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Sicilian Pizza, you're breakin' my heart...

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Sicilian Pizza, you're breakin' my heart...

Arthur | Aug 14, 2006 06:44 AM

I mentioned this in passing on a different pizza post a few days ago and now realize the topic deserves its own narrowed thread: I still have a very soft spot for intentionally and unmistakably thick, square-cut "Sicilian" pizza. The stuff used to be ubiquitous in pizza display cases, yet now seems noticeably out of favor in our thin-crust-insistent culture. But I still love a good hearty slice of it from time to time.

Since moving to L.A. more than 15 years ago, I've found very few places make it well (if they bother to make it at all anymore). My favorite in town is at Lamonica's in Westwood Village on Gayley, where IMHO they get it just right: perfect thickness (I'm guessing just under an inch), crunchy and a bit crackly on the outside, chewy in the center, gooey cheese and spicy sauce. Even if it's been sitting on the counter for a while, it's always the best choice there (and I remain a fervent supporter of the entire Lamonica's lineup).

Any recommendations for other Sicilian pizzas would be appreciated, preferably on or near the westside.

And just to be clear, I'm not looking for debatable alternatives like Chicago-style pies, Zelo's or Barone's. Been there, done 'em, loved a lot of 'em, but they're not what I'm seeking here. Just good old-fashioned Sicilian, please.

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