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Toddy G's Pizza in Downtown Los Angeles?

Anybody been? They say they're New York style but everyone is raving about the deep dish. They say they do slices but they have organic toppings. Very confused.

Nov 10, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

Ortica is good. It's kind of a Mozza ripoff except with a classic Neapolitan crust. It's still a big jump up to the ones he mentioned though. Honestly, whenever I eat from the best pizza in NYC, it takes a couple months to acclimate to what we have here.

I haven't had the other two, but since they're so rarely talked about on pizza blogs I doubt they could be transcendent. Have you had them? Are they worth the trip from LA?

Nov 02, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

Antica Pizzeria in the Marina is a better pie than Pitfire and Bollini, and Mozza is great. But you aren't going to get anything close to Keste or Patsy's.

Oct 30, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Olio

I think Mozza travels better. Antica, too. Had a couple pies there, one take out and it was already dying when I got it home.

Oct 28, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Olio

I've been a couple times. Service is iffy to start but the pizza really is pretty good. Not up to Mozza or Antica yet in terms of crust, but the Margherita with Burrata really is fantastic.

Oct 22, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

New Yorker in LA looking for the best Indian, Chinese, and Pizza! Where do ex-NYers eat??

While most of the best pizza is in New York, I find that many New Yorkers assume that ANY pizza there is superior. Not the case. What pizza places do you like in New York? If you want Motorino, Keste or Co. you're out of luck but if you've been doing slice places, there might be something. Besides Mozza, I've had luck at Village, Garage, Vito's and Lamonica's.

Sep 03, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

I think crust is a lot more subjective than tomato sauce, but I think it's really tasty. In terms of crust I would just sit and eat without the aid of sauce and cheese, Mozza is definitely near the top, if not the top. It's great bread. It's more like bread like pizza crust in fact. If you're talking what crust I wanna eat in conjunction with cheese and tomato, Mozza is way below all of NYC places I listed.

Perhaps the crust is affecting the sauce. Maybe there's too much taste.

Jul 29, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Anybody try Nancy Silverton's Focaccia at Mozza yet?

They're serving it at Mozza2Go on Mondays now. Is it worth the trip during rush hour?

Jul 29, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

I could be wrong, but I believe that's the Pomodoro sauce. They only serve that with the special Burrata and Oregano pizza. And that sauce, like you say, is gooooooood.

Jul 29, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

alba, how can you say this is overrated?

Jul 27, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

His brother doesn't make pies, but he's involved in prep. That's at least as of last year.

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

Jul 27, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

What's your favorite crust? I really think the Mozza crust is fantastic, but as you've heard a thousand times, it IS more like a bread than a pizza crust. Still love it.

Also, "tragedy" is a little tongue-in-cheek, but the sauce honestly kills the margherita and all the tomato sauce variation pizzas (salami, meat lovers, etc) for me. If I judge a non-tomato Mozza pizza against the rest I've had in the country, it's top 8 for sure, maybe higher. With tomato... I'd almost rather have Vito's (on a good day).

Jul 27, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

I'm speaking specifically of the Margherita, the basic tomato sauce. I love the other ones and I've taken to getting the special with Burrata, oregano and pomodoro sauce. But I'd just love to have a basic margherita I could enjoy.

Jul 26, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

Funny you mention Artichoke. I had it when it first opened and was not a huge fan (though I didn't have the Sicilian so I will try again). And what you said about Bianco was heresy! I haven't been there since he retired so I don't know if something changed, but that's the best pizza I've ever had and I've had just about all the big guns in NYC, SF and Chicago.

Jul 26, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

If I hadn't had such great sauces at other places, I would be more inclined to believe your Italian bf. Does everyone in Italy have automatically great taste in food? I'm mostly kidding, I'm sure he knows his stuff. All the big hitters use San Marzano but they all make SM taste better than Mozza does to me. Oh well.

Jul 26, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

The Achilles Heel of Pizzeria Mozza

After recent food-heavy trips to NYC (Di Fara, Co., Motorino, Keste and more) and SF (Delfina, Pizzaiolo, it's a budding pizza town), I am now, more than ever, bewildered by the achilles heel of Pizzeria Mozza. How can you figure out what is possibly the best crust in the country and then completely blow the SAUCE? It's an American tragedy!

Pizza sauce doesn't have to be sweet, but that earthy, muddy sauce Nancy cooked up doesn't mix with the cheese and the dough at all. Most other great pizza places have sauce you wouldn't mind drinking, but with Mozza I find myself scraping if off so I can enjoy the crust. If your pizza sauce tastes completely different from the best places in NYC (I would say Keste, Di Fara and Lucali) and Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, I can assure you, you're doing something very wrong.

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Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jul 26, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Insomnia Cafe's gone, now where to write?!

REJOICE. Insomnia is open again.

Mar 31, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Insomnia Cafe's gone, now where to write?!

They're closed 10:30PM during the week. Insomnia went to 1ish.

Mar 25, 2010
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

NY+C Pizza -- 1 out of 2 ain't bad

Made the trek out to Santa Monica Saturday night and was surprised to find the new place fairly busy. Seems like an okay place to get a pie and some beers and the staff was friendly.

The Chicago-style pizza 12 inches, with lots of cheese and chunky tomato sauce that could use a little more spice. The outside edge is a little odd -- it's more like a fat, doughy NY-style crust. But it all tastes pretty good. It's better than Stone/Oak Fire Pizza and BJ's (no surprise there).

The NY pie did not fair as well. Tasteless, crunchy crust and a mild cheese flavor that overwhelms the nearly invisible sauce. Toppings didn't seem special, either. Wouldn't get the NY stuff again -- ever.

Santa Monica may finally have an option if you're looking for fatty, chunky Chicago-style, but those in search of NY pies will still be heading to Joe's.

Oct 11, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

What to order at Osteria Mozza?

I get it every time. It's awesome, but the oreccheiette in Vegas at B and B (I think there's rabe instead) is better.

Sep 25, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Pizza in/near Long Beach

I've hit just about every pizzeria in Los Angeles and am meeting a friend in Long Beach this weekend. Is there a pizza place in or near Long Beach that's got great stuff? Just so you know my tastes, in LA I like Mozza, Vito's, Antica, Village, Joe's, Garage.

Apr 29, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Italian Pizza

Angelini Osteria is closer to Italy.

Apr 27, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Lady Jane's

You can't assume that every repeat customer gets treated poorly because, quite simply, they don't. The number of complainers on this site is very, very high, but there's a lot more people eating there than complaining on Chowhound. And I imagine most of them self-respect.

Feb 13, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

First Thoughts: Two Boots - Echo Park

Went in with low expectations but it wasn't bad. It's a thicker and puffier than most NYC style pizza and the sauce definitely has more kick to it, but it's not bad. And in LA not bad is a compliment. It's not as good as Vito's or Joe's (even though it is slightly more expensive than both of them), but it's better than most of the stuff around town. And the store itself is cool.

Feb 08, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

For Pasta--All' Angelo or Osteria Mozza

I agree, but I heard All'Angelo dropped their prices and went all Trattoria.

Feb 07, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

NYC's Two Boots Pizza Coming to Echo Park

Any reviews?

Feb 07, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Lady Jane's

I've lived literally around the corner for over 9 years and go there all the time so I'm still pretty confident in my statement. Also, in all that time I've only seen one or two incidents where they could have handled it better. The young people there are very nice, although Jane seems to be oblivious.

Feb 05, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

NYC's Two Boots Pizza Coming to Echo Park

Two Boots is opening tomorrow. Thanks to this thread I'm no longer excited but I will try it. Oh, and Joe Peep's? Yer nutz.

As average as Joe's of Bleeker is by NYC (actually Brooklyn) standards, it's still about as good as you'll get out here.

Feb 05, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Lady Jane's

I said this in the other thread, but I love their cheesecake and I've never had bad service. And I've been there more than anyone on this thread combined.

Feb 04, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area

Verrazano's Pizza on La Brea

I've never seen them busy. Kind of a bad location where there's no traffic and awful signage. That said, if the pizza was killer they would have been fine.

Jan 25, 2009
sloanedone in Los Angeles Area