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lapizzamaven Feb 18, 2011 11:00 PM

Just returned from not only one of the best pizza experiences I've ever had here in LA, it was the best deal. You cant see it from the street but just off Main St(3110) in Santa Monica is 31Ten, a new restaurant that happens to feature a wood burning oven and a passionate and talented pizzaiolo at the helm. Everyday at Happy Hour 31Ten features expertly crafted pies at a mere pittance, between $6 and $8 per pie. Thats $6 for a regular sized(14 inch?) pie! I had a Diavolo pie which means mozzarella, roasted peppers and a "kind of hybrid pepperoni." It was nearly indescribably delicious. They dont use imported Caputo flour but the crust exhibited a similar soft chewiness. The toppings simply melded into delirious bite after bite. Cant wait to go back! woo,hoo!!!!!

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  1. TonyC RE: lapizzamaven Oct 14, 2011 09:52 AM

    Update on the 31TEN pizza?

    The pizzaiolo has long departed, but the HH is still there, and no one seems to care.

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    1. re: TonyC
      westsidegal RE: TonyC Oct 14, 2011 10:41 AM

      the question now, is "How does the pizza compare to Stella Rossa?"

      1. re: westsidegal
        echoparkdirt RE: westsidegal Oct 14, 2011 10:59 AM

        are they still doing happy hour and what times?

        1. re: echoparkdirt
          Servorg RE: echoparkdirt Oct 14, 2011 11:06 AM

          Web site has the complete Happy Hour info (see place link)

          31 Ten
          3110 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        2. re: westsidegal
          TonyC RE: westsidegal Oct 14, 2011 11:31 AM

          lolz. While I love Mahin + Stella Rossa, 31Ten's happy hour margherita is only $7...

          1. re: westsidegal
            lapizzamaven RE: westsidegal Oct 14, 2011 01:20 PM

            I would say that after Noel, the original pizzaiolo at 31Ten, left, the pizza quality dropped considerably...also, was/is much different crust, more Neapolitan style i.e. softer than the Stella Rossa crust which i prefer, though i love Napolitana pizza. Would not go to 31Ten just to save a buck or two on the pie.

            1. re: lapizzamaven
              westsidegal RE: lapizzamaven Oct 14, 2011 01:27 PM

              thank you so much for the info.
              since part of my calculation re: food is the calorie/pleasure ratio, i will definitely be sticking to Stella Rossa. i want to maximize the pleasure i get from every calorie i consume... . .

              1. re: lapizzamaven
                Peripatetic RE: lapizzamaven Oct 14, 2011 01:30 PM

                Thanks for the update lapizzamaven. Do you know whether Noel is making pizza somewhere else?

                1. re: Peripatetic
                  lapizzamaven RE: Peripatetic Oct 14, 2011 01:58 PM

                  Westsidegal, hear ya about the calorie consideration...why waste 'em on less than fully satisfying culinary indulgence!...my opinion anyway...Peripatetic, last time i spoke to him he was looking for a space. Would definitely be a strong addition to the local pizza scene.

                  1. re: lapizzamaven
                    Peripatetic RE: lapizzamaven Oct 14, 2011 03:02 PM


                  2. re: Peripatetic
                    TonyC RE: Peripatetic Oct 14, 2011 04:20 PM

                    per this Eater piece, Mr. Brohner is going to Areal?


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