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Dec 23, 2009 12:44 PM

Gloucester pizza

Hello, all, and merry Christmas Eve eve.

Has anyone been to La Rosa's lately (formerly Mooter's)? We stopped going a while ago when it changed hands. I would love to go back because we live so close but I can't bear the disappointment since the new owners changed the pizza recipe.

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  1. How about the za at La Trattoria? Ever tried it?

    1. I have concluded there is no good pizza - I mean REALLY good pizza on Cape Ann. Tried 'em all. I make it at home and it's better than anything I can go out for or take out. The WORST pizza I ever ate was in fact in Gloucester.

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      1. re: ipsofatso

        I remember a lot of raves for Sebastian's recently so I tried a few and they were just weird. Sweet pizza? What's up with that? People also rave about Maria's and I just don't get it.

        I will try La Trat and hope for the best. We've been getting pizza at Leonardo's lately and it hasn't been too bad, but I miss LaRosa's. It was really head and shoulders above everyone else in its heyday.

        By the way, it's also hard to get good seafood on Cape Ann. Go figure.

        1. re: resipsaloquitor

          Can you elaborate on what type of seafood you like.

          1. re: treb

            with fins or shell plus squid. But that's another thread.

            1. re: ipsofatso

              This time of year, for fried clams I like The Village in Essex. It's old school and caters to an older crowd but, the clams are excellent, they also have other broiled seafood options. Next, I like Causeway for broiled haddock, I usually get it 'naked' sans bread crumb topping. and their mussel and clam maranara options, they do a pretty good red sauce as well as a garlic, parsely white sauce. For squid, I'm heading in to The Daily Catch, haven't seen many options on CA. If I going more upscale, I'll take Franklin Cafe, Duckworth and Zabagliones in Ispwich. Your thoughts?

              1. re: treb

                We have very similar tastes; I would add Ithaki to the list. No pizza there tho.

                1. re: ipsofatso

                  I want something between gourmet and Seafood Newburg -- something fresh and flavorful and not cliche. Does that make sense? This is what I can't find here.

                  1. re: resipsaloquitor

                    Have to agree, mostly old school style seafood on CA. One place I go just for the swordfish putenesca, I'm not kidding it's very good, is DeParma in Winthrop. I'd like to talk the owner of Sugar Mag's into opening on just one Saturday evening for a 4 course price fix menu with her winning throw-down seafood dish. That's what you're looking for.

                  2. re: ipsofatso

                    2nd Ithaki, like sitting at the bar in front of a bowl of olives with a crust of bread and a botttle of wine. Once they had basil ice cream, believe me, if they ever have it again, order it.

                    1. re: treb

                      Is there anything that ice cream can't do?

        2. Virgillios on Main street has good pizza and the chicken salad sandwich is the best I have ever had. Hop in the car and drive down to Beverly and try Little Italy's pizza on Cabot street, YUM!

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          1. re: drewinmrblhd

            + virgillios - they have great everything and i would take a bullet to find out how they make their pizza sauce. if you can get there early enough to get a fresh pie not a slice from the heatlamp case..

            1. re: rich patina

              I will try to get a slice right from Virgilio's oven, because I had one once that had been under the heat lamp and I got post-traumatic cafeteria food syndrome.

              I do love Virgilio's sandwiches, esp. West Ender.

              1. re: resipsaloquitor

                hmmm all the times I have ever been to Virgilios never thought to have the pizza --I am obsessed with the St Joseph sandwich though. Will have to put that on my list.

                1. re: saridt

                  I am obsessed with the Sou'Wester myself....its almost a muffletta with the olive salad...mmmm I get mine with hot cappicola ....their pizza fresh is a B....crust a bit doughy for me.

                  1. re: ipsofatso

                    If you guys want one helluva sandwich, go to Duckworth Beach Gourmet in the old Bagel Jim's on Washington Street. Their roast beef sandwich changed my life.