I've been on this continuing search for awhile now, my go to calzone was at Buono's in San Pedro. A darn good calzone but last friday they really let me down. The crust was flat almost doughy, seemed like it was not cooked on top. Everything inside was cooked and delicious as always. So I decided to take my friends advice and try a place in Century City across the street from the mall.
I have a new BEST and it's at Johnnies New York Pizzeria! They have a few Calzones one being a make your own version (3 toppings) for 9.95. I tried the Johnnie's Calzone (Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, garlic, mozzarella and green peppers) for 8.95. All Calzones come with a side of marinara sauce which is pretty good. Kind of light on the herds but a good compliment to the zone. Other Calzones are the Mushroom and Pepperoni and the Giovanni. Which consist of Ricotta, mozarella, fresh spinach, roma tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil and oregano.
The outer crust is amazing, very crisp, light and held everything together nicely. If you cut it in half and eat it like a sandwhich the crust will hold up for most of the meal.
The ingredients were all fresh, since the sauce is on the side it doesn't suffer from sauce saturation like most other Calzones. Plenty of cheese and toppings and everything was cooked, I can't stand it when you bite into a Calzone and the cheese isn't completely cooked.
Free refills on the soda topped this meal off.
What really surprised me is that this is a small corporation based in Scottsdale Arizona that beat out a local family joint with a strong tradition of making great food.
Century City 10251 Santa Monica Blvd. 310 553 1188
Marina Del Rey 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd. 310 821 1224
Santa Monica 1444 Third Street Promenade 310 395 9062
Miracle Mile 5757 Wilshire Blvd. 323 904 4880
City National Plaza (downtown) 505 S. Flower St. 213 488 0299
West Hollywood 8166 Sunset Blvd. 323 650 8128
West L.A. 11676 Olympic Blvd. 310 477 2111
Malibu 22333 Pacific Coast Highway 310 456 1717