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CLAM PIZZA - WHERE TO GET SOME

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BSW6490 May 19, 2013 09:34 AM

Anyone know where to get a good clam pizza (no shells) west of La Brea?

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    Dirtywextraolives RE: BSW6490 May 19, 2013 09:47 AM

    Not as good as mine or what I used to get in New Haven..... But Milo & Olive had it on the menu for a bit last year.... Haven't been back this spring, so you may want to call them to see if it's being offered.

    1. A5 KOBE RE: BSW6490 May 19, 2013 10:21 AM

      Decent one at Village Pizzeria. Just eat of La Brea though.

      1. wienermobile RE: BSW6490 May 19, 2013 10:53 AM

        On Pizzeria Mozza's menu now: Pizzette: Ipswich clams, garlic, oregano, pecorino & parmigiano

        1. Servorg RE: BSW6490 May 19, 2013 10:57 AM

          Also slightly east of your desired geographic parameter is the Pizzeria Mozza Pizzette: Ipswich clams, garlic, oregano, pecorino & parmigiano $17

          Another thought. Wildcraft http://wildcraftpizza.com/#menu in Culver City has a clam and pork pizza that consists of "chopped sea clams, pork belly, oregano, red onion, chilies and fried sage" and it's also $17

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            wienermobile RE: Servorg May 19, 2013 11:00 AM

            Great stomachs think alike.

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              Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile May 19, 2013 01:41 PM

              That was also my first thought, but I noted the OP asked for west of La Brea.....

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              Dirtywextraolives RE: Servorg May 19, 2013 01:42 PM

              Now that (Wildcraft pizza) may be worth looking into..... But I thought they had something going on with their dough, as in sourdough?

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                Servorg RE: Dirtywextraolives May 19, 2013 01:57 PM

                Yes, they do a sourdough crust. I liked it (the sourdough taste) but I thought the crust needed to be slightly crispier than it is when you have it "fresh" at the restaurant. I took some leftovers from there and put them in our toaster oven the next day and I thought the extra crisping really made it a perfect crust for my tastes.

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                  Dirtywextraolives RE: Servorg May 19, 2013 02:15 PM

                  Thanks, will have to give it a try soon since they are open for lunch!

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                jessejames RE: Servorg May 20, 2013 11:26 AM

                Had this last week -- pretty good, not great. They offered to make it regular pizza size. Loads of clams which i liked...just missing that kick from garlic and salt, which i added...i wouldn't turn my nose up at this pizza but it just didn't deliver 10/10.

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                  Dirtywextraolives RE: jessejames May 20, 2013 02:16 PM

                  Which one? Pizzeria Mozza's or Wildcraft's??

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                    Servorg RE: Dirtywextraolives May 20, 2013 02:20 PM

                    Had to be Mozza since he said they offered to make it a regular pizza size (the one they offer on the menu is the "pizzette" size - which is smaller than their regular size).

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                      jessejames RE: Servorg May 20, 2013 02:23 PM

                      correct
                      thanks for clarifying.
                      i'd like to see olio take a crack at something like that -- i like their pizzas best.

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                        BSW6490 RE: jessejames May 20, 2013 02:24 PM

                        I think Olio had a clam pizza at one time, but its not on the menu now.

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                        sunnyside RE: Servorg May 20, 2013 02:39 PM

                        When I was at Mozza about three years ago the clam pie was regular size and priced roughly the same as other pies. When went last year I found it mildly irksome that the clam pie was now a "pizzette" so we had to order two for a group of four to have a decent taste.

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                          Dirtywextraolives RE: sunnyside May 20, 2013 02:46 PM

                          I was not really impressed with theirs, either the pizzettes or the pie. Not enough flavor for me.

                2. mucho gordo RE: BSW6490 May 19, 2013 04:08 PM

                  Miceli's has it on their menu.

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                    Servorg RE: mucho gordo May 19, 2013 04:12 PM

                    Do you like Miceli's pizza? I have to say I was severely underwhelmed when I had it when we went there for my grandniece's birthday. This was at the Universal City location.

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                      mucho gordo RE: Servorg May 19, 2013 05:09 PM

                      It's several notches above the chains and about the only place fairly close to where I lived that makes it. No place makes it better than Pepe's, Cappy's or Sally's in New Haven.

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                        Dirtywextraolives RE: mucho gordo May 19, 2013 07:14 PM

                        So you would say Miceli's is closest to NH style clam pie? I have a list of places to try, but nothing would make me happier than to find a sub for Pepe's.....

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                          mucho gordo RE: Dirtywextraolives May 20, 2013 09:54 AM

                          There really is no comparison to Pepe's, Cappy's or Sally's. It's all good. What I am saying is that Miceli's was the only place that made a clam pizza within 20 miles of where I lived.

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: mucho gordo May 20, 2013 02:15 PM

                            Ah, gotcha. Well, seems we've got a few more to try now. I've got a list working on it and will be tasting my way around all summer. But I know, deep down inside, you're right, nothing will be able to touch Pepe's or Sally's Apizza.......

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                      Thor123 RE: mucho gordo May 19, 2013 04:12 PM

                      Is that the place in Studio City?

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                        Servorg RE: Thor123 May 19, 2013 04:13 PM

                        2 locations http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/

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                      Norm Man RE: BSW6490 May 19, 2013 04:38 PM

                      Nicky D's Wood Fired Pizza in Silverlake has a White and Red Garlic Clam Pizza. I remember reading a positive review on Chowhound of a Nicky D's White Clam with Bacon Pizza.

                      http://nickydspizza.com/silverlake-pi...

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                        mucho gordo RE: Norm Man May 20, 2013 09:56 AM

                        I've heard about that but never got to try it.

                      2. wienermobile RE: BSW6490 May 21, 2013 08:58 AM

                        Clams & more: Frutti di Mare Pizza: tomato sauce,mozzarella, & seafood.
                        http://www.eataliancafe.com

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                          pizzafreak RE: BSW6490 May 21, 2013 10:10 AM

                          I just can't get excited about Ipswich clams on pizza. Tried it at PM and thought it was just OK. It seems to lose its distinctive clam taste on a pie. I'm talking about the belly clams. I much prefer them fried after dipping in a batter or as steamers. Going to NYC tomorrow, and I will load up on both - steamers at Pearl's and fried at the Oyster Bar.

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                            Porthos RE: pizzafreak May 21, 2013 11:09 AM

                            Have you tried Mary's Fish Camp? Always liked them better than Pearl's. The grilled whole fish with herbs is excellent at Mary's. The lobster rolls I liked better than Pearl's. Never did a steamer's comparison though.

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                              pizzafreak RE: Porthos May 21, 2013 11:16 AM

                              Never heard of Mary's Fish Camp until your post. Been away from NYC too many years. Checked out their menu. Thanks for the heads up. Will definitely try it. Are their lines, if any, smaller than Pearl's?

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                                pizzafreak RE: pizzafreak May 21, 2013 11:37 AM

                                On a different note, tired of fulfilling my pizza lusts at Motorino E 13 St and Keste. Going to go back to the place that started the pizza craze in NYC many years ago, and my favorite in the 80's until it was eclipsed by all the artisanal bakers who discovered that there is good money in good pizza - John's on Bleeker.

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                                  The Chowhound Team RE: pizzafreak May 21, 2013 12:38 PM

                                  We try to leave discussions of places that are a bit out of area, but NYC is a long way from LA! Would you mind continuing this conversation over on the Manhattan board? That way it'll be a little more on topic. Thanks!

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                              mucho gordo RE: pizzafreak May 21, 2013 12:02 PM

                              Places like PM usually depart from the original and fancy things up a bit. Was there anything on the pie that overshadowed the clams?

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                                Dirtywextraolives RE: pizzafreak May 21, 2013 12:02 PM

                                Chopped quahogs or sea clams are better on pizza than the small Ipswich variety. I agree PM's version is just okay, but when I tried it it was pretty much the lone contender a few years back.

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                                  mucho gordo RE: Dirtywextraolives May 21, 2013 03:18 PM

                                  bwein@att.net

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                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: mucho gordo May 21, 2013 04:19 PM

                                    Thanks, we'll catch up off board.

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                                Dirtywextraolives RE: BSW6490 Jul 2, 2013 10:20 AM

                                Just a quick update.....

                                I know it's not west of La Brea, but a few weeks back I tried the one at Nicky D's in Silverlake. Definitely worth a shot, it's a white clam sauce pizza, and it's very similar to what I make here, though a bit more oily than mine. It's wood fired, with a decent NY style crust. Has lots of garlic and good clam & bacon taste. The place was dead (1 table) at lunchtime, though it looks like it probably gets a good late night delivery business. It also looks like it could use a restaurant impossible makeover, but the staff could not have been nicer. Definitely scratched my itch.....

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                                  Norm Man RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 02:22 PM

                                  Dirtywextraolives, the Bacon on your Nicky D's White Clam Pizza was an additional topping, right?

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                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Norm Man Jul 2, 2013 02:38 PM

                                    You know, I immediately began to write that no, that's the way it comes, relying on my memory.

                                    But I just called up the menu, and I realize that my memory was wrong, and I must have asked for it to come with bacon.

                                    Here's their menu
                                    http://nickydspizza.com/silverlake-pi...

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                                      mucho gordo RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 03:54 PM

                                      Did you get around to trying Miceli's yet?

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                                        Dirtywextraolives RE: mucho gordo Jul 2, 2013 06:39 PM

                                        No not yet. I'm not in that area of town very often, usually to visit friends. Will let you know when I do ;)

                                2. gr8pimpin RE: BSW6490 Jul 5, 2013 09:26 PM

                                  I know it's off the beaten path (because you are looking for something in the basin) Santino's Pizza in Sherman Oaks. The clams are not whole but damn good crust and the clam pizza was really tasty.

                                  http://www.santinosnypizza.net/

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