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CLAM PIZZA - WHERE TO GET SOME

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

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

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

        1. 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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            1. re: wienermobile

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

            2. re: Servorg

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

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                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.

                1. re: Servorg

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

              2. re: Servorg

                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.

                1. re: jessejames

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

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    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).

                    1. re: Servorg

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

                      1. re: jessejames

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

                      2. re: Servorg

                        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.

                        1. re: sunnyside

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

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    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.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      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.

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        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.....

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          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.

                          1. re: mucho gordo

                            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.......

                    2. 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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                      1. re: Norm Man

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

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

                        1. 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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                          1. re: pizzafreak

                            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.

                            1. re: Porthos

                              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?

                              1. re: pizzafreak

                                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.

                                1. re: pizzafreak

                                  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!

                            2. re: pizzafreak

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

                              1. re: pizzafreak

                                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.

                              2. 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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                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                  1. re: Norm Man

                                    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...

                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      Did you get around to trying Miceli's yet?

                                      1. re: mucho gordo

                                        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. 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/