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Mar 4, 2010 03:06 PM

NY Pizza Tour

My mom, her New Jersey-raised boyfriend, and I have decided to undertake a "pizza tour" of LA. They live in the Valley and mainly go to Mulberry St., and are going to trek over the hill for a day of pizza fun in the city. I've been trolling the archives, but I would also like some helpful recommendations, with the following guidelines:

1. NY style only. While I've considered doing a more general tour with all different kinds of pizza, for this particular day we're sticking with NY style.

2. Single slices must be available. With all the pizza we're planning on consuming, we can't be ordering entire pies

3. Based on the places on my list already, I'm thinking we'll start near my (in WeHo) and move east. I'm not so interested in Westside pizza, just because the logistics are more complicated, but if there is somewhere absolutely outstanding that I am missing, please let me know.

Thank you in advance for all your help!

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  1. Joe's - SM
    La Cienega - Vito's
    Melrose or Silverlake - Tomato Pie (grandma slice > *)

    1. Brooklyn Pizzeria on Tampa in Reseda (next door to Fab Hot Dogs, at least for the present). D'Amore Pizza Connection, multiple locations several in SFV. Brooklyn has slices, I believe D'Amore does as well.

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      1. re: TomSwift

        Joe's on Bleecker (Santa Monica), LaMonica's (Westwood), Vito's (La Cienega), then Tomato Pie.

        Skip D'Amore.

        1. re: J.L.

          Agreed, I wasn't very impressed with D'Amore. Larchmont Pizza is decent as well. But a warning... their clam pie is no Frank Pepe of New Haven.

          Mr Taster

      2. Has everyone forgotten that Joe's also has a location around the corner from Vito's? Or has the sunset branch closed since I last checked? With the one-two punch, there's no reason to leave West Hollywood if you want NY style pizza.

        Mr Taster

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        1. re: Mr Taster

          According to their website they are still there. They are definitely on my list (as well as Two Boots, I figure we have to try all the NYC folks) but perhaps I should call them to make sure they still are on Sunset?

          1. re: rds246

            You can probably skip Two Boots if you're looking strictly for NY-style pizza. I think the places to try are Vito's, Joe's, and Mulberry Street. I can't vouch for Tomato Pie, but it's on my list of places to try.

            1. re: a_and_w

              Agree with this. I've also had some good pizza at LaRocco's in CC, though generally, the above are better.

              1. re: a_and_w

                really? I'm a fan of the Two Boots in New York, is the LA version quite different? I think we'll leave it on our list just so we can compare to all the NYC Two Boots slices we've eaten, but thanks for the warning!

                1. re: rds246

                  I think the warning again Two Boots is that even at the pizzeria in New York City, it's not exactly representational of what is widely regarded as pizza in New York. (In other communities, the definition of pizza is more fluid than it is in the city).

                  Of course if you've tried Two Boots in NYC and liked it, then by all means give it a shot.

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    yeah, I guess I am not as stringent in my requirements compared to some others. When I lived in New York I ate a variety of pizza that I would consider NY Pizza, as opposed to, say Chicago Style or Neapolitan style.

                    I'm hoping to try at least 6 or 7 places when we do this. I've had some recommendations of places I haven't yet been to, but I don't know how reliable they are. What do people think of Garage Pizza, Nicky D's, Pitfire, and Lucifers? I'm not even sure that some of these places offer slices, but maybe other know...

                    1. re: rds246

                      Pitfire reminds me to some extent of the classic Neapolitan style that is served at Antica Pizzeria in Marina Del Rey. We like both those and both would be worth adding to your taste test.

                      Pitfire has even opened up a new location on Washington Blvd in Mar Vista, which is very close to Antica in Marina Del Rey, so it would be easy to do both.

                      Antica Pizzeria
                      13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

                      Pitfire Pizza Company
                      2018 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                      1. re: rds246

                        I can only speak for Pit Fire, and they do not offer slices. I find their style more similar to Mozza/Pizzeria Antica than NY Style...


                        1. re: Dommy

                          No slices, but they have the personal sized pizzas that are somewhat akin to having a slice.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            But not akin to NYC style which the OP is looking for.

                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                              Once they said they weren't married to the strict definition of NY style, and added that they were thinking about adding Pitfire to the mix, it seemed like a natural to tack on Antica (for comparison purposes only!).

                              Never a bad thing to eat good pizza.

                        2. re: rds246

                          Garage Pizza: 3.5/5 stars
                          Nicky D's: 4/5 stars
                          Pitfire: 3/5 stars
                          Two Boots. 2/5 stars
                          Tomato Pie: 4.5-5/5 stars

                        3. re: Mr Taster

                          What Mr. T said. I like Two Boots just fine, but it's not NY-style by a long shot.

                  2. re: Mr Taster

                    IME, The Santa Monica Branch serves a superior slice...


                  3. Damianos! (across the street from Canters)