My first stop on the LA pizza journey was the touristy strip on Hollywood Blvd between say La brea and Vine. This strip is probably the most like NYC in the hustle an bustle kind of way. Semi-tall buildings, flashing lights and large crowds of people. Also a lot of pizza places. There are almost as many pizza places here than in all of Hollywood it seems. Unfortunately all the pizza is sub par.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The first stop was Andre's Pizza between La Brea and Highland. I was in the gym across the street trying to work off some pizza fat standing right in front of the window staring straight into Andre's pizza. So that was the end of my work out, I finished my last crunch and walked straight out the door to Andre's.
It was my first slice so I enjoyed it seeing as I was hungry. But looking back it wasn't great. A single slice of pizza here was way over priced (as most of them are on this strip). If you get a large pizza here it is more reasonable. They do deliver. Although I wouldn't call, the taste was kind of bland and the crust was generic tasting and kind of doughy.
I kept walking and hit the second spot before I was done with my first slice. Greco's, this is one of those "big slice" places that are just stupid to me. It was almost 5 dollars for a large slice of pizza that I honestly couldn't finish which is rare. The pizza place put on extra spices to over compensate for its bland taste. The crust was just so generic and stale, even more than Andre's. If it was a normal sized slice I would have finished it, but 2 servings of bad pizza no thanks.
Of course this is the one place that has 2 locations on Hollywood Blvd.
Before I threw my pizza in the trash I came upon another place that sells big slices. After that first bad experience I couldn't stomach another "big slice" so I skipped it.
I came to a place on hollywood and Las Palmas called Stefanos (two guys from italy). I was relieved, finally a decent pizza on hollywood. I have been to this one before and I remember now how good it was. A normal sized slice a normal price and a great slice of cheese pizza. Great taste, crispy stone oven baked crust. Good sauce and cheese to sauce ratio. The place has a great feel to it and they have pac-man and other video games in the back. So I stayed there awhile and ate another slice. I was full after that and had to go home.
I will continue down the hollywood strip next in part 2.
Andre's Pizza - 7038 Hollywood Blvd.
Greco's Pizza - 6814 Hollywood Blvd. / and other locations
Stefano's Pizza - 6705 Hollywood Blvd. / and other locations
Posted by JAB at 10:50 AM