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?
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.