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Apr 6, 2013 07:14 AM

Best Pizza in Little Italy?

Last night in San Diego -- what's the best pizza in Little Italy?

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  1. Isola, followed closely by Monello.

    But really, it's Isola if you just want pizza.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Those are 2 places I have been greatly disappointed with....Na Pizza can be good but the service and attitude is spotty.

      I think they do pizza better at Cucina Urbana and Pizzicato better than any place in Little Italy...Boun Forchetta was not bad and I am always a fan of Luigi's--especially when Lugii is working.

      1. re: El Chevere

        Regardless whether they are better or worse than Isola and/or Monello, none of the places you mentioned (save Napizza) are in Little Italy, unfortunately.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        Nothing in LI is worth the time, I'd opt for a salad instead of pizza at those places.

      3. And, just to vent, avoid Brooklyn Girl: for pizza, for everything. It's just blocks from my house, so I thought I'd give it another try. Pizza dough was spongy and totally lacking in flavor. Toppings were dull and predictable. Nothing sang. Cocktails were poorly mixed: a Sidecar should taste like its constituent ingredients, not water.

        Why are Mission Hills' neighborhood restaurants all so bad (Izakaya Masa excluded)?

        1. Only in SD Chow will a kind hearted, innocent request for pizza in a specific location be answered a diatribe about pizza in a totally different neighborhood, suggestions on completely different food instead, and suggestions on where in the world (Montebello and Berlin, I'm sure) the pizza is better, right down to the chef cooking it in the location that's not in the neighborhood of inquiry.

          Exactly how does that contribute to the conversation?

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          1. re: Fake Name

            Given that the OP was asking for suggestions about Saturday night's dinner, and I posted my complaint on Sunday morning, it is clear that my words contribute nothing to the conversation.

            Indeed, to the degree that we treat the OP's request as the sole index of this thread's value, everything written after 12:00 am, April 7, 2013, is beside the point.

            Does Chowhound need to be efficient?

            1. re: Fake Name

              It contributes by telling the OP not to waste his time or, if he has low expectations, they will be met. Only in SD-or So Cal for that matter--if you do not say how everything and everyone is wonderful 100% of the time one's feelings get hurt. T-1 hour before the patented, "if you don't like it here, why don't you move" response which I liken to a youngster taking his ball and saying he doesn't want to play this game anymore.

              1. re: El Chevere

                Nobody's feelings are "hurt".

                I'm just fascinated but the motivation to provide answers to a question that was not asked.

                1. re: Fake Name

                  No worries. Was trying to provide what I believe to be better alternatives in nearby neighborhoods. One time in Chicago I had my heart set on Chicago Chop House or Gene & Georgettis but was told their quality had gone down and was referred to an alternative in a different part of town and was not disappointed. I appreciated the honesty and recommendation on the Chicago Board.

                  1. re: El Chevere

                    There was nothing wrong with your recs, El Chevere, but you should have added that they weren't that far from Little Italy if the OP was able to travel a bit.

                    I think Fakey was responding to notjustastomach's rant, and Fakey can act as neutral as he wants but we all know that it's because Brooklyn Girl is one of his favorites.


                    1. re: RB Hound

                      Ok... I am a fan of Brooklyn Girl, BTW.

                      1. re: RB Hound

                        "Brooklyn Girl is one of his favorites."

                        I want this to be true so badly. My heart hurts when they've disappointed again and again.

                        With such a auspicious start.

                        OP, while I cannot reccomend anything in LI for you, I further cannot reccomend traveling a few miles to Mission Hills, either.

              2. The mussel bisque at Dobson's downtown is very good, and the BBQ at Coops in Lemon Grove is the real deal.

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                1. re: Fake Name

                  To be fair to myself:

                  1) The OP asked about pizza. I wrote about pizza.

                  2) MH is sufficiently close to LI for them to be considered roughly in the same geographical ambit, especially by somebody visiting from beyond the Mojave. I can certainly imagine a visitor thinking -- "Little Italy? Surely gotta be a good place for pizza" -- who could be swayed to drive to MH or Hillcrest instead for a higher quality product.

                  1. re: notjustastomach


                    And had you offered our friend a better alternative close by, I'd agree.

                2. Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. All of them.

                  I took the suggestion of Isola and enjoyed the food, ambiance, etc. very much.

                  I had the charred octopus appetizer, the spicy salami pizza, and a glass of the Rinaldi barbera. I sat at a table on the sidewalk and watched the beautiful people of San Diego go by.

                  It was a great way to wind up a good trip to San Diego.

                  All in all, I enjoyed my stay. I also ate at Bencotto and Buon Appetito while in town, also based on suggestions to earlier requests on ChowHound San Diego and found them to be satisfying and rewarding.

                  Back at home, I'm also happy to see that my simple question sparked a lively conversation after I left.

                  Its good to know that the folks who hang out on this part of Chowhound are just as committed to eating well and having strong opinions about food and restaurants as the folks on my home (Southeastern US) part.

                  Thanks again, and keep the faith.

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                  1. re: jnwall

                    We DO NOT have strong opinions!!

                    1. re: jnwall

                      Good for you.

                      Thanks for the report and glad you enjoyed your visit.