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Sep 19, 2010 10:15 PM

Is there any terrific pizza in OC?

I love terrific pizza...the kind I've had in New York City and in Tuscany. I have yet to find anything other than mediocre pizza in OC. Please don't send me to Pizzeria Ortica! I may be in the minority, but I personally can't stand the mushy limp and floppy center of their supposedly typical Neopolitan pizza. To me it tastes like uncooked dough or worse. Please let's not make this thread about why I don't understand their product...just help me find something that I'll like more. I generally like relatively thin crust pizza with a generous and chewy edge...and terrific traditional toppings, cheese, tomatoes, salume, sausage, greens, etc. To please me, the toppings must be outstanding and the crust slightly crispy centrally and chewy toward the periphery. Any suggestions?

Pizzeria Ortica
650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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  1. Have you tried La Rocco's Pizzeria in HB?

    Nice try, asking CH's to stay on topic. That's like asking them to stop eating!!

    1. Sounds like you would really enjoy Mozza (or Mozze, I forget). It's Mario Batali's place in LA. I don't know of any really crisp thin crust pizza in OC. If you're ever in Vegas, make sure you try Pizza Place at the Wynn. It sounds lame (most restaurants at Wynn aren't great), I know, but apparently Steve Wynn really tried to recreate a NY style pizza and it's actually the only thin crust pizza I've ever liked. It's usually too cracker-like for my taste, but that one had great flavor and texture. FYI my fave place for pizza in OC is First Class Pizza in Newport Coast (other locations blow), their crust is thick, but it's crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, I really think you should try it. But don't get fresh tomato as a topping, it makes the pizza soggy. They do have a thin crust, but I haven't tried that one. I also like the pizza at Quattro in SCP, it's a thinner style pizza.

      Pizza Place
      170 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

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      1. re: Ashleylala

        I have a First Class Pizza right by me and I'm not the biggest fan. They put a ton of cheese, sauce, and toppings on their pizza and I guess some people like that. Every time I've ordered from them, there's so much "stuff" on the pizza that I have to be careful or it slides right off the crust. Definitely fork and knife pizza. I have to admit that maybe the location by me is just terrible as I did have an awesome pizza from First Class near my friend's house and they were pretty good when they were the official pizza of Honda Center for a season. Personally, I prefer Porky's Pizza.

        Porky's Pizza
        8285 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd Ste 110, Anaheim, CA 92808

      2. Slice of New York on Main Street in Seal Beach.

        Main Street Cafe
        12939 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840

        Slice of New York
        34665 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Totally agree on Slice of New York. Hole in the wall, nyc style slice place, very good.

        2. I was going to send you to Pizza Ortica, my first visit i had 3 of 4 pies were excellent..not really floppy or limp...Pizza e Vino in Santa Margherita, similar WFO style...2 of 4 pies were excellent..the issue at both joints was an undercooked crust...the pies that were "right" wer excellent.

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            1. re: josephnl

              Sorry, wood fired give them a second chance..maybe ask the pies be well done...maybe try one w/o tomato sauce...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              i forgot the name but it's on 19th and harbor.

              1. re: kevin

                Il Dolce.. Very good. I'm suprised no one has mentioned it yet. It got a lot of good buzz here when it first opened earlier this year.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Sonny's pizza is very thin and really crispy, which is why I don't like it butthe OP just might. Right down the street is my new favorite - LaRocco's (related to the HB one somehow but not the same. They make only large size pies and around around $16 -$20. Toppings are mostly cheeses and they have anchovies, artichoke hearts, black olives, garlic, green peppers,jalapenos, meatball, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni, pesto,roasted red peppers, sausage, spinach, tomatoes. Thin crust, narrow but chewy edge.