This weekend I visited the farmers market at The Grove. I have heard good things about their pizza and I know there is a large collection of other great foods. The first place I went was Patsy's D'Amore's Pizza. I got one slice which was 3.50, a little pricey but the large cheese pizza was 15 I believe, so not too ridiculous. The taste was great. The sauce was just perfectly on the sweet side. Had a good amount of spices and flavor. Good cheese to sauce ratio. The crust was thin and a touch crispy. The end was a little doughy on the inside but not too much. It wasn't anything crazy just a simple slice of pizza. It is something I would order again - just a whole pizza next time.
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Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
After a long walk I finally came to Miceli's. This is an old Italian restaurant just off of Hollywood Blvd. That has pretty decent old Italian food. Now I know I said I wouldn't do restaurants that served pizza. But it is Italian and pizza is their specialty, so they say. So I tried it. Well it wasn't what I had hoped it would be. The ingredients tasted for real. The sauce was a good thick sauce and the cheese was well done. The crust is where it faltered. It was kind of chewy and a bit stale. Its a great restaurant with good Italian food. They have a live piano playing and singing waitresses too. I recommend the place just don't get the pizza.
Today I decided to walk down to Miceli's to get some pizza. Walking down hollywood Blvd. I was trying to remember what street it was off of and I totally missed it. Walked all the way to Vine. As I walked however I hit up a couple places that I missed on my "Hollywood Strip" outing. The first was Combo's. This was the best "big slice" I had. The crust was crispy and the cheese was good. The sauce was a little tangy and it didn't taste great to me. I was expecting it to be more like Greco's and it was a lot better, which isn't saying too much. Plus the price was reasonable. 3.50 for a "big slice". I'll take it. Actually I wouldn't, Stefanos is still better.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Well for all the pizza that exists on Hollywood Blvd. I couldn't do it all on one lunch. I had to go back and the first place I went was Venice Pizza & Deli. This was an interesting place, very nondescript place with Dairy Queen type booths and a big screen TV from 1990 in the back. A lovely lady took my order who seemed like she might be from a country that knows pizza. I had to order 2 cheese slices to cover the charge minimum. They don't deliver, and they don't have big slices thankfully. The pizza tasted similar to how the place looked a bit bland and unoriginal, but it was pizza its hard to not enjoy. The crust was thin and the sauce wasn't too bad. The cheese was a little thin and dried up a bit lacking that cheesy orange-white look. It wasn't the worst on this Boulevard.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I will complain about the big slice often. A lot of the pizza places around here have decided to invent a oversized slice of pizza. I don't care for it. I believe it is just a way to get more money from you by giving you less pizza. They charge you the price of 2 slices and give you a giant slice that in my opinion is not the same amount as 2 slices. We don't need a Goliath pizza, if I wanted to eat that much I would just order 2 slices. Plus they are usually not as good as a regular sized slice. They are made differently, individually rather than part of a large pizza and there is more crust and it's sometimes over cooked. I'll try to rate pizza places that do this fairly, based on the taste and not by the way that they serve it. But its hard to see past it for me.
My overall rating is based on the overall taste including the 3 basic elements: Cheese, Tomato Sauce, and most importantly the Crust and whether or not this taste was worth the price. The hardest part is ranking the pizzas, which essentially is a 10 star system. I can describe them all day, but boiling it all down to 1 number is almost unfair to everyone involved. So take my rankings lightly, please. Read the description, and if it matches your taste in pizza go with it.
The reviews as of now do not include restaurants that sell pizza, while there are places like this that have good pizza like Bosa Nova or CPK sort of, they aren't the pizza I am looking for. These places consider themselves Gourmet Pizza, whatever that is ? Some of these pizza joints will call themselves gourmet perhaps to sell more slices than the other, but it is usually just the same as the rest. I suppose you could say that pizza done in a different perhaps original style might classify it as gourmet but I think it's pizza that just isn't as good.
The main reason for this is to inform people and myself about the great pizza options around the area. LA is known for its great food options. There is great food everywhere you turn from taco stands to sushi restaurants. But there isn't as much pizza, or Italian in general. No cheese steaks, or buffalo wings for that matter, but thats a whole other blog. No, unlike NYC you can not find a pizza place on every corner. And when you do find a pizza place on the corner it is not necessarily good. The pizza around LA is hard to find but there are places out there that have good pizza, that is similar in style to that of a typical New York slice.