Made the trek out to Santa Monica Saturday night and was surprised to find the new place fairly busy. Seems like an okay place to get a pie and some beers and the staff was friendly.
The Chicago-style pizza 12 inches, with lots of cheese and chunky tomato sauce that could use a little more spice. The outside edge is a little odd -- it's more like a fat, doughy NY-style crust. But it all tastes pretty good. It's better than Stone/Oak Fire Pizza and BJ's (no surprise there).
The NY pie did not fair as well. Tasteless, crunchy crust and a mild cheese flavor that overwhelms the nearly invisible sauce. Toppings didn't seem special, either. Wouldn't get the NY stuff again -- ever.
Santa Monica may finally have an option if you're looking for fatty, chunky Chicago-style, but those in search of NY pies will still be heading to Joe's.