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Jun 5, 2011 11:41 AM

ISO East Coast Style Pizza in La Jolla or nearby

I've got some non-Chowhound friends who are moving from Boston to La Jolla, and they were complaining that in the month or so that they've spent there, they haven't found any good, medium-priced, non-gourmet, pizza for take out or delivery. If you know the Boston area, their favorites are Bertucci's and Papa Ginos, so I assume they're looking for something better than Dominos or Pizza Hut, but not that much.

Any suggestions?


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  1. They're probably used to Regina's in the Northend or Santarpio's in Eastie, far better than Bertucci's or Papa Gino's which I liken to Domino's, total cardboard. Unfortunately, za in SD is weak.

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    1. re: cstr

      I actually discussed exactly this with them yesterday. Believe it or not, they say they prefer Papa Gino's to Regina's, which, you are correct, is 100 times better than Papa Gino's (and Santarpio's is a favorite of mine as well.

      So, knowing that they're not real connoiseurs, any suggestions?

      I'll definitely pass along the rec below for Pizza on Pearl, thanks.

      1. re: winedude

        Maybe Bronx Pizza in Clairemont or Bruno Napoletano. Course, if they like PG's thay may gravitate, not me, to Extreme Pizza on Kline in LJ next to the Public House.

        Bronx Pizza
        111 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

        Extreme Pizza
        834 Kline St, La Jolla, CA 92037

        1. re: cstr

          Do you mean Bronx Pizza, 111 Washington Street, in Hillcrest? It is, in fact, very typical of New York/East Coast pizza which is in turn similar to Naples-style pizza in Italy. Bronx sells whole pies or by the slice. Not much ambiencet but, in its way, probably the best pizza in San Diego.

          Bronx Pizza
          111 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. re: sandiegomike

            I had Bronx a few years ago after the hype I just didn't get it. Seriously, it's a good pizza but nothing spectacular. I guess after eating Bonjiornos in Solana for years when I finally had Bronx I didn't find it that much better.

            Regents Pizza is in Golden Triangle not sure how their pizza stacks though. I've only had their deep dish

    2. I don't know much about Boston pizza, but if your friends are looking for some good New York style pizza, they should try Pizza on Pearl in downtown La Jolla. It is an offshoot of Bongiorno's, which is located in north San Diego County. Bongiorno's is my go to place for pizza.

      1. mmmm... a garlic pizza and fresh sausage at Santarpio's. Boy do I miss that

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        1. re: TheBoat

          Don't forget the grilled sausage and lamb.

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          1. Best pizza in La Jolla (believe me, we've tried 'em ALL in the Village) is -- hands down -- Carino's at 7408 La Jolla Blvd. Definitely better than Pizza on Pearl, Extreme Pizza, Milano's, etc., etc.

            7408 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

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            1. re: bizzwriter

              I've been going to Carino's since the early 80's when it was really good and the surfers servers would always top off that pitcher of 'Michelob Dark' for free..
              Last time I was there since I lived down the street, was around 6 years ago and it seemed to be not as good..maybe it was the lack of free beer..
              Glad to see it still there..have to give it another try

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Did you give those testosterone filled dudes a wink or two to get that pitcher filled?? Com'on BC, fessup. Nobody would ever do that for me!

                1. re: cstr

                  I was something before electricity..
                  ; )

                2. re: Beach Chick

                  Michelob Dark -- now THAT brings back the memories!

                3. re: bizzwriter

                  Not for nothing, at my birthday party a few weeks ago, we had a pizza competition, and Carino's came in 2nd place behind my homemade pizza. I wouldn't classify Carino's pizza as East Coast style, but rather, the best version of San Diego-style pizza.

                  BTW, didn't one of the Bronx alumni open a place in Clairemont?

                  7408 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

                  1. re: jmtreg

                    Re: Bronx alumni in Clairemont, I believe that would be Fat Tony's on Diane. Haven't been, but definitely gets good reviews.

                    Fat Tony's
                    4973 Diane Ave, San Diego, CA 92117