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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mother Dough

My motivation for writing about pizza has been low lately. I eat pizza all the time, but work and other daily tasks move my blog to the bottom of the shelf.

Today is different, because Mother Dough is here. The pizza is just the kind of pizza that brings my motivation back, tenfold.
A simple place in Los Feliz that is focused on Italian tradition. It has a few appetizers, 5 pizzas and a chocolate mousse that would make Heaven look like Hell. Also a small selection of some great beer and wine.
The pizzas: The classic margherita, prosciutto and arugula, sausage pizza, a zucchini pizza, and a vine tomato with olive oil and cheese.

For once I didn't get the classic Margherita, but I can guess what it tasted like. I did get the prosciutto and arugula, which I have never been a huge supporter of, but it was good. The prosciutto and arugula were both put on after the pizza was cooked.
Though the two other pizzas I ordered were some of the most amazing pizzas I have had, the sausage was a simple margherita with a generous amount of some of the best sausage I have tasted.

Then there was the oven-roasted vine tomatoes, smokey olive oil and sea salt with basil and buffalo mozzarella. This one was unique and just so perfect.

These Neapolitan style pizzas were spot on not only with tradition, but with flavors, textures and over all enjoyment.
All of the pizzas used a buffalo mozzarella cheese, which was so creamy and soft and just melted in your mouth.
The sauce was a simple tomato sauce, very light with a slight tang. Not an overpowering sauce at all, though all the pizzas I had, had toppings so the focus was not the sauce. That being said, every pizza I devoured had no overpowering flavors. They all were just as equal and worked together for an overall experience.
Then there was the crust. A near perfect crust. Cooked at 850 degrees, the pizza came out in about a minute with a golden brown outside, mixed with spots of charred flavor throughout. The massive wood fired stone oven was a beautiful site that did a perfect job with the pizza. The crust was soft and chewy on the inside. The flavor was amazing. All the flavors you want in a crust were there: smokey, salty, sweet and charred flavors.
The only fault I gave it was, the crust did not get as crispy as I prefer it. I like a little crunch at least on the outer edge. But thats my opinion and the fact it didn't have that crispiness did not make me enjoy the crust any less.
The crust and overall ideology of the pizza very much reminds me of Roberta's in Brooklyn, NY. Though I still give them the edge.

The name of the place refers to the fact that a little batch of dough from each day is carried over to the next day. So each batch of dough has some traits from the original batch from when the owner started making pizza.
Of course this is all in theory. Part gimmick, part tradition. It doesn't matter though because the pizza is outstanding. You pay the price but for the quality of ingredients and the skill level in which this pizza is made, I think it is worth it.
Best Neopolitan pizza in LA for sure.

4648 Hollywood Boulevard Los Feliz CA
Price: $$$

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fresh Brothers

Fresh Bros. is a growing chain. It's got pizza, salads and wings as it reminds you all over the place. The wings are good, the make your own salad is great. The pizza, well, not the best. Though it is not terrible by any means. This is the kind of pizza that a lot of people might actually like. People that might not be so picky about their crust.
The sauce is a very flavorful sauce with lots of spices, only slightly sweet. There is a generous amount of it and it does indeed taste relatively fresh. The cheese also has a generous amount and tastes pretty good. The toppings, one was pepperoni the other personal size pizza had mushrooms on it; were under the cheese and cooked to a good crisp. I can't speak for the mushrooms but the pepperoni's did not over power the pizza like they usually do on a pizza.
The pizza is not too greasy and tastes fresh even if it isn't. So everything is pretty decent up to this point. It is an average to slightly above average pizza if you really like the crust. I however did NOT like the crust. It is cheap pre made dough, that is cake-y and dense. Yes it was thin, but not crispy. It was just chewy and bland. Not the right material at all, nor the consistency I hope for in a well made crust.

2008 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach, 90266
Locations also in:
Redondo Beach, Marina Del Rey, Westlake Village and Calabasas
Price: $15 for a 16''

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pizza Blog Resurgence ?

Sorry to my readers for not updating with new exciting pizza places recently. I have taken some time off to think about what I have here and how I can make it better.

Here are my current goals for this website.
1) Keep the reviews shorter, I am not much of a writer.
2) create a map of all the pizza joints
3) create a list of all places sorted by Pizza Slice ratings.
4) And finally post more places.
- because I am definitely still eating pizza, so why not write about it.

Pizza Puzzle

Pizza Review #276
Here is my review of a pizza, that if I had eaten it, it would have tasted like cardboard.

I ordered this large pizza from London, so needless to say I wasn't expecting the best pizza. When the box arrived, it was quite small and I was worried I got ripped of. The max size of pizza that would fit in the box would probably be around 7 inches. This is no large pizza. Perhaps there was some meters to inches conversion problems.
Then once I opened it I realized that there was some assembly required. What kind of pizza joint makes you create your own pizza. I was very annoyed. It took me several days of 3 plus hours of work to make my own pizza.

On the plus side, it came pre-cooked so no time wasted there. The pizza was very flat, it didn't have much of a rise is the dough. It was also slightly over cooked. The sauce appeared to have been cooked twice. Once off the pizza and once on the pizza. The cheese looked good, it was pure mozzarella and had a generous amount on it. The toppings however did not look appetizing.
In fact I couldn't quite distinguish what was even on the pizza. There were green peppers that was for sure, though they were soggy and over cooked. From there it was anyones guess. I believe there was chicken and possibly garlic. Though they both looked surprisingly similar. Also possibly slices of canadian bacon, or pepperoni, again not quite sure.
Either way it looked like a terribly dry, over-cooked pizza with a lot of flavor but the wrong kind of flavor. Not to mention I think it was actually made out of card board.
This pizza is the worst pizza I have ever ordered. It ended up being the assembling of the pizza that was the highlight.

Pizza Puzzle
London, England
Price: $$$$$ (for shipping)
-1 pizza slices

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