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Real Calzones

Hungry All the Time Jan 25, 2006 03:48 PM

Looking for a place that serves real Calzones made with ricotta cheese. An eastcoast friend was complaining that he has only found restuarants in the West L.A. area that uses Mozzerella cheese so I'd like to surprise him. I'm not really into Calzones so I don't really know what cheese is considered authentic, but any info would be much appreciated!

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    TOgirl Jan 25, 2006 05:00 PM

    Don't know what is considered authentic...

    Pasta Factory in MDR has a baked one that seems to be pretty good. They don't have a website, but have menu and delivery service through We Deliver 2 LA. Their menu lists the calzone with moz cheese but they might consider making it with ricotta instead.

    Link: http://www.wedeliver2la.com/pastafact...

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      DanaB Jan 25, 2006 05:38 PM

      Farfalla Trattoria on Hillhurst in Los Feliz makes really good calzones. I checked their menu on the website and they have one with ricotta and mozzarella. See link below.

      Link: http://www.trattoriafarfalla.com/

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        Foodie Jan 25, 2006 05:44 PM

        It is a local chain, but Maria's Italian Kitchen has calzones with ricotta. My boyfriend seems to love them.

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          ilovefood Jan 25, 2006 11:25 PM

          i know exactly what you mean!! it tastes like a cheesecake almost it's so good. i was on a hunt too right after i ate one in n.y. the closest i've come to is damiano's (mr. pizza) on fairfax..north of beverly. must try!!! please report back. there may be better ones out there so let me know!

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          1. re: ilovefood
            SaltCod Jan 17, 2010 04:01 PM

            Second Damiano's. It's loaded with both Ricotta and Mozzarella and you can get any of about thirty ingredients in it too. The calzone and the steamed clams are my two favorite things on the menu there.

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            ilovefood Jan 26, 2006 12:10 AM

            i know exactly what you mean!! it tastes like a cheesecake almost it's so good. i was on a hunt too right after i ate one in n.y. the closest i've come to is damiano's (mr. pizza) on fairfax..north of beverly. must try!!! please report back. there may be better ones out there so let me know!

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              KBW Jan 26, 2006 12:02 PM

              North End Pizzeria has a pretty tasty one.They have 2 westside locations. One in Beverly Hills and one in West LA.
              I miss the East Coast version as well. Actually used to live near an all calzone restaurant and it was great!

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                punodostres Jan 17, 2010 03:36 PM

                Calzones here are pretty great. They serve the marinara on the side and can put whatever you want in the calzone. I asked for a Veggie Calzone with Meatballs. Heh. The meatballs were alright but whatevs. The bread is delicious as well!

                Brunello Trattoria
                6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                1. Foodandwine Jan 17, 2010 04:22 PM

                  Valentinos in Manhattan Beach makes a respectable Calzone with ricotta, in fact its very good and enormous..

                  Valentino's Pizza
                  975 N Aviation Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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                    winstars Jan 18, 2010 10:37 PM

                    Sorry to disagree, maybe I caught them on a bad night but Valentino's Calzone's were NOT good. Looked good, but when cut open all the very thin hot ricotta and mooz ran out like a mudslide down a street... This is not supposed to happen. Maybe in NYC where I am from I missed the part about letting the Calzone rest like meat or something. Their pizza is not terrible but I prefer Paisanos down in Hermosa Beach...

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                      Foodandwine Jan 19, 2010 12:20 PM

                      Hi winstars, thanks for your report. I had mine delivered and perhaps had the curing time yours did not. I too agree about Paisanos in Hermosa, wins in the Pizza Dept Hands down..

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                        winstars Jan 19, 2010 10:31 PM

                        Mine were delivered also. I am not sure what made them 'bleed out' but they surely did. I was gonna try making my own with some of that Angelo and Franco's mooz and ricotta but my current diet says a BIG NO!!!! It might be the ricotta was thin or maybe overcooked. Is it possible that someone here has a clue????

                  2. Emme Jan 17, 2010 07:58 PM

                    again, not sure on authenticity, but they definitely use ricotta and mozzarella at Fabrocini's in Beverly Glen Circle just south of Mulholland.

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                      Jerome Jan 18, 2010 08:18 PM

                      i'd check with antica vera pizzeria in marina del rey. call them and see if they have them.
                      also call believe it or not carniceria argentina on victory in teh valley. they 're italians from argentina and have fuzggaza, calzone, and pizze. I'd call to check on it

                      what i've had was pretty good.

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                        Burger Boy Jan 18, 2010 09:20 PM

                        Check with Vito's on LaCienega, they are from Jersey. Nicky D's would be my second guess, I think he is from the East Coast also.

                        Vito's Pizza
                        846 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                        Nicky D's Wood-Fired Pizza
                        2764 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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                        1. re: Burger Boy
                          Thi N. Jan 19, 2010 08:44 AM

                          Vito's makes the best calzone I've ever had in my life. There is certainly ricotta in it. Also, fresh made meatballs.

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                            Obessed Jan 19, 2010 08:59 AM

                            Ditto on the Vito's reco! They are awesome - but beware when they are really busy they won't make them :-(

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                              Burger Boy Jan 19, 2010 09:24 AM

                              They are the BEST, I sure miss not having them back on Vermont Ave., now I have to travel to LaCienega.

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                                SouthernFoodie08 Jan 19, 2010 04:52 PM

                                I am the fourth in support of Vito's. I like to ask for extra sauce!

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                                  tablefor1 Jan 20, 2010 03:39 PM

                                  just had vito's calzone and a meatball sandwich last night. i used to only order their pizza. turns out, they do a lot of things really well!

                              2. re: Thi N.
                                foodcorejunior Jan 20, 2010 11:46 AM

                                Vito's is the place you're looking for! They have the most authentic New York/ New Jersey pizza & calzones in Los Angeles. The calzones are $12 (i'm pretty sure anyway) and they do it the same as I would get back home. I'm not able to agree with the Nicky D's rec or any of these others, and I've had them all... Vito's is and will continue to be the ONLY place who is delivering on what all these other places are attempting to provide, a real east coast pizza/calzone experience. Oh, and I agree with SouthernFoodie08, who recommended asking for extra sauce.... good call. It's a must for a calzone!!!

                                [I would qualify my opinion by telling you how I was born in Brooklyn, and lived in Jersey & Manhattan most of my life, but I've noticed a lot of people who claim similar backgrounds still settle on some horrible italian food once moving to the west coast.

                                Since I live across town from Vito's, I have literally started to make my own pizzas from scratch at home, as none of these other places comes close.]

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                                  winstars Jan 20, 2010 10:44 PM

                                  I am working over that side of town next week and I am there!!!!

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                              Lmo1823 Jan 23, 2010 08:39 PM

                              Wow I love calzones. Rocco's was surprisingly good, but the Los Feliz location closed a while ago.

                              Delmonico's calzone is excellent, cheap and GIGANTIC.

                              Two Boots has cornmeal on it, which just isn't right to me. Tomato Pie in Silverlake was good, but came with red sauce IN the calzone. Next time I'll ask for it only on the side.

                              I just ordered one from Farfalla Trattoria on Hillhurst-- here's hoping it's delicious.

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                                Lmo1823 Jan 23, 2010 08:54 PM

                                Just got my spinach and ricotta calzone from Farfalla and it is quite good!

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                                  Burger Boy Jan 24, 2010 03:20 PM

                                  Where is Delmonico's?

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