I've seen this place both praised and maligned here on CH; I've been eating there since 1992 or thereabouts (worked down the street) and discovered it by chance looking for a good lunch place (after having grown tired of Canter's and the Farmer's Market (pre The Grave)).
Went there (Damiano's) last Friday night and had a goat cheese and pepperoni pizza and a romain/tomato/red onion salad with my Significant Cat, and was once again exceptionally pleased (we both were).
Say what you will about the questionable service, possibly unclean kitchen ("B" rating this time) and the darker-than-dark dining room (what are they hiding?), but oh, what a pizza! I'm smiling just thinking about it. Nice firm THIN crust (the "points" held firm) and -- my favorite -- the SAUCE (must be an LA thing, this whole sauce-over-crust ideal). Something about their tangy (which I pronounce "tan-gee" after watching a middle-eastern TV chef pronounce it that way, LOL) tomato sauce hits all the right buttons inside of me, and the crust is perfect.
When I lived nearby, I'd order "delivery" but there's nothing that beats a Damiano's pizza hot out of the oven. Now that I've been banished to the Valley, Damiano's is a rare treat (even though they deliver up here), a true untouched LA gem that delivers quality, flavorful pizza in a wasteland of Papa John's (as in "I need to use the John").
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