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Notes from the inbox: New York pizza

March 30, 2009 |  1:09 pm


After last week's article about New York pizza, others had plenty to say about the topic. Selections from the inbox:

... Anyway the last thing that I'll mention is how sick I am of ordering a SLICE OF CHEESE PIZZA. When I go to a pizza place and say "give me a slice" and they say "of what?" it drives me nuts. If I wanted MUSHROOM, I'd say "give me a slice with mushroom". Default is cheese. It just is. Crazy. -- Matt from Brooklyn

The truth is that WATER MAKES A DIFFERENCE and the owner of La Rocco’s told me that he uses water equivalent to NY water that is provided by a water company in Southern California to make his pizza.  I suggest you eat at La Rocco’s and speak to the owner.  He used to own his own pizza restaurant in NY City for decades before coming to Culver City. -- Carl from Brooklyn

One thing I would add that you might have forgotten. In New York they never cut the pizza into more than 8 slices no matter how big the pizza is. -- Steve

The final acid test for REAL NY PIZZA is its price. Pizza is cheap. Except for in Manhattan where everything is skyhigh priced, a large cheese pie (not delivered) will be no more than 11 bucks. THAT’S the BIG PIE we're talking about here....  New Yorkers and Jersey people would gladly tell Johnny what he can do with a 20 dolla pie, forgetaboutit. -- Harry from New Jersey

Take away? The article was fine, I'm not carping but c'mon, ask a group of Italians if they get pizza to take away and see the response. -- Ken from New York

Among the pizzeria recommendations:

LaRocco's Pizzeria, 3819 Main St., Culver City, (310) 837-8345, www.laroccospizzeria.com.

Hard Times Pizza Co., 2664 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 661-5656, www.hardtimespizzala.com.

Paisanos Pizza & Pasta, 1132 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 376-9883. 

Mulberry Street, 240 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 247-8100; 347 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 247-8998; 17040 Ventura Blvd., Encino, (818) 906-8881, www.mulberrypizza.com.

And a request:

Are there any good pizza places in the west San Fernando valley?

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Pizzas at Vito's Pizza. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times