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Is Settebello pizza special?

Just learned that Settebello is opening soon in Newport Beach. Is it special? How does it compare with competitors in OC such as Mozza, Ortica and Pizza e Vino?

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  1. I have no experience with Ortica or Pizza e Vino, but Settebello offers a traditional Vera Pizza Napoletana product. I enjoy Mozza, but it is not a VPN. Likewise, I also enjoy a good Chicago-style pie, but it would be silly to compare one to a VPN. They're different products.

    As for whether Settebello is special, I'd say yes. The margherita DOC is well-executed and divine in its simplicity.

    1. Yes, it is. There's no direct comparison to Mozza but, I can directly compare it to Pizza e Vino & Fuoco the other 2 certified Neopolitan pies. It's far and away #1 followed by Pizza e Vino with Fuoco a distant 3rd. For me, it's all about the simplicity of the DOC pie there.

      1. Among the special things about Settebello pizza is that you don't want to get it as takeout. It's great as long as it's hot, and not meant to be eaten later at all. I'd gotten into an argument with WildSwede insisting that the surest sign of a good pizza was how good it was for breakfast the next day, so at her insistence we met for lunch at the Pasadena location. So now my belief is that good pizzas must be good for breakfast except Settebello's! Or, I'm guessing, any other VPN pizza …

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        1. re: Will Owen

          LOL!
          I love Settebello and think it is the best pizza I have ever had. Everyone should go try it and see for themselves.

        2. Went to the one in MDR last month...it's good, but hardly worth the detour. I can't recall anything about my meal, actually. That can't be a good sign!

          Too many restaurants opening these days that serve simple foods for high prices - pizzas and hamburgers in particular. Some feel it's worth the premium - I don't.

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          1. re: manku

            Did you happen to have the Margherita DOC pizza? If not, you may want to give it another chance.

          2. As for Neapolitan pizza, I think it's the best in the LA area now, better than Ortica, but I haven't been to Pizza e Vino. As noted above, very different from Mozza.

            1. if you "understand" a simple DOC pizza, it is very special.

              if you want a pizza that is laden with every topping under the sun, and will last for a week after it's removed from the oven, this is not for you.

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                1. Settebello is way better than all of these restaurants. And I actually really like Ortica and Pizza e Vino.

                  In my opinion, Settebello is exceptional. It really is. Not only is the margherita the best in town (if not America,) but the other pizzas, specifically the Settebello are top-notch as well.

                  1. Having had both the Pasadena and the MDR ones, I can say that the Pasadena one is superior. There seems to be a quality drop off between the two. I have also noticed that with the first Las Vegas Grimaldi's and the recent El Segundo one.

                    I would recommend you try the Pasadena one or the original one in Henderson, NV as a comparison.

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                    1. re: Ogawak

                      Interesting. I find the Henderson most superior but thought the MDR better than the Pasadena.

                      1. re: Ogawak

                        Also in answer to your question, I find Settebello (Pasadena) one of the best Neapolitan pies in all of LA.
                        I didn't mean to put down the MDR version, but it is still a decent pie.

                        If the Newport Beach one is as good as Pasadena, it will be a very special pie.

                        1. re: Ogawak

                          I think that the Pasadena location is better than the Henderson one. They also have a location in Oxnard that I have not tried yet.

                        2. Settebello makes an excellent pie...but i hope theyre not getting "stretched too thin" with expansion! on the other hand, the one time i went to Ortica, i had an excellent experience!

                          1. i would say it's "Ok" but nothing special (for me). i've tried Settebello 2 times and both times we came out underwhelmed.

                            i can appreciate a simple pie, but it felt like Settebello was beyond frugal with its toppings. for example, the margherita arrived with ONE tiny basil leaf! for the entire pie.

                            it was so absurd my guests and i had to laugh. did they run out of basil that night and didn't tell us?

                            on another visit we ordered it again, and again, the margherita arrived with just 1 basil leaf (this time slightly larger than the first time). we don't need tons of toppings but this was truly absurd.

                            the taste was solid, but nothing mind-blowing.

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                            1. re: chowseeker1999

                              normally the basil is hidden under the cheese.
                              i like that touch because then the basil doesn't get that completely black, incinerated, look from being exposed to 1000 degree heat.
                              at any rate, if you happen to end up there again, they will be pleased to add more basil to your pie.

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                I see basil on pizza only as a garnish that is added immediately after baking. Underneath the cheese, it looses all flavor.
                                The pizza is hot, and the chiffonade 'melts' on the pie.
                                Perfect.

                                1. re: VenusCafe

                                  1) the basil leaves are whole
                                  2) if that's how you like it, they'd be happy to accomodate.

                                  (this is not father's office. the kitchen and the servers are very agreeable and and flexible)

                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                    wsg, you're obviously a huge fan of settebello and im glad you like it. curious if you've tried olio?

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      haven't tried olio,
                                      it's not in my geographic territory.

                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        Might give you a basis of comparison, and another one you like. you have a passion for pizza

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          since i rarely travel out of the westside for food, identifying another one that i like that is located out of the westside wouldn't do much for me.

                                          there is a reason for my handle! ;-)
                                          (even though i admit to traveling east for the Providence tasting menu)

                                          1. re: westsidegal

                                            well, if you're ever near crescent heights and third, or the orig. farmers market, give olio a shot...to my taste it's better than settebello (ive only been to the one in pas). they have this fennel pepperoni that's great too.

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              haven't been in that area for years (since i was shopping for carpet), but if i go there again i'll keep your recommendation in mind.

                                              when i saw what happened when caruso built the grove, i went home and cried. the faux disney-like weirdness of the grove is unappealing to me.
                                              still, when i worked near there in the early 90's, i used to eat lunch at moishe's.

                                              1. re: westsidegal

                                                "when i saw what happened when caruso built the grove, i went home and cried."

                                                Me too. I call it the Grave of Farmers' Market.

                                                1. re: Jack Flash

                                                  how is it different from the vaunted 3d street promenade?

                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                    It's all FAKE. It's a mall where you're subjected to loud, piped-in music and they pretend that it's a street scape.

                                                    At least 3rd street promenade occupies real buildings, not a faux-Disney set. It's exactly what westsidegal said.

                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                        respectfully disagree.
                                                        the 3rd street promenade is palatable enough to me so that i can go to loteria grill to get a nopales salad (or 2) without girding myself.

                                                        i find the grove so distasteful that there is nothing there that will motivate me to drive there, much less eat there.

                                                      2. re: Jack Flash

                                                        "At least 3rd street promenade occupies real buildings, not a faux-Disney set. It's exactly what westsidegal said."

                                                        I'm pretty sure the buildings that house the theater and nordstroms are pretty damn real.

                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                          Classic Westside bs bitching about gentrification in the city they never visit. Enjoy what you call the west side.

                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                            i'm unclear why you are bitching that i don't visit the Grove.
                                                            caruso is doing fine without me.
                                                            there's nothing at the Grove that i deem to be worth visiting.
                                                            why does it matter to you? why the antagonism?

                                                            i worked mid-wilshire for years.

                                                            when i go to mid city now, my go-to restaurant is AWASH on pico (which i heartily recommend).

                                                            also, caruso took over a marina del rey shopping center that i practically lived in when my kid was a baby. since the takeover, i never go there anymore either even though it's in my backyard.

                                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                                              Not disappointed that you don't go but it's fair to have an opinion on westside myopia. Not singling you out by any stretch. The quest for good pizza and food isn't limited by Lincoln or the 405 for me.

                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                did anyone say it was?
                                                                i'm honestly trying to figure out with whom you are having this argument.

                                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                                  just re-read your posts...but no need to "litigate" this point -- have fun at settebello

                                                                2. re: jessejames

                                                                  Also, your comment about "westside bitching" is particularly misguided when commenting about one who lives in Pasadena.

                                                                  1. re: Jack Flash

                                                                    I was commenting on the person whose name embodies her posts and rarely leaves the westside as her posts say...that's emblematic of a lot of folks I know that are missing out on a lot of good stuff...it's no crime and be entitled to eat and go wherever you like, or don't.

                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                      A non sequitur. You can't accuse someone who hasn't ever lived west of Vine/Rossmore of "westside snootery and myopia." Just sayin'.

                                                                      1. re: Jack Flash

                                                                        we can all get in our cars, busses or whatever and go wherever we like...you don't think there's an issue with westside snootery?

                                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                                          I honestly couldn't tell you. If I'm snooty, it can't be "westside" snootery, is all I'm saying.

                                                                          1. re: Jack Flash

                                                                            If I wasn't clear earlier, it wasn't directed to you at all, or westside girl only, it's just an annoying trend...I used to live in SaMo and let's just say it was a lot different back then

                                                                          2. re: jessejames

                                                                            Why all the flippant pissing? This "attitude" is primarily an issue of practicality. I also live in the Westside. I try to cover as much territory as possible when it's practical. Is Walnut far enough out of the Westside for you? Went to Satay House on Nogales a couple of weekends ago - on a saturday midday. Traffic was kinda sucky but we wanted to expand our Indonesian options so we bit the bullet and went. But this is the exception. Like Westsidegal (who I have an enormous amount of respect for regardless of her handle or area of residence), we tend to stay in and around the Westside most of the time. I live and work here. Why would I boomerang out to say, K-Town for lunch? As much as I'd like to get to further explore this neighborhood and others that fall in Midtown and beyond, it's just not practical if one has an hour for lunch. Dinner? It's probably 45 minutes to an hour one-way. My free time is scarce, so traveling in and out of the Westside potentially lays a heavy toll on it. Try driving through West LA at rush hour to meet up with friends in Hollywood or some similar neighborhood. If you say you do and have no problem with it, you are either lying or have far more time to burn than I do.

                                                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                              It sounds to me like a solid point.

                                                                            2. re: jessejames

                                                                              The only issue with westside snootery that I can see is that
                                                                              the traffic all over L.A. is so brutal, NOBODY from any neighborhood really wants to go very far at dinnertime; we on the westside are no exception, and being somewhat isolated, we are pretty much prisoners here during rush hour.

                                                                              1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                Free VenusCafe! Free VenusCafe!
                                                                                Free Kevin!

                                                                                1. re: mc michael

                                                                                  You will need to free many peeps! Not a lot of Angelinos want to leave home plate during rush hour!
                                                                                  Fortunately for us, the Westside has great food options;
                                                                                  they might not have BAGUETTES, but they have restaurants galore, so baguettaboutit!

                                                                                  What needs freeing is gluten!

                                                                                  Free the Gluten!

                                                                                  1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                    "Free the Gluten!"

                                                                                    kevin's back...so at least the glutton was freed! (g)

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                      Where'd kevin go? Hijacked a food truck? Just came out of a food coma? Busted for flashing S Irene?

                                                                                      1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                        Seems as those he was given a "time out" for bad behavior...but he came out of the penalty box no worse for wear.

                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                          Much worse for wear truth to tell.

                                                                                        2. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                          "Busted for flashing S Irene?"

                                                                                          Even though flashing is no laughing matter, I did crack up at this line.

                                                                            3. re: jessejames

                                                                              I married a man who never went EOL (east of Lincoln). I was a Los Feliz person. We are proof that we can all get along.

                                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                                so what is it?

                                                                                either <<Not singling you out by any stretch>>
                                                                                or
                                                                                <<I was commenting on the person whose name embodies her posts and rarely leaves the westside>>

                                                                                to me, it feels definitely like the latter. . . .
                                                                                (mean-spirited too)

                                                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                  Wsg. Didn't mean to be mean spirited. I'm sorry I hurt your feelings.

                                                                      2. re: ns1

                                                                        I'm not sure what you mean, honestly. They are real in the sense that they're not just façades, but they were built as part of the grove. They were not pre-existing.

                                                                      3. re: Jack Flash

                                                                        Agree with lapizzamaven (below). The good points are one of the few remaining Barnes & Nobles, Nordstrom and proximity to the real Farmer's Market (what remains of it). The worst is the American Girl Store although it fits with the Caruso motif.

                                                                  2. re: westsidegal

                                                                    lots of folks happily live in that area and there's abundant good eats and positive attributes.

                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                      westsidegal, glad to hear your feelings about the Grove...the name Caruso makes my blood boil with disgust! now like a mutt marking more territory he's going to put his faux bullshit mark in Topanga...sickening!

                                                                      1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                        I hope you mean ON Topanga Blvd, at the Westfield Mall, not IN Topanga. I went Westfield last month for the first time and I was actually crying from frustration and could not imagine why anyone would be there. Even their directory kiosk was indecipherable and related to nothing. Don't know how even Caruso could wreck that wreck. Please confirm that it is not IN Topanga.

                                                                        1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                          sorry ya got yer panties in a bunch, VenusCafe...yes Caruso's redo will be on Topanga Blvd...if you dont think Caruso can "wreck that wreck" just wait...unless you like that faux thing!

                                                                          1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                            Thanks for clarifying!
                                                                            It's already dominant at Westfield...just another hateful place becoming more so.

                                                                        2. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                          laPizza~in reply to your post regarding twisted undrgarms that seems to have been removed: Ms DeMilo goes Commando nearly all the time! check it out at the Louvre.

                                                                          1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                            "Ms DeMilo goes Commando..."

                                                                            And yet she's been disarmed...

                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                              ...which would make her totally disarming!

                                                              2. re: jessejames

                                                                Olio was hugely disappointing for me. But I've since learned that Olio is one of those "must only go when *Sergio* is working" type of places, and I must have not gone at the right time.

                                                                Not that the pizza was horrible or anything, but it was VERY average.

                                                                Desano, which i posted about last week, is far superior imo.

                                                                1. re: TailbackU

                                                                  go figure....and grimaldi which has less than stellar reviews from the hounds, was pretty tasty for me....im a pepperoni nut and their pepperoni pie kicked ass.

                                                                  I read your review of desano and will have to check it out!

                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                    I like Grimaldi's as well!! Just had one bad recent experience, but the first time i went, it was great.

                                                                    1. re: TailbackU

                                                                      Glad to know! I've been craving it since I left. El segundo is now a dining destination for me.

                                                                      Curious to try the white or pesto pies. That 'roni is a masterpiece!

                                                                      Hire a messenger to deliver that to your office!

                                                                      1. re: TailbackU

                                                                        Agree about Grimaldi's..and there is no other NY coal style pizza like it out here. theyve been quite consistent too.

                                                                        1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                          I need to go more often and am glad there's consistency, because it was the best pizza ive eaten in California, maybe ever.

                                                                          all this about the different styles of pie...what about the really fucking tasty style of pizza? that's the kind I like.

                                                          2. re: chowseeker1999

                                                            browsing through 369 photos on Yelp shows Settebello doesn't actually only use 1 basil leaf on its marg pizza, though i did also notice the absolute sparsity of the basil once as well.

                                                            not saying it didn't happen, but for it to happen twice? beyond odd. bring your own basil branch? I mean, the stuff grows like weeds at my house.

                                                            1. re: TonyC

                                                              TonyC: they'll happily dispense more basil. simple request is all that would be needed. no need to bring your own anything.

                                                          3. Yes. The Margherita DOC is the platonic ideal of pizza. But don't overlook the rest of the menu. If you aren't in the mood for pizza, one of their salads (always fresh and never overdressed) and a salumi plate really hit the spot with a cold Moretti. Or pop in for dessert...Nutella pizza tastes a lot better than it sounds.

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                                                            1. re: happycat

                                                              agree with happycat about the salads. many times i'll go in and have two salads and an alcoholic beverage for dinner.

                                                            2. I found the crust at the Pasadena location to be tasteless.

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                                                              1. re: orythedog

                                                                That's funny - I find it to be light and delicious!

                                                                1. re: WildSwede

                                                                  OK, maybe the place deserves a follow up visit from me. I will report back.

                                                                  Looking at some of the other posts, it's interesting how views can be so divergent when people are eating the exact same thing. Case in point: Mozza Pizzeria. I have had that white pizza with sage and sausage added many times, and it is always delicious. Or...VITO's, always good, maybe even one of the best pies in the city, yet other's poo-poo it in favor of...gasp...Joe's.

                                                                  Still, I am always very willing to give a place another shot. And so it goes with Settebello. Maybe even tonight when I go to Old Town.

                                                                  1. re: orythedog

                                                                    I like Joe's until I have to pay for it. Then I just get angry.

                                                              2. I like it much better than Mozza. Mozza was a big dissapointment to me, because I was expecting it to be an authentically Italian style when it first came out. Instead it's kind of a puffy sour dough. But if you love Mozza pizza, you may just have different pizza taste. Settebello is more traditional in its Italian/Neopolitan style. Thin and crispy but a little soggy in the middle. Yum! Haven't had Ortica or Pizza e Vino yet.

                                                                Another great one if you like authentic Italian style is Milo and Olive.

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                                                                1. re: sarahbeths

                                                                  Milo and Olive is as far from authentic italian style as Mozza but not nearly as good!

                                                                  1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                    Yeah, that was just a bizarre thing to say after railing against Mozza.

                                                                2. For those who aren't familiar with Vera Pizza Napoletana, here are the requirements for certification (why Settebello is special - there aren't very many of these in the States):

                                                                  "1. Wood-burning oven. The real Neapolitan pizza must be cooked in a wood-fired dome oven operating at a temperature of about 900 F. Gas, coal, electrical ,or wood/gas combined ovens, while capable to produce a delicious pizza, do not conform to the Neapolitan tradition and are not allowed.

                                                                  2. Proper Ingredients: Only fresh, all-natural, non-processed ingredients (preferably imported from Naples or Campania region) are acceptable:

                                                                  a. wheat flour type "00": highly refined flour which has been milled to standard "00" (doppio zero). A small amount of wheat flour type "0" (Manitoba) is allowed to be added providing the percentage ranges from 5 to 20%. This variation is dependent on the external temperature and is used to enforce the '00' flour and not replace it.
                                                                  b. Fresh tomatoes: the following variations of fresh tomatoes can be used: "S.Marzano dell'Agro Sarnese-nocerino D.O.P"., "Pomodorini di Corbara (Corbarino)", "Pomodorino del piennolo del Vesuvio" D.O.P." Canned Peeled tomatoes: the recommended tomato is the "Pomodoro pelato S.Marzano dell'Agro Sarnese-Nocerino D.O.P.". If peeled tomatoes are used they should be strained, broken up and homogenised by hand. The use of fresh or industrially prepared "Roma" tomatoes ("pomodoro lungo tipo Roma") is allowed.
                                                                  c. Mozzarella: Certified mozzarella di bufala campana D.O.P, mozzarella S.T.G. (see attached appendices for suppliers and technical details). Fior di latte: "Fior di latte dell'appennino meridionale D.O.P" or other certified 'fiordilatte'.
                                                                  d. Extra Vergin Olive oil (EVO).
                                                                  e. Basil: Fresh Basil must be used.
                                                                  f. Cheese: Grated Hard cheese must be used Fresh Garlic
                                                                  g. Origano: "Origanum vulgare" from the "Labiatae" family.
                                                                  h. Sea salt
                                                                  i. Yeast: Compressed yeast, biologically produced, solid, soft and beige in colour ,with quite an insipid taste and a low degree of acidity must be used. Yeast must be purchased in packages ranging from 25-500 grams. (Saccharomices cerevisiae) (See Italian Decreto Ministeriale. 21/03/1973 e 18/06/1996). The use of Natural yeast (Sour Dough) is also permitted.
                                                                  j. All types of fat must be excluded from the dough.

                                                                  3. Proper technique for the preparation of the dough. Hand-worked or low speed mixer (fork or spiral). No planetary or vertical mixers are allowed.

                                                                  4. Proper technique for the preparation of the pizza. Opening the dough only by hand and slapping on the working surface, transfer of the pizza on a peel by hand and adjusting the shape, cooking on an oven with a temperature of not less than 900° F for a time not exceeding the 90 seconds.

                                                                  5. Proper Equipment. A proper work surface (usually a marble slab), a wood or aluminum pizza peel to introduce the pizza into the oven and a long handle metal round peel to turn and remove the pizza from the oven.

                                                                  6. Final Product. Pizza Napoletana must be not larger than 11 inches with a raised edge crust of about 1 inch and a thin center. The pizza should be soft and elastic, and easily foldable."

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                                                                  1. re: j_gordon

                                                                    j_gordon…you seem to be quite informed re these issues, so please clarify for me:
                                                                    Are VPN and DOC synonymous? What is the difference? I see that Settebello has both a margherita and a margherita DOC on their menu? What is the difference, and why would they have both? Are all of Settebello's pizza VPN…I assume they are not all DOC?

                                                                    1. re: josephnl

                                                                      D.O.C. stands for 'Denominazione di Origine Controllata', which means the ingredients used are controlled and have been verified/certified as being produced in a specific region of Italy.

                                                                      VPN is a certification given to a venue that adheres to the specific VPN standards, such as how the dough should be made, how it is cooked, etc.

                                                                      So, you can have a regular Margherita pizza (in a VPN certified venue), which is made to VPN standards.

                                                                      You can also have a Margherita DOC pizza, which is a pizza made to VPN standards, using DOC ingredients...i.e. buffalo mozzarella DOC (made in Campania), DOC tomatoes, etc.

                                                                      Hope that helps.

                                                                      I do know that the Settebello in MDR just received their VPN certification just a couple weeks ago.

                                                                      1. re: Novelli

                                                                        Thanks! Just to clarify, a DOC pizza must include only ingredients made in Italy, all of which must be certified as DOC? Has the DOCG (DOC guarantee) made it into pizzas yet?

                                                                        1. re: Novelli

                                                                          Settebello definitely didnt just receive their VPN certification a couple weeks ago...maybe the "seal' recently arrived but theyve been trained and certified since they opened their first branch near Vegas.

                                                                          1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                            Each venue has to obtain it's own VPN certification. VPN does not 'blanket' certify an entire chain and any of their future openings of new locations.

                                                                            The MDR location of Settebello received their VPN certification on March 27 2014 (I was there!). If you noticed, the MDR location did not previously have the VPN poster posted prior to March 27.

                                                                            https://twitter.com/settebellopizza/s...

                                                                            1. re: Novelli

                                                                              I didnt mean to suggest they get a blanket certification but i spoke with Peppe Miele before they opened and he said they were training them...must take a while for the "seal" to be made official...

                                                                    2. Love Settebello and love their happy hour specials.

                                                                      1. I think Settebello is overrated. I tried the Pasadena location once (had the margherita) and thought it was bland and I wasn't a fan of the bready/soggy crust, regardless of how authentically Neapolitan it supposedly is

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                                                                        1. re: Ernie

                                                                          I do agree that Settebello's pizza is a bit too soggy when compared to the pizza that's actually in Naples... but it's up there in LA.

                                                                          1. re: j_gordon

                                                                            Here is my MO when eating a Settebello pizza, sounds strange but it works and gets rid of the soggy crust issue: Order it "a little well done"; eat the pointed ends (inside) of all the slices first; then you can eat the remainder of the slices. Save the crust for dipping into their balsamic and spicy olice oil with some salt/pepper/red pepper flakes added. Sublime!

                                                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                                                              I assume this technique would also work at Sotto, 800 Degrees and Piccolo Ritrovo (as those are the purportedly Neopolitan pizzerias that immediately come to my mind and to which I've been). Of course, if someone comes by in mid-meal and sees that snapshot of your meal, with only the pointed ends eaten and all the crust ends arrayed around the plate, they may take you for an 8-year old; but, what the hell, it gets the job done.

                                                                              1. re: Wayno

                                                                                I would be happy being mistaken for 8. Been a long, long time. And really, who gives a shit what others think? Actually, come to think of it, I have eaten it that way pretty much since I started going which is about a month after they opened and I have taken people with me... no one has commented on my "odd" eating of the pizza!

                                                                        2. Ok I will have to go back and try their margherita pizza because the Diavola pizza i had there kinda sucked.

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                                                                          1. re: TailbackU

                                                                            Please make it a Margherita DOC. The buffalo mozzarella really is worth the added expense.

                                                                            1. re: TailbackU

                                                                              i don't like the diavola pizza either.
                                                                              imho, this style of pizza does not do well with ANY moisture-laden toppings such as the peppers; they bring too much moisture to the party.

                                                                              i stick with the DOC margherita.

                                                                              1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                do you like the settebello pizza? my perfect meal is half DOC and half settebello, no mushrooms. Sublime in my opinion.

                                                                                1. re: set0312

                                                                                  This is starting to remind me of Steve Martin's character in LA Story when he told the waiter: " I'll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon."

                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                    Lol I get it the settebello. Girlfriend gets the DOC (or vice versa) and then we split. We do not put the good folk of Settebello through all that.

                                                                                  2. re: set0312

                                                                                    since i don't eat meat, can't comment on the settebello.

                                                                                    normally i have the DOC with some extra raw basil leaves on the side.
                                                                                    the DOC arrives hot enough so that when i put the fresh basil on it, the basil wilts perfectly.

                                                                                    there was a time when they were offering a "special pizza of the week" that contained sun dried tomatoes (a love of mine) and burrata. normally they don't have sun dried tomatoes in the kitchen.

                                                                                    the sun dried tomatoes they used were extremely high quality, and i took advantage of their availability as much as i could.
                                                                                    i had the "special" pizza, i had the sun dried tomatoes put on a DOC pizza, i had them every way i could.

                                                                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                      The Vico is really good, too. And they will make it without meat.

                                                                              2. Maybe I was there on an off night but thought the one in the marina was mediocre at best. Soggy pizza that didn't have much taste.

                                                                                1. Damn you all! Now I got a hankerin' for Settebello. Thinking about it all day. Gonna make the trek tonite.

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                                                                                  1. re: Novelli

                                                                                    they don't need their pizza oven today, just using the sidewalk

                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                      Seriously! Right now I'm working in Norwalk and it's a scorcher (103 deg).

                                                                                      After-dinner gelato is a must!

                                                                                  2. Tried the one in Pasadena today for the first time. Ordered both the DOC Margherita and the Vico.

                                                                                    Very much enjoyed both, and that Margherita is pretty spectacular. Unlike others, we had several bits of basil on there, which was super fragrant.

                                                                                    Fantastic tomatoes and Bufala. Beautiful crust with just the right amount of char/blister and chew.

                                                                                    Will definitely return.

                                                                                     
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                                                                                    1. re: a213b

                                                                                      I went last week, also for the first time. Loved it, although my crust wasn't _quite as_ charred/blistered as it should be. Looks like they got yours just right!

                                                                                    2. Very good pizza. Had the Margarita with buffalo mozzarella in MDR. Very good service. Highly recommended. Much different that Mozza.

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                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                        Settled. I will try mDR followed by el seg Grimaldis.

                                                                                      2. Any rumour about when Settebello Newport will open?