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Antica Pizzeria: eh....

Dommy! | Dec 21, 200503:46 PM

I think we all have one… our Chowhound list… I keep mine in my day planner, a little post it note with scribbles on new restaurants to try.

However, on occasion a restaurant that ends up on your list and it suddenly gets a stream of slams on the board. You fret… should you take off the list, should you give it a try. For me, that restaurant was Antica Pizzeria. I asked BF about it, telling him about all the slams. He kinda shrugged it off and said he still wanted to go. Well, no time better than the present, aye… and so, we went…

Located in the Gelson’s shopping center near the end of the 90 Freeway. Driving past it countless times, I was struck walking in how SMALL the space is. They make good use of it, but really, there aren’t that many tables. Nevertheless, on a Friday night, we walked right in.

Antica Pizzeria gets its claim to fame by being the only restaurant in L.A. serving REAL Pizza. They have an Italian seal to prove it and everything.

But still, to a chowhound, seals, zagat ratings, thumbs up means nothing… It’s all about how the chow tastes, and going in with low expectiations, here’s what we got…

The table bread was dense, not particulary tasty, but I did enjoy the table olive oil infused with garlic and chile…

Carpacio: Raw MEAT! One of my favorite things on earth… This was a very tasty version with lots of shaved parmesan and capers on top.

Chopped Salad: Although we got off with a good start with the Carpacio… this salad was a complete dispointment. Large, but it was not nearly chopped as I’d like. Further, the dressing was just greasy! No flavor at all… pouring the table olive oil on it would have been a better idea.

Fungi and Procuitto Pizza Special: I love both mushrooms and Procuitto and this pizza did not disappoint. The Procuitto was not baked with the pizza, instead it was layered on top as kinda of a garnish (A heavy garnish), it was a bit lean, not to salty, so it really added and did not distract from the Pizza at all. The only complaint from BF was it had bit carbon on the underside of the crust. He grumbled a bit about them needing to clean their oven.

Sausage and Rappini Pizza (NO SAUCE): This pizza plainly says on the menu, no sauce. The waitress warned me, it has NO SAUCE, saying, all Pizza don’t need sauce… So I won’t really complain about it not having any sauce, but REALLY a bit of sauce would not hurt it at all!! Despite the lack of sauce, it was pretty good, the sausage was well flavored and plentiful and the rappini perfectly done.

Finally, I’m not one to rant about service (I go to a restaurant to be fed. I get my adoration from genuine sources…) But I have note which the service was not bad, it was a bit rushed. Our appetizer came out right away. They saw me push my salad away and quickly came by to pick it up. After that was picked up, our pizzas magically appeared. After pizza munching ended, we were offered a dessert menu! Keep in mind, there was NO one waiting for a table!!

I hated to write this review because I thought the Pizzas were good. Damn good. So I’m kinda of a loss, because I would be happy to return and have another one of their pizzas. But odds are, that return will be for pick up only.


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