Today I drove into Sherman Oaks for a late lunch. To a place I used to eat at a lot many years ago, when I was just a boy selling newspapers at the local stand next door. Everyday I would get a slice. After standing for 8 hours outside in the heat a great slice of pizza filled my needs. This time I got more than a slice, I ordered a large 16 inch cheese pizza, for 16 dollars. A little on the pricey side but the ambience is a relaxing small pizza joint with big TV's for sports and a few beers on tap.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I was in Silverlake, on my way to Nicky D’s Pizzeria, when I saw Hard Times Pizza. When there’s one pizza place, there is always another, so I kept my eyes open. You know you have a pizza problem when you stop for pizza on the way to getting pizza.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
This weekend was the San Gennaro Precious Cheese Italian Food Festival. Quite a name, a bit deceiving though, there wasn't that much cheese there, but I guess precious is a brand of cheese so the focus was not in the cheese but more in the Italian food. One kind of Italian food is pizza of course. So I felt obligated to go.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Today I had an hour to kill before a rockin' comedy show at the Improv. Went to see a friend of mine Smooth-E, aka Eric Schwartz. Check him out. On my way I ordered a medium cheese pie from a place called North End Pizzeria. They have 2 tag lines that are both interesting. One in much smaller letters saying "Boston's finest". This is an interesting statement, you don't hear people claiming an authentic Boston pizza very often. Thats not to say they don't have good pizza. It is possible this chain, if it is one, started in Boston. It didn't seem like a Boston style pizza to me more NY style, but thats a good thing. The second slogan was "Simply the Best Pizza in Town" ha, if only it were that easy. A simpler way of putting it would have been "Best Pizza in Town" or just "Best Pizza" or "Simply the Best" made famous in ads for Ford or Chevy I can't remember, also by Tina Turner. Anyway I'm not talking advertising, sorry.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This is one of the few places I’ve found that has wood fire ovens. Another in the same town down the road is Il Capriccio. I heard good things about this place so I went to check it out. It was a pretty interesting place, on the second story of a log cabin looking place. I picked up a medium cheese pizza, not a large this time I guess I’m trying to watch my weight, ha. It was only $12 for a 14 inch, not too bad. I asked the guy if I could take a picture of the oven, he acted like he gets that all the time. I don’t know, maybe he does.
Anyway on to the pizza...
Monday, September 15, 2008
After I realized I couldn't say I have a pizza blog until I tried this place, I went to try it. The official name is Joe's Pizza. This of course could be confusing since Joe isn't exactly an original name. So it adds on to the name "of Bleecker St." not only for originality but to let you know that, originally this is a NY pizza place. There is another Joe's and it is on Bleecker Street in Manhattan, and also Brooklyn. So needless to say there is definitely a reputation to live up to here. It's not just boasting its New York style it boasts that it is New York.
I just want to give a little prelude to a blog posting on Joe's Pizza.
The other night I was in the downtown area. I had already had Pit Fire Pizza, so next on my list was LA Pizza Company. The great part of this place is it was open late. Just a little delivery joint with a friendly staff. It was going on 12 and I hadn't eaten any dinner, just some wine and cheese at this other crazy event, but I'll save that for another blog.
712 N. Figueroa St 90012
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
There is a lot of pizza on the sunset strip. More than I thought. There is the NY style pizza joints like Frankie and Johnnies, and Mamma Mia’s. Then there are more California fancy pizza type places, like Pizza Rustica. There is another place that I just discovered, called Panini that has better pizza than all of these places.
This is a classic Rock n Roll joint, dingy and dark, with seemingly good pizza. I waited a few minutes for the pizza since I was a little early. I got a regular cheese pizza, a medium for 15 dollars. I think the large was a dollar or two more. They also have a personal size for about 7. I have to say I expected worse. Being on the sunset strip this wasn't too bad. In comparison, the personal sized pizza I got from Red Rocks was 13 dollars and less than half the size of the medium from the Rainbow. So way over priced.
Next I went down the street to Red Rocks. The bar tender took it from a shelf where it had been sitting behind the bar. I feared it would be cold. I got it to the car and it looked dry and indeed cold.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Sorry for the delay in pizza posts. I have been away visiting family up in Davis outside Sacramento.