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Antica Pizzeria

DrBruin Jul 24, 2011 02:38 AM

Quick questions: Are there 2 locations? 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and one in Marina Del Rey? If so, has anyone eaten at both and feels one is leaps and bounds better than the other location?

I've eaten at an Antica Pizzeria in Santa Monica... enjoyed the pizza... google seems to point to both these locations with the same internet homepage but the homepage only seems to reference the MDR location. It may be they just are too busy making great pizzas to update their site. ;)

Antica Pizzeria
13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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    bulavinaka Jul 24, 2011 06:45 AM

    My first visit to the renovated mall's rooftop restaurant area left me asking the same question. I didn't try the pizza place thinking that I could visit the MdR location any time - the signage didn't seem the same but I figured maybe the MdR location was evolving into a mini-chain and the change included the logo. Then I recall someone on this board mentioning that the two places were not related - similar names and easily confused as being the same. Here's the two separate websites:

    The one at the Santa Monica Place is part of a mini-chain based in NorCal (not a bad place to be associated with):


    Here's the website of the one that we're so familiar with and is now in Pizza Land Limbo:


    I'm glad you enjoyed Pizza Antica in Santa Monica. We'd periodically go to Antica Pizzeria and after breaking the news to my wife about their shutdown and unknown status, we were wondering if Pizza Antica would scratch the itch. Because of this board, I'm familiar with other viable choices around the LA area, but we like to stay local as much as possible...

    Antica Pizzeria
    13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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    1. re: bulavinaka
      DrBruin Jul 24, 2011 11:17 AM

      Thank you for the info... I went to the MdR anticapizzeria.net website and the front page looked an awful lot like the Santa Monica restaurant facade, thus my confusion. However, their menus were different, thus the post..

      I enjoyed the Santa Monica Place restaurant. I've been twice... looking on their menu online, I can tell you that I've had the following dishes...and I've enjoyed all of them, but the Broccoli Rabe, Caciocavallo,Burrata and Chili Oil pizza was my favorite. The pizza is all very thin crusted (so if you don't like that style, this place isn't necessarily for you).. The service has been okay to good. My main criticism is that acoustics are not fantastic.

      SALAD - Young Field Greens with Fresh Herbs and Toasted Pinenuts with Roasted Chicken
      PIZZA - Tomato Sauce, House made Mozzarella and Fresh Basil
      PIZZA - Broccoli Rabe, Caciocavallo,Burrata and Chili Oil
      PIZZA - Heirloom Potato, Caramelized Onion and White Truffle Oil
      PIZZA - I've had one other pizza but it's not on the menu and I can't recall what was on it other than it was tasty.
      PASTA - Handmade Potato Ricotta Gnocchi with Pesto and Sun dried Tomato Cream

      1. re: DrBruin
        lapizzamaven Jul 24, 2011 12:36 PM

        And from the look of 3rd st Antica's menu, its very different...the Roman, almost cracker-like crust doesnt do it for me.

        1. re: DrBruin
          Kathi22 Oct 12, 2011 02:04 PM

          Hello :),

          oh that sounds so good - I love pizza. I'm from Germany and there we normally have just the thin crusted pizza. So since I'm here ( in Riverside, CA) I'm always searching for an italian restaurant that offers thin crusted pizzas. I think I will defenetly go there ;). But do you know a place in or near Riverside, where I can eat such kind pizzas?????

          Thank you so much for you tips in advance!

          1. re: Kathi22
            Jeryy Oct 12, 2011 03:34 PM

            Try Bollini's Pizza just off the 60 in Monterey Park. It's exceptional. You can read my review from a few years ago when it first opened.

        2. re: bulavinaka
          aliris Oct 11, 2011 12:50 PM

          Do both these places still exist? Are they comparable? It sounds as if they're both excellent in their own right, though different. Is that fair enough?

          Honestly, so confusing....

          A child just ate with friends at the SM one and loved it and I thought the family might go, but I'm wondering whether either would be just fine, even if different establishments?!

          Pizza Antica
          395 Santa Monica Pl #304, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          1. re: aliris
            bulavinaka Oct 11, 2011 07:42 PM

            I've never been to Pizza Antica (the one at the new Santa Monica Place). I think their menu gives clues as to what kind of pizza/food/drink experience one might expect - looks pretty non-Domino's to me. And their roots are NorCal which in my mind is a good thing. They don't mention anything about following any guidelines as does Antica Pizza (in MdR).


            According to other posters below, no word on where and when Antica Pizza (the one formally in Marina del Rey) is going to reopen...

            Pizza Antica
            395 Santa Monica Pl #304, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        3. ipsedixit Jul 24, 2011 12:04 PM

          They are different.

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            reality check Jul 24, 2011 12:12 PM

            They have different names, Antica Pizzeria and Pizza Antica.

            Not sure why there would be confusion, it's not like Oki Dog and Oki's Dog.

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            1. re: reality check
              lapizzamaven Jul 24, 2011 12:33 PM

              Dont see why thered be confusion either...and Antica (MDR) was the real deal.....cant wait for their re-opening...

            2. ipsedixit Jul 24, 2011 12:38 PM

              This thread is almost like a "consumer survey" for a trademark lawsuit. Hilarious.

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              1. re: ipsedixit
                CulverJack Oct 11, 2011 01:22 PM

                I'm thinking of starting a California themed Anti-Pizza restaurant called Anti-CA Pizza. I think this idea has legs!

                Any news on when Antica (which we liked a lot for over a decade in MDR) will be re-opening?

                1. re: CulverJack
                  buttermarblepopcorn Oct 11, 2011 02:05 PM

                  hee hee.. you made me laugh!

                  There is no news on their official Facebook page about where or when they'll be reopening.

                  1. re: buttermarblepopcorn
                    lapizzamaven Oct 11, 2011 02:50 PM

                    rumor has it they'll reopen across the street...not sure when.

                    1. re: lapizzamaven
                      Jeryy Oct 12, 2011 03:40 PM

                      Pepe Miele who owned Antica Pizza in the Marina is an officially recognized master Neapolitan pizza maker - there are only two in the US. So he'll no doubt open soon in another location.

                      But living near the Marina, Antica Pizzeria's closing has left a void the Pizzaeria Antica at SM Place can't fill. Luckily a surprising substiute has opened - Pitfire Pizza on Washington Blve, just East of Costco. Surprisingly excellent.

                      Antica Pizzeria
                      13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

                      Pitfire Pizza
                      108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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