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  • cfam4 Nov 14, 2010 07:43 PM
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I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get the BEST pizza in Southern California? I live in the geater Los Angeles area, and I have yet to find a good pizza.

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  1. Please be a bit more specific. New York style? Chicago-style deep dish? Roman/Italian-style? Sicilian? Fusion-style? Chain-Delivery? Here are my picks:

    NYC: Joe's of Bleecker Street
    Chicago: Masa
    Italian: Cafe Angelino
    Sicilian: Again, Joe's of Bleecker Street
    Fusion: no recommendation (CPK?)
    Chain-Delivery: Anything but Domino's

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    Cafe Angelino
    8735 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    7 Replies
    1. re: J.L.

      Wow, I really didn't realize there were so many different types. Thanks for your recommendations, I appreciate it.

      1. re: J.L.

        My picks

        NYC: Tomato Pie
        Chicago: Tony's in Placentia
        Sicilian: Tomato Pie
        Upscale/pretentious: Mozza
        Delivery: Tomato Pie
        Overall: Zelo

        1. re: sushigirlie

          tomato pie grandma > *

          (I have not yet been to Mozza)

        2. re: J.L.

          Masa really is nothing like a deep dish or stuffed Chicago style pizza. Vito's does a great N.Y. Pie. Petrillo's is good thick crust and they make a great thin crust if you ask. Casa Bianca is what a Chicago thin crust pizza is like. Zelo's does a great fusion pizza. Antica does a great Neopolitan pie.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            "Masa really is nothing like a deep dish or stuffed Chicago style pizza."

            If you compare photos of a deep dish from Masa's as seen here:

            http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=h...

            vs a Lou Malnati deep dish pie here:

            http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=h...

            It's hard to say why you think that the Masa pizza is not a legit version of a Chicago style deep dish pie? I mean, yeah it's got a cornmeal crust. But that's about the only difference as far as I know of.

            1. re: Servorg

              Does the Masa pie have cheese on the bottom, then meat, then sauce topped with parmesan?

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              Masa Restaurant
              2063 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

              1. re: Servorg

                To be fair, I just looked at the picture and that pic looks nothing like the pie I had when they first opened, it does look a little more like a Chicago pie these days. I will have to stop in and try it again.

          2. Here's a similar thread that was started long ago, but remains current:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/57860 | Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

            1. Antica Pizzeria in MDR is definitely the best in the area...Neapolitan style. Joe's and Vito's for NY style,both are somewhat inconsistent...and Mozza for the most flavorful pizza in a Cal/artisanal style...One of these should satisfy you!

              1. Look at this site: http://losangelespizza.blogspot.com/

                It's my go-to when I want to figure out if a new place is worth checking out.

                1. My two favorite pizzas in the area are the corn&sausage pie at Zelo, and the Croatian pizza at Pavich's (the original take-out location; just drive a few blocks south and eat it by the lighthouse at Pt. Fermin park).

                  Of course, these are about as different as two pizzas can be (unless you count the sweet-potato-mousse wackiness in K-town) and on the opposite ends of the LA metro area... so you can see why it's impossible to reach any consensus on the "best pizza" question.