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Dec 22, 2012 11:01 AM

Grimaldi's PIzza in El Segundo!

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  1. Thanks. This could be some very good pizza news. Coal oven too! Is this where where the old Daily Grill was on Rosecrans Blvd? Has anyone had their pizza at any of their locations outside of Brooklyn and if so is it the same quality?

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    1. re: wienermobile

      2121 Rosecrans Ave, I believe it is the old Daily Grill location.
      I thought because of the clean air laws they could not do the coal ovens here in California. Glad I was wrong.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Ive had pies at Brooklyn, Vegas and Scottsdale sites...Vegas was as good as Brooklyn...I havent been to the Brooklyn site in 7 or 8 years but i always had a great pie there...I tried to upload a foto of a pie i had in Vegas 3 yearss ago..a margherita with was great! i oredered another for the Road back to LA....I made it home; the pie didnt survive to Baker! Scottsdale was lacking..good but not great!

          1. re: Servorg

            Wow, Wow Servorg...did you link to my review of Grimaldi's on Serious Eats/Slice? i was having trouble even uploading one of those fotos...thank you! I think im off to Vegas for a few days!

            1. re: Servorg

              Wow, that looks much better than the original Brooklyn joint. Among all the coal fired pizza places in NYC, Grimaldi's was by far the most mediocre.

              1. re: E Eto

                Agree that the original Brooklyn joint was very mediocre.

                Grimaldi's opening in Vegas is more for profit from tourists and not for any laxity in clean air laws.

            2. re: lapizzamaven

              I found the Vegas location good but not as good as Brooklyn Grimaldi's. The tomato sauce was not as bright and vibrant and the crust flatter in Vegas compared to Brooklyn. The cheese seemed a little different too. In Brooklyn the cheese was brighter, almost fluorescent.

          2. Interesting.

            I thought the reasons they were opening restaurants in the middle of nowhere (i.e. isolated desert cities like Phoenix and Vegas) was because the pollution laws were a great deal more lax there than in California. Is this no longer the case, or have I misunderstood?

            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              I thought so too. I remember when Mozza was first looking for a location they had a problem with the City of Los Angeles because of their wood burning ovens at some of the locations they considered. The reason they chose the Melrose and Highland location was because their oven was grandfathered in from the previous Italian restaurant at the site.
              This is from Grimaldi's own web site: "Signature Brick Oven - Designed and built by hand, the coal-fired oven at Grimaldi's Pizzeria delivers a unique flavor and consistency that is just not possible from wood or gas ovens. Weighing in at 25 tons and heated by 100 pounds of coal per day (cleanest burning fuel available and environmentally tested), the oven heats up to 1200 degrees. We also purchase special coal from Pennsylvania called anthracite. It actually burns cleaner and more Eco-friendly than gas or wood-fired methods. Every month we ship the coal in by railroad and distribute to our locations."

              Maybe El Segundo has less stringent AQMD regulations then the City of LA?

              1. re: wienermobile

                "Maybe El Segundo has less stringent AQMD regulations then the City of LA?"

                They already have the Chevron refinery so they must have figured, "What could this possibly hurt?"

                  1. re: Servorg

                    "Maybe El Segundo has less stringent AQMD regulations then the City of LA?"

                    Can't attest to that, wiener, but I'll still suggest Grimaldi's to my husband the next time we have lunch together. He works in El Segundo, so that could be a pretty viable lunch spot for us to check out.

              2. If it's anything like the one in Phoenix, then move along. Nothing to see here.

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                  1. re: Servorg

                    So by showing a photo of burned pizza, you're attempting to illustrate... what? :)

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      I wasn't attempting to illustrate anything...since this is a photo. ;-D> And beauty really is in the eye of the beholder because to me this photo is delightful food porn that makes my mouth water...

                      1. re: Servorg

                        that ain't burnt in my book of pizza! looks like most of the great pies ive had of Vegas anyway..the pies ive had(twice) in Scottsdale though its been a few years didnt look as good (and didnt taste that good either) as yours, Servorg....

                    2. re: Servorg

                      I believe it is the same folks that own the one in PHX

                    3. re: ipsedixit

                      Never tried the Phoenix one. On the other hand, if it's anything like the ones in Las Vegas, bring it on. It will be the best NY style pizza in LA hands down. Much better than my favorite Vito's.

                      Apparently the "clean coal" they're using passes the AQMD regulations.

                      1. re: Ogawak

                        If they want to be a success in El Segundo, the food quality better be top notch. El Segundo isn't a revolving door of idiot tourists like Vegas, or the land of mouth breathers like Scottsdale. They will need to rely on repeat business from patrons who know world class pizza.

                      2. re: ipsedixit

                        If it's anything like the one in Vegas, I'm going to haul my ass out to South Bay on opening day.

                        It obviously won't replicate Brooklyn exactly, but look at our alternatives -- Vito's? Joe's? And... Mozza?

                        1. re: TonyC

                          Pavich's in San Pedro is a great alternative

                          1. re: Ernie

                            Wouldnt consider Pavich's a great alternative unless youre lookin for another ethnicity's take on pizza...good but not the same animal...

                            1. re: lapizzamaven

                              Does that also exclude Mozza's Jewish-Croatian-Latino take on pizza?

                              1. re: Ernie

                                Well, if Pavich's was better, id consider it a great alternative to sumthin'... i was kinda disappointed...Mozza is a pizza flavor bomb no matter what you wanna call it!

                                1. re: lapizzamaven

                                  "Overhyped" is what comes to mind when I think of Mozza. It is good, but I found their toppings meager and not up to the hype. Pavich's sausage, for example, tastes fresher and more abundant than Mozza's version which has a few stingy bits of dried out and overcooked sausage.

                                  1. re: Ernie

                                    I usually get a margherita w/ sausage added at Mozza's and its never been anything remotely described as stingy and dried overhyping here...had a margherita at Pavichs a while ago...crust was not a pizza crust....will give them another shot...i hear the meats good!

                                    1. re: lapizzamaven

                                      Pavich's crust is most certainly a pizza crust. Try Pavich's sausage next time and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

                            2. re: Ernie

                              vs. Grimaldi's? Been to Pavich's couple of times. That ain't no NY pizza (by whatever the definition).

                              1. re: Servorg

                                meh! for Garage Pizza..its ok if you neeed a slice...

                                1. re: lapizzamaven

                                  Agree. And sometimes, depending on location, time, etc. Pizzanista has equally good of a slice, Purgatory a bit behind them. The great thing about Garage downtown is that they have beer with those slices. Finally!

                                  That said, it's not "bad", it's just nowhere near as good as a half-assed Grimaldi's.

                                  1. re: TonyC

                                    Have you changed your opinion on Garage Pizza? I thought I read another review you did that was extremely positive? (Unless my memory is slipping - which I'm sure is true)

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Still enjoy the Silver Lake locale for the BYOB, but the downtown slice just wasn't that good last time...

                                      Pizzanista is a lot closer (for me), and they have great bottled ginger beer/root beer from so that's where I am these days, especially because Tony's runs a Pizzanista slice/draft beer combo during happy hour.

                              2. re: TonyC

                                Beyond pessimistically, I feel it is going to be more like the one in Scottsdale.

                              3. re: ipsedixit

                                I agree. I have only tried their Scottsdale location, and fuck it, if I'm in NY I'm either going to Patsy's in East Harlem, or the incomparable DiFara's or maybe Lombardi's, near LIttle Italy.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  @Kevin, i dont know the last time you were at Lombardi's but its been nearly 10 years since their pizza declined into tourist friendly stuff...Grimaldis in Brooklyn, at least up to 2006, never served me a less than spectacular pie! i hear DiFara's aint worth the hasssle anymore either...

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    There is actually a Di Fara location in Las Vegas under the name Dom Demarcos. I have never been but it sure sounds tempting, and from what I have heard it is pretty good.

                                    As for the Grimaldi's, please let it be like the Vegas locations, specifically the one on Eastern Ave.

                                    1. re: A5 KOBE

                                      agreed! the Eastern ave location was the real deal!

                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                          Get the fuck out.

                                          There's a DiFara's outpout in Vegas ???

                                          Never thought I'd see the day.

                                  2. wow great news!!! we eat at grimaldi's everytime we go to vegas and have brought pizzas home as well. their house salad is great too.

                                    1. this is fantastic news!

                                      not so much for my diet though