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Casa Bianca

Tom Armitage | May 12, 200007:45 PM

A formidable list of Chowhounds--including Jonathan Gold, Jenji, and Bruce--as well as a number of Los Angeles restaurant reviews, have touted Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock as serving pizza that is among the best, if not the best, in the Los Angeles area. Despite my respect for the opinions of these Chowhounds, I must file a dissent. The pizza I had at Casa Bianca last Wednesday night was awful. I had the "deluxe" pizza with sausage, mushrooms, peppers, and extra garlic. The second person in my party of three had the sausage pizza. The third person (my wife) had eggplant parmagiana but shared my pizza. All of us had the same reaction to the pizza. Tough, cardboard crust. Tomato sauce with no discernable flavor. Toppings that were, at best, average. I left half my pizza uneaten--something totally out of character for me. The pizza at Casa Bianca didn't come close in quality to the pizza that I regularly eat at Farfalla's (the one on Hillhurst), with a thin, tasty, crispy yet tender crust, great tasting tomato sauce, and first-rate toppings like spicy salami and gorgonzola cheese. As a note to Jenji, the pizzas we had at Casa Bianca were sliced traditionally, not in a star shape.

Jonathan, Jenji, Bruce, and others, help me out here. Have you eaten at Casa Bianca recently? If so, do you really think the pizza is still all that wonderful? I am having a hard time reconciling my experience with yours. I suppose I could give Casa Bianca a second chance, but I'd have to do so without my wife, who is still blaming me for ruining her evening. (I tried to make it up to her by taking her to Campanile on Thursday night for toasted cheese sandwiches, washed down with a bottle of 1995 Villa Pattono Ratti. Now that was a good meal!!!)

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