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Review of Mother Dough

Went to Sotto recently and found the quality of their pizza toppings to be exceptional. The crust however, was bland, lacking in tartness or flavor. The pizzas were a little too doughy in some places and a bit soggy in the center, but not nearly as soggy as the pies at Mother Dough. (Maybe that's a feature/problem with the Stefano Ferrara ovens?) All in all, I have problems, but totally different ones, with the pizzas at both of these places. I still prefer Bollini's to both of them.

May 03, 2011
Baconriffic in Los Angeles Area

Review of Mother Dough

I'm totally with you on being annoyed by places that don't cut their pizza into slices (looking at you, Terroni). It's not like the pizza doesn't eventually need to be cut. It just means you have do it at your table with cutlery that's usually inadequate for the job, leaving ragged edges and a mess of toppings.

I also dislike the placemats. In general, I find it annoying when restaurants tell me how I am supposed to enjoy my food (unless it's something completely wacky and weird that needs explanation). If the food is good, it will speak for itself.

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Terroni
7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

May 03, 2011
Baconriffic in Los Angeles Area

Review of Mother Dough

Wow, I'm going to have to disagree with most of the people on the board who love this place. Quite honestly the worst "Neapolitan" pizza I've had in a long time -- mainly because of the crust. The quality of the ingredients was very high. The ambiance was nice. The service was good. The wait wasn't long. Unfortunately, the crust was awful.

We ordered two pies, the sausage pizza and the one made with buffalo mozarella and oven-roasted tomatoes. The tomato pizza arrived at our table with the cheese swimming in puddles of olive oil. The sausage pizza was also dressed with unnecessary olive oil. In both cases, when we cut into the pizza and picked up slices, they were so greasy, most of the toppings slid off. The edges of the crust were nicely blistered, but it was wet and soggy in the middle. Ick. Over the next few days, we ate at other pizza places around town to remind ourselves that Neapolitan pizza is NOT supposed to taste like that.

I want to give Mother Dough another chance, especially since most other people seem like they've had good experiences. (My friend's boss has already been there 3 times and loves the place.) But it was so bad, I am dreading it.

Apr 20, 2011
Baconriffic in Los Angeles Area

San Francisco foodie needs recommendation for "date night" restaurant in LA

I find that I can get reservations to lots of difficult-to-get-into restaurants by calling on the day-of. Call after lunch, 1-4pm. They should have a few cancellations by that point. People get sick, busy, etc. Caveat: this works best with small parties (2 people) and on weekdays. But it has also worked for me on weekends.

Mar 23, 2011
Baconriffic in Los Angeles Area

San Francisco foodie needs recommendation for "date night" restaurant in LA

I second Rivera. Also, you could try John Sedlar's newest restaurant.
Red Medicine (Jordan Kahn), despite the controversy, is a hot ticket.
So is Lukshon (Sang Yoon).
Animal is great but not what I'd call sophisticated. Chefs Jon & Vinny recently opened a new seafood-themed restaurant, Son of A Gun. Haven't been there so can't vouch for its sophistication level.
I also second Lazy Ox Canteen. Great and lots of fun but also not super sophisticated. Chef Josef Centeno just opened another restaurant next door, Aburiya Toranoko. Also, you'll be in DTLA so you'll be right near lots of bars if you want to go have a cocktail after dinner.
Hatfield's is a good idea.
Providence is always great.
A-Frame is definitely not sophisticated and the wait takes FOREVER.
Tasting Kitchen and Gjelina, both in Venice are great, though not new.
The new Royce is supposed to be very good but I haven't been. Good idea!
Scarpetta is EXPENSIVE and in a part of Beverly Hills, that has very little nightlife and pretty much dies after 8pm.

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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A-Frame
12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

Scarpetta
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Red Medicine
8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

Tasting Kitchen
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Mar 23, 2011
Baconriffic in Los Angeles Area

Boneyard Bistro Tonight

The fried mac and cheese wedges at BYB didn't wow me -- sort of like gilding the lily. But I thought their brisket was great!

Oct 07, 2008
Baconriffic in Los Angeles Area