I have evangelized about Abbot's for years and stuck by The Coop on National and Manning in Palms. I can no longer deny the absolute perfection of a slice of thin crust Brooklyn-style pizza from New York Pizza on Santa Monica at Sepulveda. Located in an unassuming strip mall (isn't everything in l.a...) on the South side of the street, the place has horrific ambience and simply brilliant pizza.
The crust was salty and thin with a hint of chewiness that complimented the soft, fresh mozzarella above it. I prefer my cheese bubbly and brown and both slices had a golden glow speckled with crispy, flinty shards. The pepperoni was greasy and garlicky and the orange flood that poured down onto my paper plate was enough to convince me that i will be a regular.
Ignore the faux "pizza place" signs that contain such cliched slogans as " I spent almost all my money on beer and pizza, the rest I just wasted". They have a certain charm along with the plastic rimmed fake brick walls if you can look past their absurdity. Simply sit, smile at the local guys who are meeting for post (or pre?) work beers, and throw down at least 2 or 3 slices. I just returned back from a summer in Brooklyn and Joes would be proud.
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