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echoparkdirt Aug 22, 2009 08:39 PM

Is Bonello's considered the Go-To place? An authentic Italian from the Bronx told me that was the pizza to go to...but I'm suspicious...

  1. DrBruin Aug 22, 2009 09:38 PM

    More or less dismal (the pizza situation). Can't speak for Bonello's.

    I usually order from a small chain called Garlic Jims. I get the thin crust and light on the sauce, and I'm happy.

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      JeetJet Aug 22, 2009 10:28 PM

      I never heard of Bonello's but I checked the location and only found that name in San Pedro. Maybe that is a different location or something. I looked at maps because I once worked in the area of Torrence and Harbor City and the pizza place I went to most often was either on Lomita Blvd or PCH in Harbor City. I cannot recall the name because it has been years since I worked out there but I do recall that the owner had many national awards for pizza tossing. The pizza was pretty good back then. Not sure but maybe the place below is the place I once went to very often.

      Philipos Pizza & Pasta
      (1206 Pacific Coast Hwy,
      Harbor City, CA 9071
      310) 517-0445

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      1. re: JeetJet
        DrBruin Aug 22, 2009 11:29 PM

        Philipos is on PCH and Normandie. The pizza is decent thin crust. They do a decent business. The restaurant looks warn down.

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        Ogawak Aug 22, 2009 10:43 PM

        Not Torrance, but San Pedro is home to maybe the best new pizza place around. Pavich is amazing pizza with a great thin crust. Actually it's Croatian-style, but I prefer this to most of the thin crust pizza places around.

        1. echoparkdirt Aug 23, 2009 08:06 PM

          I went to Pedone's in Redondo because....(cue "LA SUCKS" refrain)...Bonello's (the "New York Pizza place") closes at a very un-New York 9pm on Saturdays!!!!

          Pedone's, while extravagantly complimented at some other site, was one step above unedible.

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          1. re: echoparkdirt
            DrBruin Aug 23, 2009 09:57 PM

            The crust at Pedone's had a hardened cardboard feeling to it.

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            Clinton Aug 23, 2009 09:03 PM

            I believe there is a Bonello's across El Camino College on Crenshaw which has been there for years. They used to send out discount flyers and do home deliveries if I remember correctly. Haven't had their pizzas in a long time but when we did, it was probably the best around. To be honest, I prefer Costco pizzas...OK, shoot me!

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              peterboy Aug 23, 2009 09:29 PM

              bonello's is on gaffey in pedro. it's good. tending to nyc style. but being born there, I hesitate to credit that fully.
              ditto a recommedation of pavich, on alma.--good I mean.
              also very fine is sorrento on 25th and western.
              just had their half fresh tomato half sausage. excellent sausage.

              1. Joe Blowe Aug 23, 2009 09:54 PM

                There are three (3) restaurants in the South Bay that go by the name "Bonello's":


                The one across from El Camino College is dreck -- can't comment on the other two. If you Google the name, you'll see lotsa shillin' and jivin' about how "the pizza is totally awesome at Bonello's!!!1!ONE!" Don't believe the hype...

                +3 on the Pavich's rec: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612053

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                1. re: Joe Blowe
                  echoparkdirt Aug 24, 2009 04:20 PM

                  There are three Bonello's I found

                  Bonello's Pizza
                  832 S Gaffey St
                  San Pedro, CA 90731
                  (310) 832-7544

                  20120 Anza Ave
                  Torrance, CA 90503

                  16006 Crenshaw Blvd
                  Gardena, CA 90249
                  (310) 327-0355

                  Does anyone know if any of these are worth a try?

                  1. re: echoparkdirt
                    Joe Blowe Aug 24, 2009 05:11 PM

                    As I stated in the post you just responded to, YES there are three (3) locations, and NO, the Crenshaw locations sucks. Try the others at your own risk...

                    1. re: echoparkdirt
                      rubysoma Aug 24, 2009 11:42 PM

                      I used to go to Bonello's on Anza in Torrance all the time as a kid and it was great. I'm a huge fan of NY style pizza, and although I can't tell you how authentic it is, it's definitely worth a try. Of note, I haven't been there in years.

                    2. re: Joe Blowe
                      kainzero Aug 25, 2009 09:24 AM

                      I thought the one across from El Camino College was decent. It's not worth going out for but if you pass by it and you want pizza it's fine. When I took a summer class and would go straight after work and I was too lazy to prepare 5 meals in the morning to last the entire day, I'd go there for a slice.

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