Cheesy, Savory, Delicious! Meat Lovers, Vegetarian and Vegan! A Pizza Journey - Superfine, Il Romanista, DeSano, Pizza Wagon of Brooklyn, Pizzeria Mozza, South End, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Prime, Lupetti, Triple Beam and More! [Thoughts + Pics]

So sorry to hear about your bad Triple Beam experiences!

My husband and I have been there twice and really enjoyed how light and delicate the crust was. That said, we went right after they opened, where Nancy was there often, checking up on things. Maybe I should go and grab their current lunch special and see how things are now… :thinking:

Looking forward to Prime Pizza opening up in Burbank! :yum:

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Errr… cuz they’re carb bombs!

Great report, I agree with @Gr8pimpin, LA’s pizza scene has improved so much over the last few years.


Thanks a lot @Chowseeker1999 , I fell off the locarb wagon with Pizza Wagon because of your report.



Side view of the Sicilian

Pizza Wagon will do any pizza on their Sicilian crust, including the pesto slice you tried.


My favorites in no particular order would be the porcini mushroom white pizza so mushroomy, the aribibiatta that is spicy and has pancetta, and the potato with sausage the potatos are in strip form but taste almost mashed while still having some chew and body to them


Buildout is underway


Thanks @JeetKuneBao! :slight_smile: I can’t believe you did an OOE at Il Romanista! I thought only @J_L and @PorkyBelly could accomplish that! :wink: There’s like 12 - 15 different Pizza flavors right? :sweat_smile:

I will try the Potato next time… I’m able to eat Pizza again (maybe next year)? :smile:

We were originally thinking of trying Apollonia but I think there were a couple FTC posts from people who tried it and said it was disappointing, so we skipped it.


Oh did you mean Michael’s Downtown (Long Beach), or Michael’s Pizzeria (Long Beach)? They both serve pizzas apparently. Thanks.

Thanks @lapizzamaven! It was thanks to you that we finally remembered to try South End and Superfine. :slight_smile:

We definitely liked South End. I wanna go back and try more flavors. What are your recommended pies at South End? And is the “24k Pizza” really worth $101? :sweat_smile:

For Triple Beam, everyone in the group was definitely disappointed. It was one of the places we were most looking forward to, and I don’t know if it was bad luck or what, but in both visits, with everyone’s slices in our large group, we all got lukewarm-cool (almost cold) Pizza slices. :frowning: And that was after asking them to heat it up, watching them take it away and then give it back to us a few minutes later.

I’m so glad we tried Superfine thanks to you and @ipsedixit. Some great Pizza! :slight_smile:


chowseeker, glad you made it to South End…I forget the names but the pie with sausage and one with pesto & ricotta are my faves…between you & me, the “gold” is too strange for me(worth it? how can it be?)…still understand the cold pizza at Triple Beam…I always tell people make sure its hot whenever I get reheated slices…never had a problem(maybe they were upset by the mass shootings)…Finally shared a fresh pie at Superfine…I told them to “brown” the sausage …they did and it was great! glad you had Ean excellent experience there


Chowseeker, I finally made it to Apollonia’s, too, really enjoyed the pepperoni, & white Sicilian/square slices…tiny bit burnt but very flavorful!

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Yes. I went to the Michael’s Downtown near the Promenade area. Very good pie. Good leopard spots. The dough had a good amount of salt which I know you had some complaints about at other joints. Neopolitan style but not too soupy in the middle. They don’t have pepperoni. They use soppresata instead and we loved it.

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Hi @Bookwich,

Thanks! For a traditional Neapolitan pizza with soupy center? I will have to admit it’s not my favorite style. The only 2 places we’ve been to locally that are serving Neapolitan with soupy center would be Settebello and L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. It’s been a few years since we last went to Settebello, but I think we liked it more. If we go back in the near future, I’ll report back and let you know. :slight_smile:

DeSano calls its pies Napoletana as well, and says they follow Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN)'s strick guidelines.

But their pies aren’t the liquid blob that @PorkyBelly and I had.

If you consider DeSano’s pies to be OK to consider what you’re looking for as well, then I’d choose DeSano easily. :slight_smile:

I hope you like Il Romanista! Please report back. :slight_smile:

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Thanks @Gr8pimpin. I think you’d really enjoy Superfine and Il Romanista, but definitely, as you said, if you don’t like driving too far, and if both of those places are super far away, like with Langer’s (that you were asking about), I think all 3 are culinary standouts, excellent, but maybe only drive that distance if you have other errands / reasons to visit L.A.

I think the amount of added expectation from you driving a massive distance (and you don’t enjoy schlepping) would probably detract from your ultimate enjoyment of those places. :frowning:

We tell our friends in Orange County all the time that we’re glad to hang out and show them some tasty places here in L.A. But for them to fight traffic and spend, say, 2 hours one way on the road (during prime traffic) to make a dinner reservation with us is too much added pressure / annoyance / inconvenience that would color their feelings for dinner.

How many restaurants in L.A. can you tell your friends it’s worth it for them to fight traffic and spend 2 hours just to get there to eat at? :sweat_smile: :cry:

You really appreciate great food, so I hope one day you can make it out to L.A. and enjoy Langer’s, Il Romanista, Superfine, etc., but only when you’re up to making the drive (maybe for other errands or visiting other places around L.A. as well). :wink:

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Hi @Happybaker,

That’s great you made it to Triple Beam when Chef Nancy Silverton was there (during their early opening period)! I think that certainly made a difference.

I had no idea they were opening a Prime Pizza in Burbank! My friends in the area are going to be so happy. :slight_smile: If their quality is like the OG Fairfax location, then we’d be glad to visit that spot whenever we’re passing through / hanging out with our friends there.

I’m 100% sure I will love il Romanista. I love REAL Roman pizza, especially the potato. I have fond memories of my time in Rome. Potato pizza was the best of all.

I need to do a Romanista / Grimaldi’s bang bang.

And it’s not that I’m not willing to drive somewhere, there are just certain foods I typically do not feel a value to drive for. I won’t drive for a hamburger or hotdog and it’s a pretty hard sell for me to drive to go get pizza, for whatever reason. Langers I feel like I have A good representative of an old school deli in Brent’s close by. But I would drive for Mexican or to the SGV for Chinese. Go figure.

You my friend are a warrior.

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It’s no more traditional that half a dozen others such as margherita and mushroom. I did not find their stuff very similar to Roman pizza a taglio.

Hi @Gr8pimpin,

Sorry you fell off the No Carb wagon! :smile: But it was thanks to you and your early reports on Pizza Wagon of Brooklyn that made us want to try it. Everyone in our group was glad that we did!

Yes, I forgot to add that as a place as well: Pizza Wagon of Brooklyn was another place on this Pizza Journey that we’d be glad to return to. And I know I’d take my vegan friends who might be craving a pizza as well.

Thanks for the tip on their Sicilian! I had no idea they would make any of their pies with Sicilian crust instead. :slight_smile:

How could I not come here for lunch today? Il Romanista never disappoints. The slices were piping hot. The crust was crunchy. Great all around.

The Amatriciana is my favorite. Love the tomato, sauce and pancetta combo.

Also had a crostino americano - sausage, parmesan and mushroom. Great earthy mushrooms. Scant few pieces of sausage but good flavor.

My only problem is deciding between 2 or 3 slices.


My experience with Roman pizza is that it’s often not piping hot. But it should at least be pretty warm. I was just at pizzerium bonci last month; I think it’s generally considered one of the best places in the world for this kind of pizza. Half the pieces were luke warm; they heated them but none were piping hot. Place was still great though.

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bang bang Lou’s x Prime Pizza

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