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mr.foodie | Feb 3, 200802:20 AM

Hi, all. I'm a big fan of this site, and of this community. I read this board often, however rarely post. I consider myself a dedicated foodie, and I try to eat at the most acclaimed places of every ethnicity -- whether they're upscale or holes-in-the-wall (or on four wheels), and regardless of neighborhood. that's my intro.

I've long heard about the fabled Casa Bianca pizza as being the "best in LA." I live in West Hollywood, and hadn't yet made the pilgrimage to Eagle Rock for pizza. I'll set the stage a little... Today was a great day to eat pizza. I hadn't eaten anything since breakfast. When me & my girl strolled in to Casa Bianca around 5:00pm we were chilly, and famished. It was around 50 degrees outside, and the wind was gusting. Inside, the place was packed & lively & warm, and smelled great... All in all, these are what I would call very favorable conditions in which to enjoy large quantities of hot pizza! (right?)

okay, let's get to the pizza review... we ordered a large pie -- half vegetable (mushroom, olive, artichoke, etc.), the other half meatball & mushroom. it was incredibly below-average! what a disappointment. cardboard-y (machine-made?) crust. not merely frozen pizza-esque (because there have been some innovations in frozen pizza crusts); rather this was like Mama Celeste ("abundanza") low-budget frozen pizza crust! what a travesty. and the toppings... the veggies looked & tasted like they were out of a can; definitely the artichokes were, maybe the olives and mushrooms. the meatball half of the pizza was similarly uninspired. (and i don't care to hear about the much-ballyhooed fennel sausage, because that couldn't have redeemed this pizza -- i don't care if they sprinkled kobe beef on this.) This pie lacked honesty.

And of lesser importance, but reflective of the overall mediocrity: the garlic bread was phony, with a garlicky oily breadcrumb mixture slathered on warm rolls; and the cannoli came with multi-colored sprinkles on either side & maraschino cherry!

it wasn't that expensive, and besides, i don't even care about the price -- i'd pay double that for an culinary experience that had some authenticity/integrity to it.

(Seriously, I made homemade pizza for the 1st time ever a couple of weeks ago using a simple mark bittman recipe for the dough, trader joe's sauce (to save time), and good ingredients diced in cuisineart -- and it was much, much better than this place.)

There's just so many places to get a good pizza in LA: casa buono, mozza, terroni (even albano's on melrose & patsy's in the farmer's market), etc. Why go here? It's a california-style fraud, with a charming/inviting old neon sign out front.


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