and cheese was PERFECT. You just gotts to specify "Thin Crust."

                      Petrillo’s
                      833 E Valley Blvd
                      San Gabriel, CA 91776
                      (626) 280-7332

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                        ns1 Aug 3, 2009 01:14 PM

                        There isn't.

                        I find the crust at TOMATO PIE to be fantastic, but their quality of ingredients not up to vito's snuff.

                        my GF loves the crust @ GARAGE PIZZA, but I found it a touch too crackery for my taste but I know alot of people who love it like that

                        I've had a truly epic slice of pizza @ RICHIE PALMERS at the Americana, however it was absurdly expensive and they are very inconsistent

                        In summary, there is no better pizza in LA than Vito's

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