Arb Cafe is a relatively new place in Studio City. It is co owned by 2 guys, one from Ann Arbor Michigan and the other from Brooklyn. When approaching this place you get a sense that it is a little trendy snobby, the Cafe in the name brings to mind a certain feeling not necessarily associated with pizza. I guess this is the Michigan side showing through. When you go in it feels a little more like a NY pizza joint, and the guys working behind the counter fit this stereotype.
I ordered a 14 inch cheese pizza it was 15$ and change, a trendy price. Now I did not specify a Brooklyn style pizza. I have come to understand that there is a difference between their house pie and a brooklyn pie. If this is the case I should go back, because I was not impressed with the pie that I got. Everything tasted fresh, the cheese was pretty good, but just too much of it. This followed suit with the sauce which also was slopped on heavy. The crust was a little thicker than it should be and did have the right texture to it. It was cooked pretty well, and the outside was crispy but because of the nature of the crust it did not get crispy on the bottom.
The flavors are pretty good, heavy but good and fresh. It was just the texture and the amount of everything that made it fail to me. Perhaps I am missing their actual brooklyn style pizza, but if this is so good, why not only serve it that way.
Arb Pizza Cafe - 11946 Ventura Blvd. Studio City 91604