After seeing many years of east coast transplants [yes, I am one of them] whine about the lack of a certain style of pizza in Socal. I have woken up to realize the cry has been heard and while the options are not near the best I've ever had, they are a reasonable substitute.
The latest option poped up in Culver City a few weeks ago. LaRocco's is a small hole in the wall on Main Street. We had a project which needed to be slogged through on a Saturday night and Dommy and I thought ordering a pizza and a salad would sate our appetites for the work ahead. We ordered sausage mushroom and onion and it was one size only, a large 18" Pie.
When I went in to pick up the pie the place was more of a slice joint with a case of premade cut up pies ready to reheat for the orders which came in. Our pie though was hot and fresh from the oven when we came in. Also in the case were garlic knots and they looked good so I added them to the order and the counter guy reheated them while we waited.
The Verdict. Salad was Fesh Greens and a tasty dressing but it is what has become standard fare in Socal. I told Dommy a salad which came from a East coast place would be mostly Iceberg Lettuce, raw onion, styrofoam tomatoes, Cukes with a pepperoncini and drowning in Italian dressing if you got the Antipasto add cold cuts to that mix.
The Garlic Knots had potential. They were drowning in garlic and olive oil and the bread was good but because I ordered last minute, they weren't fully reheated.
The Pizza looked good and smelled good on the car ride back. The crust was thin, strong and floppy but not crispy or as flavorful as I like. [My gold standard is the original Pizzeria Regina In Boston] There was a good amount of cheese though it as a little light on the other toppings. What set this Pizza apart for Dommy and I was the sauce. It had enough flavor and a little acid to cut through the rest of the Pizza.
I am glad they opened and are so close maybe I can get them to keep my pie in the oven a little longer.
My top 4 LA thin crusts are:
Joe's Bleeker Street Santa Monica
Bollini's Pizzeria Napolitana
3819 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232
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