Since suffering the final straw of bad service at my former "go to" Pizza place in the La Canada /Montrose / NE Glendale area, I have been searching for another option. I think I finally found it.
Fratelli's is tucked into an unpromising looking shopping center on the South side of Verdugo Blvd. across from the Vons shopping center in the Montrose/NE Glendale area, just SW of LCF.
Inside, there is a dining room tucked away around the corner from the take out counter and pizza kitchen. It's old school, with italian music, checkered tableclothes, family photos and assorted italian pottery - not fancy, but a welcome repreive from the cold corporate interiors of CPK and other chain restaurants.
An entirely separate reason to stop in arrives it the form of a cold pint of Stella Artois fresh from the tap. Yes! (They have Sierra Nevada on tap too and other offerings in bottles). After you cool down, the wine list has a small but decent selection of pizza appropriate wines (warning, the reds tend to be room temp, so if you get a bottle, consider asking it to be chilled down on ice for a few minutes).
If you like garlicky spit roasted chicken, try theirs. And the mambo salad was good too. But I came for pizza, damn it, so on to pizza.
I should disclose my pizza preferences/prejudices first. I do not find Casa Bianca pizza very good. I do find Pizza Antica and other truly neopolitan pizzas to be good. I prefer thin, chewy but tender and almost crisped crust, flavorful sauce and high quality toppings used sparingly. Una Pizza Neopolitean in NYC would be my gold standard.
Fratellis offers a wide range of choices in terms of toppings, sauces and crust thickness. I ordered a small, extra thin crust, with the arribiatta sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil and kalamata olives. It was excellent. My only criticism would be that the crust could have been a little crisper. The crust was very thin, had nice flavor and texture. The sauce was excellent - spicy and garlicky. The olives were bursting with intense flavor, the cheese was not overdone and the basis was fresh and fragrant.
My daugher got an individual sized cheese pizza, and the crust was much thicker/puffier, the sauce was blander and the cheese was perhaps more heavily applied. I liked my variation much better.
I will return for sure. Give Fratelli's a try and be sure to tailor your pizza order to your preferences.
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