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LA Pizza: Grimaldi's Finally Open

lapizzamaven | Jan 30, 201403:10 PM

Well, it took a while to get there and, once there, several elements almost turned me around, but Im glad I hung in there...First, my fault...i turned the wrong way on to Rosecrans from the 405. even though i knew i wasnt heading towards the beach, the street numbers were headin in the right direction so i kept going...ok, so then we turned around and saw it right in the heart of a business park(is that what ya call it?), no street parking, only structure parking but we got lucky...then walking through a maze to get to the pizzeria...everything i dislike about California. once we entered it was huge and packed...seemed like everyone in the complex was having lunch there...which is good but there was a 30 minute wait...again, Lady Luck intervened and we grabbed 2 seats at the bar....while we waited i walked around and scoped out the pies...some looked real good...nice puffy, slightly charred crust and cornicione. Others looked on the pale side and very flat...I actually feared the crusts would be crackery and too thin...i explained, perhaps over dramatically to the mgr that i didnt want an under cooked pie and i thought he was gonna smack me...he said sometimes they cook it less if someone asks...fair enough...OK, cut to the chase...i have to happily admit that it was the best NY style pizza in LA! thin crust, nicely charred and with a nice chew! not crackery at all....very good sauseeege, in chunks not the pathetic slices that Joe's uses. as an aside, Joe's on Bway in SM was the best when they first opened but has since gone way down hill. nice fruity sauce with none of the common over oreganoed flavor...and very tasty mozz....thats all i got 1:30pm it had emptied out enough to be comfortable, which is when i will go the next time i feel like havin a great NY style pie! sorry for the lousy foto..too crowded and i didnt feel like movin around.

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