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WLA Pizza place good for baseball team

http://www.roccospizzeria.com/

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I'm hunting for a pizza place in West LA (near Santa Monica/Sepulveda) for our West LA LL team, home of the Bad News Bears Field, to meet after a game or practice. 14 kids on a team and at least one adult per kid, so 30 or more at the same time (and sometimes at the last minute). My cousins in Walnut Creek have a GREAT place in Rocco's. In fact, I see a lot of independent pizza places in Walnut Creek and it doesn't seem like we have anything like Rocco's at all in West LA. Do we?

I do note that our Chowhounds up north have a lot of pizza discussions like we do. A bit surprised there didn't seem to be much love for Rocco's.

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  1. 800 Degrees in Westwood or go burgers, fries and tacos at Islands.

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    1. re: Thor123

      I thought about 800 Degrees, but hard to seat 30+ at the same time and hang out for a bit. I also considered Pit Fire, but the quote "Nobody goes there anymore, it's always too busy" works here.

      I agree, Islands could work

      1. re: Scotty

        I was at Pitfire last week with a large group and we had a nice time....not too busy.

        1. re: bringiton

          And there's one on westwood blvd, so it's not too far from the bad news bears field.

          1. re: kevin

            I may have to re-think Pitfire. I liked it when I tried it, thought the prices were maybe a little high.

    2. You could always take the back room at Lenny's Deli on Westwood Blvd at Pico.
      http://www.lensdeli.com

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Lenny's sounds OK, but the kids all love pizza. Most of the time we buy costco pizza and go to the parent that has the biggest house. Most of the parents live in small condos around here.

        As I think about this more, perhaps not really a Chowhound question.....

        1. re: Scotty

          How about these just a little farther south? There is a new Dave & Buster's about to open up at Howard Hughes Center, Round Table Pizza in Hermosa Beach or The Shakey's on Sepulveda in Culver City.
          5604 Sepulveda Blvd
          Culver City, CA

          1. re: wienermobile

            Dave & Busters may work. Parking solved. How is the pizza?

            1. re: Scotty

              Kids would like it. They open soon.

      2. 800 degrees in Westwood is a good choice but it gets pretty crowded and would be very hard for you to all sit together. A better option would be Pitfire Pizza at 2018 Westwood Blvd.

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        1. re: bringiton

          Very hard for a group of 30 to sit together at 800 Degrees? I’d say it is next to impossible. 800 Degrees is not an establishment designed to accommodate large parties, and I don’t believe you can reserve space there unless you’re renting out the whole restaurant. Add to that the fact that each kid would have to wait in line to order their personal pizza and you have a fairly certain catastrophe in the making.

          A somewhat better option that nobody has mentioned yet might be D’Amore’s, right around the corner on Westwood Blvd. At least at D’Amore’s you can order enormous traditional pies that can be sliced appropriately for a group of kids. Still, seating for a group that size would probably be a huge problem there as well. While D’Amore’s does have one large table in the back that might be able to park about 10 kids, the rest of the tables are mostly two-seaters.

          To be blunt, I live in the area in question and can’t think of a single pizzeria that can readily accommodate the OP’s needs. If there’s no way out of this plan, I’d say Lamonica’s probably is the best option because it’s the easiest place to rearrange/push tables. If you go to Lamonica’s at a time when they’re not busy, this could possibly work out - but that’s a very big, treacherous “if.”

          Given the circumstances, it’s too bad that the Pizza Hut on Sepulveda and National closed a few months ago. Say what you will about Pizza Hut’s quality, but that place would have been perfect for this.

          1. re: Arthur

            I agree with those up thread that suggested Pitfire Pizza http://www.pitfirepizza.com/ for this after game get together. It's well within striking distance from the game venue (1.2 miles), the space will accommodate that sized party and food is pretty good with choices beyond pizza for the adults if they so desire.

            2018 Westwood Boulevard
            Los Angeles, CA 90025
            (310) 481-9860

            1. re: Servorg

              Servorg, even if Pitfire can accommodate such a large party, I suspect the expense of going to such a semi-upscale pizzeria would be unwelcome and unwarranted for this kind of Little League event. Pizzas and beverages at Pitfire for everyone in a group this size would probably total more than $500, including tax and tip. From my experience, most kids just want a basic slice or two, depending on their age.

              1. re: Arthur

                When I was a kid I would plough through six or seven slices of Domino's. :)

                And that was without breaking a sweat.

                After a game these little tykes will probably want at least four slices each.

                1. re: kevin

                  kevin, if you’re right about how much these kids are going to eat, then my tally of $500 for Pitfire would be a severe underestimate.

                  1. re: Arthur

                    Come on, man.

                    They just played a couple hours of tee ball, they are going to be as hungry as all shit.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Not sure about the juxtaposition of "hungry" and "shit." Perhaps that belongs above in the discussion of Shakey's vs. BJ's.

                        1. re: JeMange

                          hungry as shit = very hungry in my lexicon.

                      1. re: Arthur

                        Btw, thaks, man.

                        you were the original reviewer on this here board regarding 800 degrees a couple years back.

                      2. re: kevin

                        Kevin, haha same with my boy. Six slices is not a problem...(9 years old, 135 lbs, not fat, t-ball was 4 years ago!)

                        Totally agree Arthur. Pitfire is not cheap!

                      3. re: Arthur

                        Agreed. A pitfire pizza is like 6 slices @ $10-14. And it will not nearly be as glorious to a LL'er as a cheese/pepperoni slice from...anywhere else.

                    2. re: Arthur

                      also, 800 degrees may well balk at letting one party completely clog their production line.
                      would not be surprised if they made some of the party yield to "regular" customers to avoid having all the regular customers standing in line on the sidewalk.

                      although i am a big fan of 800 degrees, imho, it would be a terrible choice for this group. concur with arthur on this

                      1. re: Arthur

                        "can’t think of a single pizzeria that can readily accommodate the OP’s needs" I thought that was the case Arthur!

                        I'll have to check out the parking and seating at D’Amore’s and Lamonica’s one day soon. LL baseball starts in a few weeks!

                        Thanks a lot fellow Chowhounds!!

                        1. re: Scotty

                          Yes, I also can't think of anything. I immediately thought Q's Billards and I do think I've had pizza there before....but it was for a party. Still is a fun joint and won't be busy at that hour. Maybe you can bring in pizzas is you buy salad and bevs!?

                    3. shakey's and call it a day.

                      LL'ers won't know the difference and they got alcohol for the 21+'s.

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                      1. re: ns1

                        also BJ's in Westwood Village or Westfield Century City Mall?

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              And I still have a soft spot for Shakey's.

                              1. re: JAB

                                You know BJ's pizza is pretty darn bad. I think people go just for the beer and that cookie pizza.

                                  1. re: JAB

                                    we'll have to agree to disagree on that one.

                                    but srsly, mojo potatoes + beer = success

                                    go buy pizza afterwards, cuz let's be real here - neither shakey's nor BJ's produces remarkable pizza. BUT would little leaguers know the difference? probably not. As long as it has cheese...

                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                    That cookie pizza is crap.

                                    And their service is even worse.

                                  3. re: JAB

                                    hell yeah. at least shakey's has ok fried chicken and those fantastic mojo potatoes. did I mention cheap beer and photo hunt?

                                    shakeys also doesn't pretend to have awesome pizza - they got acceptable food items designed to be eaten with copius amounts of beer. at least, that's how [b]I[/b] view them.

                                    1. re: JAB

                                      For me, it would be Shakey's each and every time, just like clockwork.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        I'd go with Shakey's over PJ's as well. Mainly for the potatoes.

                                1. re: ns1

                                  Boy, that would take a lot of alcohol.

                                  1. re: JAB

                                    luckily, alcohol is cheap @ shakeys.

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      how much is a pitcher there ? less than ten bucks ?

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        something like 8 bucks domestic 10 bucks import. cheap enough to not care.

                                2. Lamonica's NYC style in Westwood Village next to Whole Foods and you can get it by the slice too. Not a bad pizza.
                                  http://www.lamonicasnypizza.com/Home....

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                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    re: Lamonicas

                                    Where are you going to find parking for 14 kids and their parent(s)?

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      There is the 2 hour free lot across from Barney's Beanery (Broxton Avenue Public Parking Location: 1036 Broxton Avenue) or a $5 lot above whole foods. Plus depending the time of day street parking too or have Lamonica's delivery to you. LaBarbara's would of been perfect…darn you mini mall with Union Buffet.
                                      http://blog.parkme.com/2013/03/12/wes...

                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        Hey I like Lamonica's. The truth is that I have never set foot in the place, but anytime somebody got it to go, I liked it.

                                  2. Could you get your pizzas to-go and then head to either the Westwood park or the Cheviot Hills park?

                                    There's a pizza place (New York Pizza and Pasta) right on Santa Monica at Sepulveda (the strip mall). Or, at least, there used to be (the mall's undergone some renovation). Never had the pizza there, but the meatball sub gave me "good" indigestion, and I think I might've had their baked ziti once. I assume the pizza should at least be passable? There's also Johnnie's Pizza on Santa Monica across the street from the Century City mall (but maybe that's too far east?). Never had their pizza, but their pasta were fine (but not more than fine).

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                                    1. re: ilysla

                                      I had a slice there, it may have been better than passable.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Johnnies may work fine. Parking?

                                    2. I have seen baseball teams (or maybe it was soccer) at the New York Pizza place in the strip mall on the S/E corner of Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvd. in W.L.A. A few years ago, someone started a thread on this board saying they had great NY-style pizza. It isn't a large place, but it could seat 30. I would definitely call them before so they could be ready for your party. Hopefully you will carpool -- parking is tight in that stripmall at lunchtime. I think they serve beer. There is a Del Taco that took over the Koo Koo Roo a couple doors east, and a Fatburger that took over the Yoshinoya to the west. Zankou Chicken just south. Not a bad option in exactly the location you want.

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                                      1. re: nosh

                                        It's small, but looks like a neighborhood pizza joint.

                                        The slices aren't half bad.

                                        I think.

                                        I'll give it a try too since I haven't been there in ages.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          We tried this one as a team and filled the place up. It was fine (and the adults had beer, a lot of it). Chicken wings were good too.

                                          Good call on this place being the closest. Agreed, parking is tight.

                                          1. re: Scotty

                                            That strip mall has the biggest and most accessible lot of any of the other places mentioned (some of which don't have an adjacent lot at all....).

                                            Glad it worked out. =)

                                      2. Anybody else been to Rocco's in Walnut Creek?