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we always go out new years eve for pizza, so romantic, staying in carlsbad , have car willing to travel, i like thin crust she does not

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  1. Bruno's Thin crust. Great char. Not crispy. But good flavor and balance.

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    1. re: nmanowitz

      Are you referring to Bruno's on Restaurant Row in San Marcos? If so, it closed over a year ago.

      Edit: I now realize you were probably referring to Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano on Park Blvd. in San Diego. Good recommendation!

      1. re: srk

        Yup. The location on Park. Good beer selection.

    2. Blue Ribbon Pizza in Encinitas.

        1. we were at blue ribbon last yr , it was good but it did not agree with me, i think i had a 24hr bug, though not from the food

          1. You've got some good recs, esp. the Blue Ribbon one from wanker, as it has both great pizza and an ambiance befitting a romantic evening out.

            But here's the thing, you're not going to find a place that does both thin and non-thin pizza, at least not both in any worthwhile, edible fashion.

            I suppose if you really loved your significant other, and want to close-out the year, or start the new one, with a bang, head to Berkley's Pizza (which does good thick crust pies), grab some provisions at a place like Jimbo's or Mona Lisa beforehand, then find some nice cozy spot along the harbor and make a midnight picnic out of it.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              i use the word "romance" we are looking as we do in new york for great food low key places willing to travel $ not an issue

                  1. re: stuart954

                    Do you mean Yo Pauly in Scottsdale? Otherwise, no, not Paulies in Mesa.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      miramar road, any thoughts on any other restaurants

                      1. re: stuart954

                        Like I said above, you're sort of stuck in a bind given that you like thin and your significant other doesn't.

                        San Diego does pizza quite well, but just about all of then are Neapolitan or Neapolitan-style pies, e.g., Blue Ribbon, Buono Forchetta, Urbn, Caffe Calabria, Mozza, Basic, etc.

                        So unless you want to piss off your significant other, you're kind of stuck.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          she always goes with the flow as long as there is great beer

                          1. re: stuart954

                            The way you ask and then don't give clear answers makes if very difficult to help you.

                            ipse is trying very hard and being very patient about prying out specifics about what you want.

                            If it was me, I would jump at the suggestion to have a midnight picnic on the harbor with caviar and champagne, pate, good bread and etc., underneath a cashmere throw to celebrate the New Year.

                            But that's just me, a simple person.

                            1. re: Gypsy Jan

                              But that's just me, a simple person.

                              ____________

                              Me too.

                              1. re: stuart954

                                she always goes with the flow as long as there is great beer
                                __________

                                Pizza Port.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  In that case get a pizza at Dominos, beer at BevMo, find a nicr place at a beach and watch the fireworks - better pizza, beer and location

                                  1. re: honkman

                                    Better beer? Many of the in-house beers at PP Carlsbad are better than anything that BevMo carries.

                                    But they probably won't be German.

                                    Can somebody help me get this hook out of my mouth?

                                    1. re: RB Hound

                                      The beer selection at the BevMo in Mira mesa is very good.

                                      1. re: honkman

                                        Sure, the beer selection at any BevMo is pretty good, but that's like saying the food selection at a Ralph's is good when trying to justify not eating at a decent restaurant.

                                        Besides, if you really knew what you were talking about, you'd have sent them next door to Pizza Port's bottle shop next door, down the street to Texas Liquor, or better yet had them fill a growler at Pizza Port for take out.

                                        1. re: RB Hound

                                          Better ? ;) - In that case get a pizza at Dominos, beer at Texas Liquor (or invite RBH to guide you through the beer world of SD), find a nice place at a beach and watch the fireworks - better pizza, beer and location

                                          1. re: honkman

                                            I don't want to get side-tracked, but it was always my understanding that alcohol was generally not permitted on public beaches in SD County.

                                            Is that no longer true?

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              I don't think it is allowed but I have seen many people doing it (Including my wife and me) so that if you don't do it too openly it is not a problem

                                              1. re: honkman

                                                I'm reporting you.

                                                Happy Holidays, honkman.

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  There isn't universal agreement, but quite a few people I know like Regents PIzzeria in the UTC area. They do both New York and Chicago styles, and have a decent beer selection just in case neither work for you or spouse.

                            2. re: stuart954

                              If you are referring to Pauly's Pizza Joint on Miramar Rd., it's a fine place to get two slices and a soda for $6 on a weekday. A romantic destination for New Year's Eve it is most certainly NOT!

                              1. re: srk

                                Yeah, I was kind of wondering about that.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      Lefty's does a good thin crust and Chicago deep dish. Then again many people will contest that deep dish actually is pizza versus being a casserole, but at least it does have a thick crust I guess? Not much ambiance there but you could get them to go, pick up some beers or champagne from Bottlecraft North Park and then head over to Bird Park.

                    3. A great place for pizza that I've never seen mentioned on CH is Del Mar Pizza. It's just a block off of Seagrove/Powerhouse park and you could get take out and walk to the park. Or they will deliver to the park if you give them the location. It used to be primarily a take-out joint but they've upgraded and even have sidewalk dining area (forget if they have heat lamps) that kinda, sorta, almost has an ocean view. It's NY style pizza and has a great crust and toppings. I've lived in Philly and NY for 25 years and it's easily as good as anything I've had there.

                      1. How about Pandora's Pizza in Leucadia (Leucadia & PCH intersection)? A bit more ambiance than your average pizza place: http://pandoraspizzapie.com/

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                        1. re: srk

                          what about crust, and encinitas pizza?

                        2. If you are looking for romantic and very good pizza, the flatbread pizzas at The Pony Room at the Rancho Valencia resort in Rancho Santa Fe resort might do the trick. Very high quality ingredients, great cocktail and beer list, and nice adult setting in plush yet non pretentious surroundings.

                          1. I like Basic downtown! And, off topic, but they also have an amazing salad that if memory serves, has gorg, pears, bacon..... (I'm making the Homer Simpson drooling face.)

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                            1. re: Kitty71SD

                              If you ask nicely, Basic will also add just about any of their pizza toppings into their salad. I think fried eggplant is a lovely add.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Interesting. What's the charge for that? Same as adding toppings to a small pizza?