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NY Pizza Tour

rds246 Mar 4, 2010 03:06 PM

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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    ns1 Mar 4, 2010 03:11 PM

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

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      TomSwift Mar 4, 2010 03:35 PM

      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
        J.L. Mar 4, 2010 04:40 PM

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

        Skip D'Amore.

        1. re: J.L.
          Mr Taster Mar 5, 2010 10:15 AM

          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. Mr Taster Mar 4, 2010 05:12 PM

        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
          rds246 Mar 5, 2010 09:36 AM

          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
            a_and_w Mar 5, 2010 10:36 AM

            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
              mdpilam Mar 5, 2010 10:42 AM

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

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                Mattapoisett in LA Mar 5, 2010 12:48 PM

                I agree with this

              2. re: a_and_w
                rds246 Mar 5, 2010 11:06 AM

                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
                  Mr Taster Mar 5, 2010 11:14 AM

                  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
                    rds246 Mar 5, 2010 11:50 AM

                    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
                      Servorg Mar 5, 2010 12:07 PM

                      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
                        Dommy Mar 5, 2010 12:11 PM

                        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...


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                          Servorg Mar 5, 2010 12:12 PM

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

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                            Mattapoisett in LA Mar 5, 2010 12:50 PM

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

                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                              Servorg Mar 5, 2010 01:06 PM

                              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
                          sillygoosedown Mar 5, 2010 09:31 PM

                          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
                          a_and_w Mar 6, 2010 08:23 AM

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

                  2. re: Mr Taster
                    Dommy Mar 5, 2010 09:58 AM

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


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                    HBfoodie Mar 5, 2010 01:31 AM

                    Damianos! (across the street from Canters)

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                      LuluTheMagnificent Mar 5, 2010 04:03 AM

                      village pizza - larchmont

                      1. orythedog Mar 5, 2010 09:44 AM

                        VITO's - White slice with pesto

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                        1. re: orythedog
                          JPomer Mar 5, 2010 02:55 PM

                          Vito's for sure

                        2. gadflier Mar 5, 2010 09:22 PM

                          Well, if you do go Westside - Coop

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                            film_score Mar 5, 2010 09:49 PM

                            I've found that LaRocco's Pizza in Culver City has pretty good straight-ahead NYC pizza. It definitely seems to be the same as if you stopped in any random pizza joint in Manhattan. Also Lamonica's in Westwood is pretty good NYC style pizza (these are in addition to the other places everybody is recommending)

                            LaRocco’s Pizzeria
                            3819 Main Street
                            Culver City, CA 90232

                            1066 Gayley Ave
                            Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                              stuffed Mar 6, 2010 01:53 PM

                              If you make it to north OC, may I suggest:

                              2500 East Imperial Highway
                              Brea, CA 92821-6115
                              (714) 672-0555

                              Bronx style, ala Arthur Ave. or Zerega Ave.

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