So they opened today. Everyone in there is very nice. It's "New York" without being fake or obnoxious. Place had a great vibe. They serve slices and whole pies, along with sandwiches/salads. I had slices.
Pros: Fresh mozzarella is spread around the pizza for every pie. There's no other New York style place like this in LA (even at Vito's and Joe's you have to pay extra for this option). The toppings I had were great and the pizza itself just LOOKS great.
Cons: The crust is a little too thick throughout the pizza. The sauce is canned, and since they really cake it on, it takes down the flavor a couple notches. There's no sweetness to it. The pizza tasted pretty good when I had a bite with a gob of cheese, but when you get a bite with just sauce it's not right. The balance is off -- thicker crust, heavy sauce, light cheese.
All that said, I will happily give Verrazano's another go (probably with a whole pie; some places have much better pies than slices and vice versa). Today was the grand opening and they're nice people who I'd like to see succeed. Hope today was just opening day jitters and the pizza is better next time.