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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.

        2. 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

              4. It's more of a RI then a MA style pizza but URBN Pizza has coal fired ovens like they use in RI. It's a nice hand tossed crust, quality toppings, and it gets nice and crisp the way you can only get it in an ultra hot coal fired oven. It's definitely something different compared to the rest of the pizza places in San Diego.

                1. If your headed to the Gaslamp, Basic has excellent pizza and it's a New Haven style.
                  Someone mentioned they had a second location..


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                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    I've added this spot to my to go list for my September trip. I was really intrigued by their website as they advertise they have New Haven style pizza. Up on the Boston boards there is constant banter about NY style vs Boston style vs New Haven style and since I've never had New Haven style this should be an interesting place to sample it. I have yet to figure out what Boston style is even though I've lived here all my life. I do know that our bar pizza is unique to the South Shore of Boston and you either love it or hate it!

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      I believe Basic and URBN are part of the same ownership - they do a very decent version of the New Haven style tomato pie. The space at the North Park location of URBN is nice

                    2. Regents Pizza in UTC makes a pretty decent East Cost-style slice. The owner is actually from Boston.

                      Regents Pizzeria
                      4150 Regents Park Row Ste 170, La Jolla, CA 92037

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                      1. re: sperlyjinx

                        I'd second Regents Pizza-- even though I tend to enjoy their Chicago slices better than their NY style slices.