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Looking for great pizza place in Sherman Oaks/Studio City Area

howefortunate May 2, 2010 11:28 AM

I moved to this year a year ago and still haven't found a great pizza place. Any recommendations?

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  1. wienermobile RE: howefortunate May 2, 2010 11:35 AM

    A little farther In North Hollywood I really like Pitfire Pizza.
    http://www.pitfirepizza.com/pages/loc...

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      Maxmillion RE: wienermobile May 5, 2010 08:59 AM

      Second Pitfire -- gourmet fare -- almost as good as P. Mozza and 2/3rds the price. Parking is a pain, tho...

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      Pitfire Pizza Company
      5211 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

    2. Hypnotic23 RE: howefortunate May 2, 2010 01:10 PM

      I live in the same area and unfortunately we're out of luck.

      Pizza in this area is hard to fine, when I do get the hunger urge for pizza, these are the spots I settle for:

      Pagiancci's Pizza 818/506-4111

      Little Toni's Pizza on Lankershim

      Hope this helps,

      Stuart

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      Little Toni's
      4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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        yippekaiyaemf RE: howefortunate May 2, 2010 01:43 PM

        We are fans of Joe Peeps, one of the best we have found in this area

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          Hypnotic23 RE: yippekaiyaemf May 2, 2010 01:51 PM

          you'll find the majority of this board dislikes Joe Peeps just like myself.

          When you hold a slice of their pie with toppings it all falls apart, it cant stand on its own to be held without turning into a complete mess.

          Also I'm not to fond of the flavors at all.

          Another decent pizza just I've found is only good while dining in, never get it delivered is:

          Spumoni's on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks

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            BearCity RE: Hypnotic23 May 4, 2010 10:43 AM

            The regular pizza at Joe Peep's is a soggy mess.

            BUT they offer a thin-crust, light-topping version called "Blue-collar Pizza" that is pretty damn good. The crust doesn't get overwhelmed by all the weight and moisture like the regular pizza.

            Also, if you want a more non-traditional "California-style" pizza, Caioti Pizza Cafe is the spot. I love the Sunchoke, Bacon and Dill. Unfortunately, their "traditional" pizza is...a soggy mess.

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            Caioti Pizza Cafe
            4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

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              yippekaiyaemf RE: BearCity May 5, 2010 06:27 PM

              I should have been more specific. We only order the blue collar at Joe Peeps. The regular is just too much

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          carter RE: howefortunate May 2, 2010 05:31 PM

          While I hardly qualify as a pizza expert, I know several friends who really enjoy the pizza at Santino's on Woodman, just north of Ventura on the west side of the street, which is largely a takeout or delivery place.
          Oak Fire Pizza will be opening some time this decade in the former fondue place just east of Menchie's on Ventura Blvd. at Dixie Canyon, but that hardly helps you now.

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            orythedog RE: carter Nov 5, 2010 10:21 AM

            ditto Santino's...great crust...they take a lot of care. My go to pizza place in the Valley if I don't want to drive to Vitos in Hollywood.

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              Dogbite Williams RE: orythedog Dec 5, 2010 04:33 PM

              I intended to eat at Antonio's a few Sundays ago, but I arrived before it opened. I walked over to Santino's and ordered the sausage and peppers pasts. It was awful, so bad that I will never them another shot. I have not had their pizza.

          2. maxzook RE: howefortunate May 2, 2010 06:24 PM

            The best pizza in the area (and one of my two or three favorite pizzas anywhere in LA) is Caioti Pizza Cafe on Tujunga south of Moorpark. Founded by the late Ed LaDou, Wolfgang Puck's original pizza maker at Spago and the designer of CPK's menu. The lab sausage pizza with eggplant and garlic is to die for.

            Georgio's California Pizza and Pasta, in the Trader Joe's mall on Ventura near Laurel Canyon, is imho the best Chicago-style deep dish in the Valley, if not quite up to the level of Banducci's on Lakewood or Prizzi's in Hollywood.

            Mazzarino's recently reopened after several years due to rebuilding after a fire. Haven't been back since the reopen, but I have it on good authority that they are still making the best traditional red-sauce Italian thin-crust in the Valley.

            Mazzarino's and Georgio's deliver, Caioti doesn't.

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            Caioti Pizza Cafe
            4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

            Mazzarino's Italian Restaurant
            12920 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 91423

            Georgio's California Pizza and Pasta
            11992 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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              carter RE: maxzook May 3, 2010 09:25 AM

              Friend of mine went recently to reconnect with Mazzarino's, and was sorely disappointed with either the memory, or the pizza, yet came away thinking there was a need to continue his search for good NY-style pizza in Sherman Oaks.
              I am not an authority on the subject, yet that was one person's opinion.
              I have enjoyed Mulberry Street in Encino, which is mostly for take-out or very casual dine-in, yet their white/spinach pizza was quite good back then.

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                maxzook RE: maxzook May 3, 2010 09:37 AM

                I meant LAMB sausage, of course. Although I've had pizza with sausage that tasted like it came from lab animals ...

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                stockholm_cindy RE: howefortunate May 2, 2010 11:09 PM

                I really like Danielle's Wood-Fired Pizza -- in a strip mall off Laurel Canyon Blvd in Valley Village (near Gelson's). There are only a couple of tables so it's really more of a takeout/delivery place, but if I remember correctly, they do slices if you just want to stop in and check it out. Good spice to their sauce and their crust is sturdy and a bit charred, the way I like it. My favorite topping is the pepperoni.

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                Danielle's Wood-Fired Pizza
                4822 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

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                  cdub RE: stockholm_cindy May 3, 2010 09:45 AM

                  i just had a pizza from danielle's recently. very respectable.

                  i'd never been a fan of mazarinos. the sauce, the crust... for some reason, it never worked for me and still doesn't.

                  i'd actually been impressed with joe peeps lately. not their regular pizza but their blue collar which is a thin crust. crust was properly thin and good sauce.

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                  rudy buci RE: howefortunate May 4, 2010 09:43 AM

                  The best, I think, is still Caioti. A new place you might try is Pepe's, on Ventura just east of Laurel Canyon, in the tiny space previously occupied by The Arb. I've had slices from them a couple of times, and I thought they were tasty and the ingredients were just fine.

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                    farmertomato RE: howefortunate May 4, 2010 11:33 AM

                    We've had good luck with Pizza Connection (formerly Damore's) at Coldwater and Magnolia. A long-time employee bought the place a while back and it went through some shakeup, but in recent months we've ordered several times and have been very impressed with their product. I'd avoid the pastas, and I don't know about the others, but the Italian meatless salad is quite good. The roasted vegetable pizza is not the usual fare and high quality. The sausage and onion pizza is my choice and it's consistently good. They deliver and try hard to please.

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                    Pizza Connection
                    15928 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

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                      maxzook RE: farmertomato May 4, 2010 11:53 AM

                      Linking to the Sherman Oaks branch ...

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                      Marcelino's Pizza Connection
                      12910 Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                        maxzook RE: maxzook May 6, 2010 09:58 AM

                        Let's try that again ...

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                        Marcelino's Pizza Connection
                        12910 Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                        beignet RE: farmertomato Aug 10, 2011 08:10 AM

                        I'll second the Pizza Connection as a good neighborhood joint. No ambiance, but nice people, good thin crust, and they'll even make a whole wheat pie for that weird cousin on a special diet.

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                        Pizza Connection
                        15928 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

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                        thursday RE: howefortunate May 4, 2010 06:27 PM

                        What, no love for Angelino's? It's on Moorpark and Lankershim - really good pizza, including slices. I'm not normally a sausage pizza fan, but theirs is fantastic.

                        Caioti is great, but as it was the inspiration for CPK, that's the type of pizza you'll get - more exotic or unusual toppings for the most part, and a lot 'cleaner,' for want of a better word. Not that Angelino's is greasy, it's just more NY style...

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                          maxzook RE: thursday May 5, 2010 09:14 AM

                          I would point out that Ed LaDou started Caioti *after* he wrote the CPK menu. IMHO, Caioti represents several further steps along Ed's journey towards the perfect non-traditional pizza. Certainly nothing that has ever been available at CPK compares with the pizza Rockefeller (oysters, shrimp, spinach, Gruyere, roast peppers, bread crumbs & mozzarella) or the pizzetta bianco (marrow, goat cheese & flax seeds). And the crust is a marked improvement over CPK's mass-produced product.

                          That being said, and as much of a fanatic booster of Caioti as I am, I will concede that their so-called "New York style" isn't really New York style, and is inferior to the "Old World" and "New World" pies for both crust and toppings.

                          http://www.caiotipizzacafe.com/menu.html

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                            jackattack RE: thursday May 5, 2010 06:42 PM

                            Angelino's is a best-kept secret. Please put a lid on it!

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                              carter RE: jackattack May 5, 2010 10:01 PM

                              I have some friends who would vehemently disagree with that secret.

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                                lad1818 RE: carter Jul 1, 2010 06:00 PM

                                I got love for Angelino's. Not spectacular, but pretty decent attempt at NY pizza.

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                            GK in SO RE: howefortunate May 5, 2010 06:38 PM

                            We like Lido Pizza (just north of Sherman Oaks...in Van Nuys, on Victory just east of Sepulveda). Nothing fancy, just plain old good pizza. Delicious, perfectly cooked medium-thick crust, flavorful sauce, real mozzarella cheese, and generous on the toppings. Been there for like 45 years or so, so they must be doing something right...however, I never see any love on these boards for Lido.

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                            Lido Pizza
                            15232 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

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                              Hypnotic23 RE: GK in SO May 6, 2010 08:20 AM

                              Lido's is aka "Chi Chi's" Pizza the chain which is terrible, this just happens to be the original location so they kept the name Lid's

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                                GK in SO RE: Hypnotic23 May 6, 2010 09:45 AM

                                I know about the Chi Chi's relationship, but have you actually tried Lido? It's like night and day to me. Lido's is consistently very, very good. Even though I grew up in Northridge, and there was a Chi Chi's on Reseda Blvd., I never did try it but heard it wasn't so good.

                            2. mucho gordo RE: howefortunate Jul 1, 2010 12:05 PM

                              Nobody has mentioned Miceli's PIzza. Are they THAT bad???

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                                Servorg RE: mucho gordo Jul 1, 2010 12:20 PM

                                Pretty awful. Went with my family for a birthday celebration for my great Niece and I decided to order pizza. Soggy crust and pretty sad quality toppings. Just nothing I would ever order again or recommend to anyone.

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                                  mucho gordo RE: Servorg Jul 1, 2010 01:17 PM

                                  Thanks for the report, Servorg. I haven't been there in years and wanted to try their clam/garlic pizza. I'll try to find that elsewhere now.

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                                    Norm Man RE: mucho gordo Jul 10, 2010 11:59 AM

                                    mucho gordo, if you were referring to a New Haven-style Clam/Garlic Pizza, where you find it in Los Angeles? Nicky D's in Silverlake?

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                                      mucho gordo RE: Norm Man Mar 4, 2011 12:04 PM

                                      That's exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks, Norm. BTW, have you tried it?

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                                Jerome RE: howefortunate Jul 1, 2010 05:40 PM

                                in the area - pitfire is one school. I like Robano's on Riverside in toluca lake. (my fave tends toward antica vera near themarina) but this is a different style.

                                Give it a shot.
                                Robano's Italian Pizza Kitchen - 10057 Riverside Dr 91602

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                                Pizza Kitchen
                                1633 Potrero Grande Dr, Rosemead, CA 91770

                                Robanos
                                10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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                                  Theo RE: howefortunate Jul 3, 2010 05:04 PM

                                  I have recently become a fan of Little Toni's Pizza. Great flavor and the cheese texture is just great as it cools slightly. Plus - they will pre-cook the pepperoni and bacon (just ask) so it comes out good and crispy.

                                  I second Caoti and even Vitello's. Joe Peeps is ultimately more schtick than anything else and

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                                  Little Toni's
                                  4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                                  Vitello's Restaurant
                                  4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

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                                    Jerome RE: Theo Jul 3, 2010 05:55 PM

                                    i never got accustomed to Little toni's crust. But i liked it when i was in high school back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

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                                    loreeLB RE: howefortunate Jul 6, 2010 06:05 PM

                                    Barone's on oxnard/woodman, this is my FAVORITE place, the best pizza!!!

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                                      Dogbite Williams RE: loreeLB Jul 6, 2010 06:34 PM

                                      I only ate at Barone's once. The sausage and peppers sandwich was pretty mediocre, certainly not enticing enough to warrant another visit.

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                                        justanotherpenguin RE: Dogbite Williams Nov 5, 2010 10:23 AM

                                        i've been eating at barone's since the mid 70's and it is still a favorite, but it is not trendy. their antipasto is also very good.

                                    2. 420 Reasons to eat RE: howefortunate Jul 8, 2010 07:19 PM

                                      Some really good pizza's listed here.

                                      My Favorite pizzas in the Sherman Oaks area:

                                      Lido Pizza (http://www.chichispizza.com/locations...) on Victory just east of Sepulveda. No Delivery. 101-405 will make it a breeze and just pull into the parking lot and they will bring your order out. This is an old school Italian place that always seems to be busy. This is currently my Favorite Pizza in the valley. Don't be fooled by the Chi Chi's Pizza website.

                                      I also really like Barone's (http://www.baronesfamousitalian.com/) on Oxnard just west of Woodman. No Delivery. Just tell the valet your picking up and your to go. Another old school Italian place.

                                      And if it needs to be delivery I go Joe Peeps (http://joepeeps.com/) on Magnolia and Magnolia next to the Post Office. Go with the Blue Collar for thin crust, if you like thick crust and want more then one topping remember to order 1/2 portion toppings.

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                                      Lido Pizza
                                      15232 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

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                                        CynGriff RE: 420 Reasons to eat Jul 8, 2010 08:27 PM

                                        I agree with 420 regarding Barone's...It's a specific pizza but it's really yummy - especially their mushroom (cooked in wine) and pepperoni (thick cut). We also get Mulberry St. and Slices (on Ventura near Sepulveda - they deliver)...Both are good NY style thin, chewy crust with decent sauce, cheese and both do a good sausage and really good plain cheese!

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                                          howard81 RE: CynGriff Jul 9, 2010 06:18 PM

                                          I second (third?) Mulberry St. Pizza. This ex-New Yorker loves their cheese-only thin crust slice. Never tasted the rest, but I go back often for that slice of heaven!

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                                            Hypnotic23 RE: howard81 Jul 10, 2010 08:44 AM

                                            My current top 2 pizza spots for these areas are:

                                            -Santino's Pizza (for the square pizza)
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                                            -Spumoni for Pizza, dine in only, taste is like night & day when that fresh

                                            On my list to try is that potatoe pizza at 8 1/12 Tavern, has anybody tried that yet, if so would love to hear a response?

                                            Thanks,

                                            Stuart

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                                            Jwsel RE: CynGriff Nov 4, 2010 10:15 AM

                                            Ironically, Slices has closed and there is a sign on the storefront saying that it will soon be a Mulberry St. I do find it odd that Mulberry would keep branches in both Encino and Sherman Oaks. The Sherman Oaks location looks like it would probably get more foot traffic, so I wonder if they intend to keep the Encino location open.

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                                              carter RE: Jwsel Nov 4, 2010 10:53 AM

                                              Good question, although no one working near Ventura & Sepulveda, nor anyone living east of the 405 would probably think or desire to go to that Encino location, meaning 3 blocks or so west of Balboa. Just too many obstacles for pizza, even Mulberry's version.

                                        2. bodie RE: howefortunate Jul 10, 2010 02:52 PM

                                          While it is not in the exact area specified by the original poster, Dino's is relatively close and definitely excellent. I think it worth the drive from Studio City/Sherman Oaks.

                                          Dino's uses high quality ingredients, has excellent salads and allows you to choose among a few styles of crust thickness and old-school or new-school toppings.

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                                          Dino's Pizza
                                          3520 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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                                            Hypnotic23 RE: bodie Jul 27, 2010 07:03 PM

                                            In last weeks coupon mailer was a pizza spot I'm not familiar with at all. The photos on the coupon and on the online menu look very tasty. Can anybody share any feedback on this place:

                                            Leaning Tower Pizza
                                            818/986-9701

                                            Thank you,

                                            Stuart

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                                            Elizasmash RE: howefortunate Nov 4, 2010 08:46 AM

                                            I agree with Hypnotic 23 about The Leaning Tower of pizza. I ordered their Texas Buffalo style pizza and it was so spices we could not even eat. The pizza did not look anything like the photos on Yelp.

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                                              Steve2 in LA RE: Elizasmash Dec 5, 2010 06:45 PM

                                              We've ordered twice now from Leaning Tower and after trying most of the aforementioned places, feel like we've finally found a "go-to" pizza joint.

                                              The order a few weeks back, looked exactly like the picture on their brochure, in fact that's WHY we tried it. Really tasty pizza, excellent crust, generous toppings. I thought it was a little on the expensive side and instead of fresh jalapenos, they used pickled. Nevertheless, this second 'za was outstanding so, that's two in a row which works for me.

                                              We'll definitely be ordering again.

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                                                Servorg RE: Steve2 in LA Dec 5, 2010 07:30 PM

                                                http://www.leaningtowerla.com/

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                                                  Servorg RE: Servorg Dec 7, 2010 11:11 AM

                                                  I went ahead and created a Place Link http://www.chow.com/restaurants/92026... in the Chowhound database for Leaning Tower. So next time someone searches it will (hopefully!) pop up.

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                                                    Servorg RE: Servorg Apr 11, 2011 06:02 PM

                                                    Place Link for Leaning Tower

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                                                    Leaning Tower Pizza
                                                    14120 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                                              annj RE: howefortunate Nov 5, 2010 09:46 AM

                                              I am also from NYC and I gave up eating pizza on the west coast until a friend sent me to Mulberry pizza on Ventura near Balboa.....wow ,It is as good as any pizza in Brooklyn, and thats a mouthful !!

                                              1. terramassu RE: howefortunate Nov 5, 2010 10:01 AM

                                                Although a bit farther,

                                                NY Style Pizza in Canoga Park/ Woodland Hills -
                                                Red Balls Pizza
                                                6551 Topanga Canyon Blvd
                                                Woodland Hills, CA 91303
                                                (818) 348-1524

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                                                Canoga Cafe
                                                6200 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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                                                  loreeLB RE: howefortunate Dec 7, 2010 10:55 AM

                                                  Barone's on Woodman & Oxnard, fantastic! just the regular pepperoni is fantastic! their barone's salad is really good too!!! you won't be dissapointed!

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                                                    sydvischus RE: loreeLB Dec 7, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                    Stay away from Big Mama's & Papa's on Ventura @ Coldwater. Tried them the other night and the pizza was pretty below average, dense crust, not flavorful. Also ordered eggplant parmigiana with penne and I think the eggplant added up to about the size of two quarters. Maybe fifty cent coins.

                                                  2. Steve2 in LA RE: howefortunate Dec 7, 2010 03:00 PM

                                                    I'm curious, most eveyone has some kind of superlative for the pie THEY prefer but what qualities do you consider constitute an outstanding pizza?

                                                    Clearly, there are many choices out there so, to make use of these reccomendations it would be valuable to figure out why you like what. ie. Thick crust, thin crust, thick sauce, thin sauce, no sauce, kind of cheese (s), all meat, no meat, variety of ingredients, flavor combos, texture, size, price, etc.?

                                                    After living in the Valley for nearly 20 years and doing our best to try every pizza out there, we recently appointed Leaning Tower our "go-to" because it was fresh, with a thin, flavorful and chewey crust, full bodied sauce, medium cheese, singularly flavorful sausage and an overall good eat.

                                                    You?

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                                                      Jerome RE: Steve2 in LA Dec 7, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                      i like the pizza at Robano's in toluca lake but only fresh out of the oven. It's thinnish, but not crackerlike crust. the topics are tasty and it doesn't reheat or cool. well.

                                                      in the city, lately i've been enjoying olio at 3rd and crescent heights.
                                                      Robano

                                                      10057 Riverside Dr Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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                                                      10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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                                                        jackattack RE: Jerome Feb 25, 2011 05:11 PM

                                                        Serious DOWNHILL ALERT on Robano's !

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                                                        Robanos
                                                        10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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                                                          Jerome RE: jackattack Feb 25, 2011 06:14 PM

                                                          please go into some detail - haven't been back since october.

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                                                            carter RE: jackattack Feb 25, 2011 06:49 PM

                                                            Right you are:
                                                            http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...
                                                            Their liquor license has been suspended, as a result of not paying State Board of Equalization Taxes.
                                                            that signals that they have not been doing enough biz to keep the doors open.
                                                            Next....

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                                                              maxzook RE: jackattack Feb 26, 2011 02:54 PM

                                                              Robano's was/is the site of the late and totally unlamented Sebastian's, site of perhaps the most totally over-the-top episode of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares:

                                                              http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/...

                                                              After these two experiences I can't imagine anyone ever wanting to open a restaurant at that location again, ever.

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                                                                Jerome RE: maxzook Feb 26, 2011 05:30 PM

                                                                too bad. it's a pretty location with a courtyard. great for teh summer.
                                                                i'd love to see a place that serves a wide variety of turkish meze and zeytinyaglar. perfect for the summer. Even for autumn.

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                                                                  carter RE: Jerome Feb 26, 2011 07:41 PM

                                                                  I agree with you Jerome, the fault is not specifically the location, but the lack of expertise from the operators, and would love to see Turkish meze, among many other foods Turkish.
                                                                  but, seems all anyone wants to eat in southern california is Italian - who cares!

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                                                          WendyE RE: howefortunate Jan 4, 2011 09:48 PM

                                                          We ate at Caioti Pizza on Sunday -- god, what a disappointment. I use to go there all the time and it was really wonderful. But the porcini pizza we had on Sunday was absolutely disgusting. The Antiqua was almost as bad. Has anyone noticed that the quality has gone down? I heard that the owner recently passed away -- maybe this has something to do with it . . .

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                                                          Caioti Pizza Cafe
                                                          4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

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                                                            maxzook RE: WendyE Jan 4, 2011 10:15 PM

                                                            I don’t get out to Caioti as much as I used to, but I haven’t noticed any significant decline since Ed Ladou passed away in December 2007.

                                                            I’m much less of a fan of their so-called “New York” pizzas, but mostly because I think that style is done better elsewhere, whereas the Old World and New World pizza menus are totally unique.

                                                            Can you be specific about what you found “disgusting”? Were the pizzas under or over baked, or were the toppings not up to snuff?

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                                                              WendyE RE: maxzook Jan 6, 2011 08:15 PM

                                                              Sorry I didn't respond before. How do you get notified that you have replies?

                                                              Anyway, the porcini pizza didn't actually have porcini -- it was like a runny, diarrhea mushroom sauce with absolutely no flavor, and some little, old, dried up pieces of green on top. We sent it back. We then ordered the Antiqua. Nice crust completely drowning in a sickeningly sweet balsamic reduction. Horrifying.

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                                                              cdub RE: WendyE Jan 5, 2011 07:40 AM

                                                              i had never been that impressed with caioti. i always thought it was a personal thing.

                                                              a much better pizza in the area is to be had a taverna 8 1/2. it's basically around the corner from caioti on moorpark. i've only been once but the pizza really stuck out. not mozza good but considerably better than caioti imo.

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                                                                Servorg RE: cdub Jan 5, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                I always thought Caioti lost its mojo when it moved out of the Canyon.

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                                                                  carter RE: cdub Jan 5, 2011 08:40 AM

                                                                  I went to 8.5 taverna a couple of weeks ago, and ate one bite of their pizza, and agreed with companion who said it was the worst pizza he had ever eaten, giving all the usual chains much higher marks. It was the porketta version(their spelling, btw), and I have no idea whether that is one of their specialties, but it was anything but special. The rest went in the trash!
                                                                  Nothing else on the menu that we tasted was any better, btw.

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                                                                    cdub RE: carter Jan 5, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                    sorry to hear that. went once a few weeks ago as well and had a much better opinion of it. had the margherita and thought it was miles better than caioti, danielle's, or any other place in the area. not to say it's spectacular but better than most especially in the neighborhood.

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                                                                      Jerry P. Santa Monica RE: cdub Jan 5, 2011 03:57 PM

                                                                      Napoli Kitchen on Burbank near Kester in Van Nuys is really good. Not ny style, but fresh tasting and good. The other one is Massarino's on Riverside, in Sherman Oaks.

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                                                                jackattack RE: howefortunate Feb 25, 2011 05:10 PM

                                                                What? No love for Danielle's Pizza on Laurel Canyon?

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                                                                  thursday RE: jackattack Feb 27, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                  Love right here. Really really excellent, and I love any good place that sells by the slice to boot...

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                                                                  FMWarner RE: howefortunate Mar 1, 2011 05:11 PM

                                                                  I live near Sepulveda and Ventura, and my favorite pizza in the area is Mulberry Street, hands down. I've been to the Encino branch, haven't tried the new Sherman Oaks one.

                                                                  I also like D'Amore's and Lido (although the best thing about Lido is the marinara they use in their pasta dishes. It's amazing). But Mulberry is the best.

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                                                                    sydvischus RE: FMWarner Mar 3, 2011 08:39 AM

                                                                    Husband and I decided to do a taste test last wknd - ordered from both Mulberry St. Sherman Oaks AND Barone's. Both were underwhelming, unfortunately. Mulberry St. pizza crust was much too thin for not being a blistered brick/wood oven pizza but I appreciated the cheese/sauce ratio. Barone's was cardboard-like and oily (not like good olive oil but more like kitchen grease). I will try give both the benefit of the doubt since they had to survive the pickup and drive time and assume they may be better when consumed on the premises. BTW, I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and then lived in Manhattan for 15 years, so I know what decent pizza is like! We shall continue the search for the best pizza in the Valley (Danielle's might be next!)

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                                                                      mucho gordo RE: sydvischus Mar 3, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                                      What's your opinion on Miceli's and Joe Peep's

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                                                                        sydvischus RE: mucho gordo Mar 3, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                                        Haven't tried either yet - and I see Joe Peep's gets mixed reviews. I did really like Vito's in West Hollywood (when I lived in that 'hood) but not worth the drive over the hill now that we've relocated... You like Miceli's?

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                                                                          mucho gordo RE: sydvischus Mar 3, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                                          Haven't been there in years but I'm looking forward to trying their clam and garlic pizza very soon. It's the only place I've found that makes it.

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                                                                        reality check RE: sydvischus Mar 3, 2011 08:57 AM

                                                                        I agree about Mulberry St., been to their Beverly Hills location and was greatly underwhelmed. There are two Barone's, one in Valley Village, the other Woodland Hills- which is more of an take out business.

                                                                        The Joe Peeps in North Hollywood was a huge disappointment. The blue collar pizza was awful,- soggy crust, sour sauce, and the cheese had a weird taste to it., and while I ordered it by the slice, I've had been slices at that pizza place in the malls. I normally like to order freshly baked pies. It's surprising because I love the Joe Peeps in Whitter.

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                                                                          rad212 RE: sydvischus Mar 4, 2011 12:50 PM

                                                                          I also grew up in Queens and there were so many good pizza places, it was hard to find a bad one back in the 70-80's. Let us know when you find a good one in the Valley.

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                                                                        pizzafreak RE: howefortunate Mar 3, 2011 10:32 AM

                                                                        Great - Adjective - of an extent , amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average.

                                                                        People on this board are very familiar with my disdain for all slice joints. To answer your question as pertains to SO/SC, there aren't any. When I want a pizza I get into my car, drive south on the 101 to Melrose and Highland, a 20 minute trip in off peak hours, and enjoy the wonderful pies at Pizzeria Mozza.

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                                                                          reality check RE: pizzafreak Mar 3, 2011 01:41 PM

                                                                          But, where are you getting great pizza? Pizzeria Mozza is only good, not great and not worth the drive for me.

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                                                                            pizzafreak RE: reality check Mar 3, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                            The original question was not whether you or I think PM is great, but are there any great pizzerias in the SO/SC area? Either you agree with my answer that there are none, or, name your great place(s) in SO/SC

                                                                            As to PM's greatness, I am not the only one who thinks so. Here is the review of PM printed in SLICE.

                                                                            http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

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                                                                              reality check RE: pizzafreak Mar 4, 2011 02:45 PM

                                                                              Whatever the original was, I turned it to my opinion of PM. Whether you agree with it or not, isn't the point. And I can link other reviews that do not like PM.

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                                                                                pizzafreak RE: reality check Mar 5, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                                                Fair enough. To answer your question, when I want really great pizza, I hop on Southwest Airlines, go to Phoenix, and stand in line waiting for Pizzeria Bianco to open. I had an epiphanic experience my one and only time there, when I had their Margherita. Further, IMO, the fennel sausage pie at PM is the best I have ever tasted, and that's what I have when I go there.

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                                                                              rad212 RE: reality check Mar 4, 2011 12:47 PM

                                                                              I agree, there is so much hype about Pizzeria Mozza. If you like a room full of crammed in people with lots of noise and decent pizza, I guess it's okay. We won't be returning.

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                                                                            BSW6490 RE: howefortunate Mar 3, 2011 10:51 AM

                                                                            The best Pizza in Los Angeles is at Barone's. Has been for years. Oxnard near Woodman. 818 782-6004.

                                                                            1. Phurstluv RE: howefortunate Apr 10, 2011 06:36 PM

                                                                              Has anyone tried the new place opening in Sherman Oaks? I can't recall the name exactly, Oak Fire something like that.

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                                                                                sydvischus RE: Phurstluv Apr 11, 2011 10:06 AM

                                                                                Haven't tried that but have been to the one on La Cienega in West Hollywood. They're actually very good, just not the "NY style" pizza I'm looking for. Will try Leaning Tower soon!

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                                                                                  reality check RE: Phurstluv Apr 11, 2011 04:22 PM

                                                                                  Their website says Sherman Oaks is "coming soon" and it was suppose to open in Fall of 2009.

                                                                                  http://www.oakfirepizza.com/i0709.html

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                                                                                    Phurstluv RE: reality check Apr 11, 2011 05:55 PM

                                                                                    Yes, the usual delays, but I think they were supposed to open for real this week.

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                                                                                      carter RE: Phurstluv Apr 11, 2011 08:12 PM

                                                                                      Oak Fire opened last week.

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                                                                                        reality check RE: carter Apr 11, 2011 11:18 PM

                                                                                        If they are indeed open now, looks like the webmaster is asleep.

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                                                                                    jsaras RE: Phurstluv Apr 18, 2011 08:26 PM

                                                                                    We went to Oak Fire Pizzeria & Pub for dinner today. The thin crust pizza is amazing.The crust was similar to the pizza's at Sharkey's Mexican Restaurant, but not a tortilla. It has a buttery flavor to it. The rest of the ingredients were fresh and top notch in every respect. This pizza is definitely as good as (though quite different) as ANY place you care to mention here in SoCal. The chopped Italian salad was likewise incredible.

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                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: jsaras Apr 22, 2011 05:48 PM

                                                                                      Great, thanks for the info, I'll try to check them out!

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                                                                                        sydvischus RE: Phurstluv Dec 4, 2011 05:35 PM

                                                                                        Oakfire pizza actually is really delicious, just more California style than NY, which is what I'm on the search for. Plus they have a great LATE happy hour if you have evening cravings - pepperoni pizza for $5! BTW, the one on La Cienega has CLOSED!

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                                                                                    fullmix RE: howefortunate Apr 10, 2011 08:59 PM

                                                                                    Best crust hands down, is 8 1/2 Taverna. You can't compare Joe Peeps to Caioti to Pitfire to Vitello's. Apples and oranges. But I will tell you that the crust at 8 1/2 is a work of art. It's one of those thin (but not so thin) floury, artisan crusts that just feels hand made, and straight from Italy. I think Terroni is a close second. Specifically, I'd recommend the spicy salami pizza and a glass of the Malbec.

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                                                                                      carter RE: fullmix Apr 11, 2011 03:04 PM

                                                                                      Worst pizza evah at 8.5 taverna - truly trash can worthy. Three of us ordered a total of 2 slices to be shared, and one bite was all it took to be relegated to the trash can.

                                                                                      How this place stays open with this bad food amazes me.
                                                                                      And the salami pizza was one of the two, and I had a glass of that Malbec, which was also one of the worst Malbecs I have ever consumed.
                                                                                      However, the alcohol did make for eliminating the taste of the pizza from my mouth.

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                                                                                        Maxmillion RE: carter Apr 22, 2011 05:29 PM

                                                                                        ^ I second that. Crappy pizza at 8 1/2.

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                                                                                          beignet RE: carter Aug 10, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                          RIP 81/2. It mercifully closed its doors last month.
                                                                                          The bad news - Little Dom's was supposed to open later this year in the same neighborhood, but the perenially bland Vitello's led the charge against any competition. I'm told that the owner of Vitello's is a realtor with ties to the zoning board.

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                                                                                            carter RE: beignet Aug 10, 2011 11:57 AM

                                                                                            I have tried to encourage Little Dom's to take over the 81/2 space, as all the licenses are in place and ready to remodel and open the doors!

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                                                                                              beignet RE: carter Aug 10, 2011 03:52 PM

                                                                                              I hear that the owner says that 8 1/2 is too small a space, and is only licensed for beer and wine. So he would have had to go through the whole process again to obtain a full bar license, and face the same opposition from Vitello's.

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                                                                                                carter RE: beignet Aug 12, 2011 11:34 AM

                                                                                                Yes, Matt Epstein is the owner of Vitello's, and would likely appeal any upgrade of the license to a full 47, yet cannot do anything about the existing beer & wine license.
                                                                                                But he also bought the property with a realtor perspective, as in, one day, Vitello's will be demolished and redeveloped into something larger and grander, and Vitello's will still exist in an express format at Woodman & Ventura, the property under which he also owns.

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                                                                                        BSW6490 RE: howefortunate Apr 11, 2011 01:21 PM

                                                                                        BARONIS

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                                                                                          reality check RE: BSW6490 Apr 11, 2011 04:23 PM

                                                                                          Do you mean Barone's in Van Nuys?

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                                                                                            sydvischus RE: BSW6490 Dec 4, 2011 05:34 PM

                                                                                            Nope. Unless you want a square pie, thick dense crust. I think people love Barone's because of their thick-sliced pepperoni, but other than that, pretty greasy.

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                                                                                            apple7blue RE: howefortunate Apr 12, 2011 08:02 AM

                                                                                            So many places to check out, too bad I hardly ever drive over the hills to the other side of LA. I'll make my way to Glendale, Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, but everything on the other side of ridge is like different country for me nowadays. It seems like there is also a comparative rarity of choices. Still places to check out though.

                                                                                            1. Hypnotic23 RE: howefortunate Aug 10, 2011 08:28 AM

                                                                                              I've been on a quest for good Pizza in these areas for year. I've been able to narrow it down to only 3

                                                                                              -Lido's Pizza (Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys)
                                                                                              -Littly Tony's (Studio City/North Hollywood)
                                                                                              -Quickies (Studio City)

                                                                                              Hope this helps,

                                                                                              Stuart

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                                                                                                carter RE: Hypnotic23 Aug 10, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                                                                Have you tried the ones at Oakfire in Sherman Oaks?
                                                                                                Not bad, very thin crust if preferred, and a wide variety of toppings to satisfy all tastes, even mine, aka no tomato sauce.

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                                                                                                  sydvischus RE: Hypnotic23 Aug 10, 2011 09:27 AM

                                                                                                  Will give those a try next time. BTW, I tried Joe Peeps a few weeks ago - interesting concept trying to to look like a grungy graffitti-ridden NY pizzeria. Sauce and cheese were good, crust was thin but had a cardboard consistency. The search goes on...

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                                                                                                    lapizzamaven RE: sydvischus Aug 10, 2011 01:24 PM

                                                                                                    As for slices, i will say that i had a couple very good slices at the reborn Albano's on Melrose...thin crust, slightly crunch...toppings are not artisanal, farmer's market quality but good...the owner said he's planning to open again in the Valley at some point...and just read a couple people(reality check) bashing Mozza...wow, strange taste indeed..o well...

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                                                                                                    ns1 RE: Hypnotic23 Aug 10, 2011 04:13 PM

                                                                                                    lil toni's is awful. the only 1* review I've ever dropped.

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                                                                                                    olaviniao RE: howefortunate Aug 10, 2011 05:27 PM

                                                                                                    Mulberry Street Pizza on Ventura Blvd all the way. They ship the dough and sauce in from NY/NJ every day.. it's some seriously tasty pie.

                                                                                                    http://www.mulberrypizzeria.com/

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                                                                                                      carter RE: olaviniao Aug 12, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                                                      Still my favorite!

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                                                                                                        Jerome RE: olaviniao Aug 12, 2011 05:36 PM

                                                                                                        curious
                                                                                                        so the dough is either frozen or stale, and the sauce is either frozen or old. And this is the best?
                                                                                                        I thought they just had a recipe and made it here, a la cathy moriarty.

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                                                                                                          jsaras RE: olaviniao Dec 5, 2011 11:39 AM

                                                                                                          I thought that Mulberry only brought in water from NY. I bet that it's all apocryphal. It's great pizza though!

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                                                                                                            Arthur RE: olaviniao Dec 7, 2011 01:36 PM

                                                                                                            Looks like I may be the lone dissenter here, but I've never bought into any of the Mulberry Pizza ballyhoo since they opened their first shop in Beverly Hills in the early '90s. I was at their Ventura Blvd. location about two weeks ago, and the pizza, if anything, has gotten even more mediocre and flavorless. Don't believe the hype.

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                                                                                                            peggille RE: howefortunate Dec 2, 2011 06:13 AM

                                                                                                            I've tried all the different places around, and still go back to Vitellos. They'e got the traditional pizza down.

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                                                                                                              jsaras RE: peggille Dec 5, 2011 11:36 AM

                                                                                                              The appetizer pizza at Vitello's is better than their regular pizza. The crust is thin and cooked perfectly. If they were to tweak their ingredients in their crust just a tiny bit to make it more flavorful, they'd have a very special pizza.

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                                                                                                                peggille RE: jsaras Dec 5, 2011 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                I agree...margherita pizzetti is great...

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                                                                                                              lad1818 RE: howefortunate Dec 4, 2011 04:05 PM

                                                                                                              Pepe's NY Pizza is my new go-to place. Really good for this area. I'm from Queens and grew up on NY Pizza and this comes close. There's one in Studio City with impossible parking, and a new one on Ventura and Lankershim with a lot. Closer to me too, so I'm happy.

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                                                                                                                sydvischus RE: lad1818 Dec 4, 2011 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                EXCELLENT - Pepe's just had a Groupon or Living Social special that I bought because I wanted to give them a try (I'm from Queens too - now I'm excited!).

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