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Petrillo's Pizza off menu --- Thin Crust

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Like-Go-Eat? May 23, 2006 01:11 PM

Last Night I went to Petrillo's on Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel. After 40 years of going there and being very happy with the crust, sauce, cheese, peperoni and sausage (IMO the best I have had in L.A. if not the U.S.A.) I thought I would make a special request for something not on the menu -- "Thin Crust." My server said, "Ya. Sure." I asked could it be maybe 1/4" thick like I recently had in Boston? Again, "Sure. I will tell the cook."

This was the best pizza I have ever had. The crust had more of the crispy edge and yet still had that taste and chew that I have always craved from Petrillo's. A thin crust does not leave you with a feeling of being -- overfull? I took home the leftover pizza and ate some for breakfast as I always do with Petrillo's and the thin crust is even better cold than their regular crust. It still has a crispy edge.

Finally, I had had so many thin crust pizzas recently while looking to replace that great one I had in Boston that I forgot what a good pizza looks like. Petrillo's filled the top with peperoni and sausage. After eating 1/3 of it there we walked out the door with a box of pizza that weighed more than two of some of the other places I have been to in L.A.

Petrillo's Pizza
833 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 280-7332

  1. wyatt3290 Jan 5, 2008 01:39 PM

    The is also a Petrillo's in Glendora

    Petrillo's Pizza
    750 W. Rte. 66 Ste A
    Glendora, CA 91740

    this on is the same as the one on Valley Blvd. In San Gabriel. I have seen Mama Petrillo's but have never eaten there.

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      Cynderella Jan 5, 2008 11:30 AM

      Is this the same as Mama Petrillo's in Temple City or are there 2 with the same name?I'm not sure what street Mama Petrillo's is on but I recall is was a main blvd.

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      1. re: Cynderella
        ElsieDee Jan 5, 2008 11:44 AM

        Different Petrillo's. There's "Petrillo's" on Valley Blvd. just east of San Gabriel Blvd. and then there's "Mama Petrillo's" in Temple City on Las Tunas, just east of Rosemead Blvd.

        There's been some discussion here, on other threads, and I seem to recall that the conclusion was that the restaurants are not affiliated or related. I've only ever eaten at Petrillo's, myself, though I keep meaning to try Mama Petrillo's as a comparison.

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          Cynderella Jan 5, 2008 11:48 AM

          I have been to Mama Petrillo's and the pizza was good and the environment was a warm family atmosphere. I had been hearing about Petrillo's and I thought it was the same. Thanks for clearing that up for me EliseDee :)

          1. re: Cynderella
            ElsieDee Jan 5, 2008 01:26 PM

            My pleasure :) Since it's a drizzly, dreary day, I think we might need to go out for Italian tonight and if we do, we'll try Mama Petrillo's. Don't think we'll have pizza, though - I'm in the mood for warm, filling pasta.

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              Cynderella Jan 5, 2008 09:34 PM

              I would love some delicious canneloni with a salad and foccia. An Italian meal is never complete for me unless I have a couple of spoons full of Spumoni to top it off. You just made me hungry lol. Have a wonderful dinner ElsieDee :)

          2. re: ElsieDee
            monkuboy Jan 5, 2008 12:28 PM

            I've had pizzas from both and the Petrillo's on Valley is hands down the better one. Mama Petrillo's pizza is pretty good but nowhere near as good as Petrillos. The latter has better crust and toppings.

        2. wyatt3290 Jan 5, 2008 11:15 AM

          I wish they had a Petrillo's in Hollywood or nearby.

          1. evilbeefchan Dec 16, 2007 08:56 PM

            I actually like getting the opposite = Large Sausage and Pepperoni, Extra Dough + Extra Crispy. Not even sure if this is right name, but that's how my dad orders it (his english ain't so great). You get the full spectrum of texture = really soft bread and crispy crust, salty and savory meats with the cheese. I will gladly make it up in the gym for this beast.

            1. wyatt3290 Dec 16, 2007 02:30 PM

              I've always liked Petrillo's pizza (we used to order them at work) I love the pepperoni pizza, the sausage & mushroom. I always kind of thought it might be a lot better with a thinner crust. glad to know they will make it and that it's as good as the original.

              thanks

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                Deserie Jun 11, 2006 08:53 PM

                I wish they would build a Petrillo's in the San Diego area. Please!!

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                  Argyle Of Sock May 24, 2006 01:54 AM

                  What a coincidence, we ordered this (by accident no less) this weekend...

                  You see, last time we tried the thick crust and, although good for what it was, we decided it wasn't our cup of tea. So when we ordered, my girlfriend said "thin crust" (as opposed to thick crust)...not thinking that "thin crust" would be different than the normal crust...

                  And wow, I have to say, the thin crust at Petrillo's is great. It's crunchy and holds up well with all the toppings - definitely worth a try! I think I'll have to start ordering it this way all the time :)

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                    WildSwede May 23, 2006 04:07 PM

                    Hey Like, if you like thin crust, you should try the one at Carmine's to see how you like it - always cooked well done. I am a fan of Petrillo's but actually like Carmine's better. I have not been to the location in Arcadia, only the So Pasadena one. LMK what you think - I would love to hear.

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                    1. re: WildSwede
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                      Like-Go-Eat? May 26, 2006 02:26 PM

                      The last time I had a pizza at Carmine's was before I fell in love with the Italian cheese-steak sandwich that they have. Since that first cheese -steak that is all I now order when we go there. We did like the special veggie pizza. I do not even know whether they still offer it but It had things like cauliflower and broccoli that were great on their pizza and did not add moisture to the crust like so many other veggies do. Overall I lioke Petrillo's pizza better crust against crust, cheese against cheese and oh that sausage. But I agree that we were never unhappy with Carmine's pizza. It is a quality pizza and you get your monies worth unlike most other places. One other thing. I love Carmine's back door take-out in Arcadia. It reminds me of someplace in Brick City -- timeless.

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                      sel May 23, 2006 02:40 PM

                      OK, OK, I've read so many posts about Petrillo's for so long and I'm usually on my way to chow down on wonderful Chinese food nearby, but this weekend I'm gonna grab my teen (as of last Friday) twin lads and take them for a belated birthday pizza feast. While I always prefer SGV Chinese to ANY pizza, the lads are unfortunately just the opposite, they do know good pizza but would prefer Domino's to the best Chinese where they mostly eat steamed rice. The sacrifices a single dad must make!!!

                      It better be good, no - GREAT!

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                      1. re: sel
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                        Like-Go-Eat? May 23, 2006 02:55 PM

                        You are a good dad! The pizza will be great. One more thing. If you want it cut like a pie make that request also otherwise it will look like someome on crack cut it up.

                        Petrillo's Pizza
                        833 E Valley Blvd
                        San Gabriel, CA 91776
                        (626) 280-7332

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                          sel May 23, 2006 03:07 PM

                          Will do, THANKS!

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                            jeffro May 23, 2006 03:09 PM

                            How exactly does a crack head cut a pizza?

                            Link: http://www.jeffmauro.com

                            1. re: jeffro
                              l
                              Like-Go-Eat? May 23, 2006 03:54 PM

                              Nice link!

                              Petrillo's offeres three sizes of pizza - S,M,&L.
                              The small is a round pizza cut into pie shape slices.
                              The large is a huge rectangle cut in to square slices.

                              But the problem is with the med pizza. It is round and yet they try to cut it into square slices. IMO that really does not work and it is better to request pie cut. Last night when I requested thin crust (1/4" thin) I forgot to also ask for pie cut when I ordered the med size. I still have three small "corner slices?" of that round pizza. OTOH they might be good with some ranch dressing.

                              Petrillo's Pizza
                              833 E Valley Blvd
                              San Gabriel, CA 91776
                              (626) 280-7332

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                          Stonerose May 23, 2006 01:16 PM

                          Traveling to Boston next week ... where was the best pizza in Boston? TIA.

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                          1. re: Stonerose
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                            Like-Go-Eat? May 23, 2006 02:25 PM

                            Ya, Chowhound has a GREAT Boston Board. Sorry we cannot discuss Boston here so Check out the Boston Board and my link below.

                            What I was looking for here in L.A. was a thin crust like the one I had in Boston. IMO the crust is the foundation of the pizza. Petrillo's has a true pizza crust and not a cracker crust like so many places. When I asked them to make it as a thin crust I was not sure if it would keep that chew that I like so much. It was perfect. Try Petrillo's and compare with the place place at the old North End in Boston.

                            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                            1. re: Stonerose
                              The Chowhound Team May 23, 2006 04:19 PM

                              Hi all,

                              As Like Go Eat's mentioned, we ask that everyone keep the Los Angeles board focused on L.A. eats. For discussing chow found in Boston, please start a new conversation on the Boston board. Thanks.

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