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Love at first Slice!

(left to right) Deanne Saffren, Mulberry Pizzeria's owner Richie Palmer, and LAArtsOnline's writer Ashley Halverson, White Cake, Lorna Luft's Chopped Salad, Chicken Parmigiana, Sausage & Peppers Hero, Meatballs & Spaghetti, Sausage & Peppers, and Mulberry's famous cheese pie (Photos Paige Petrone)

Love at first Slice!

  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photos By Paige Petrone

When my office first moved to Beverly Hills 20 years ago a friend who worked nearby said she knew of a great pizza joint.  We met at Mulberry Street Pizzeria.  We snagged the last checkered cloth table and reveled at the variety of autographed head shots that lined the walls praising Richie Palmer for his recipes. The cute Italian boys behind the counter brought delicious fresh bread with a bowl of marinara to dip.  Then came our pizza.  It was love at first slice.  Those celebrity laden walls weren’t lying. We met there every Friday for years until her job moved away. Luckily for me I still work within walking distance and can have it as often as I’d like to.

It’s Richie’s mother’s marinara sauce that makes the magic for his pizza and many of his other dishes as well like the tender and flavorful meatballs that are Sly Stallone’s favorite or the Eggplant Parmesan that Mickey Rourke orders at least once a week. The local firemen, Arnold Schwarzenegger and our very own Paige Petrone all recommend the Sausage & Peppers Hero.  Sweet sausage, peppers and onions ~ an Italian proud tasty tri-fecta. If you’re seeking salad then try the Lorna Luft Chopped ~ a shareable classic tossed with vinaigrette and yummy chucks of mozzarella. Be sure to save some room so can try the white or chocolate cake. Or take it to go!

Mulberry Pizzeria has four locations. For details, click here.

BEST NY PIZZA IN LA!

Lamonica’s NY Pizza in Westwood and Joe’s Pizza in Santa Monica (Photos Paige Petrone)

BEST NY PIZZA IN LA!

  • Story / Photo By PAIGE PETRONE

When I arrived in Los Angeles over 20 years ago I was forever in search of New York style pizza. I grew up in Queens eating some of the best pizza (I think) you can get anywhere. We used to have pizza every Friday night. A Sicilian pie – square with a thick crispy crust – was our favorite. This is a type of pizza you just don’t see often in L.A. A regular pie should be thin crusted, dripping with lightly seasoned marinara sauce, covered with mozzarella, and should most definitely crack when you fold it to eat.

So I searched and searched, and I finally found it! The first was Lamonica’s NY Pizza in Westwood. They offer an amazing variety of pizza by the slice. It was just like being back in Queens. Delicious and pretty darn close to what I crave. The dining area even resembles a NY subway platform. So fun!

Second, I found Joe’s Pizza in Santa Monica. Joe’s offers up the same as Lamonica’s (thin pizza by the slice) with just a slight difference. I feel Joe’s is slightly thinner and has more sauce on their pies. But the fabulous news is that both are offering up the Sicilian slices! If I had to choose which is better, I’ve decided I just couldn’t. I’m a big fan of both. Check them out.

Lamonica’s NY Pizza is located at 1066 Gayley Avenue. Joe’s Pizza is located at 111 Broadway in Santa Monica.

Felix is Fine!

Felix Restaurant (Photos Kymberly Chase)

Felix is Fine!

  • Story / Photo By Kymberly Chase

Felix (an Italian restaurant) is a lovely new addition to the Abbott Kinney dining scene in Venice.

It’s a joint collaboration between Chef Evan Funke and Gusto 54, a restaurant company owned by entrepreneur Janet Zuccarini. Felix is inspired by the deeply rooted culinary traditions of regional Italy and enriched with ingredients grown by California’s greatest family farms. The dinner menu features house made breads like focaccia and sourdough, and a variety of antipasti like fried squash blossoms, artichokes and pork meatballs. The Pizze’s dough is hand mixed. I fell in love with the Diavola pizze with tomato sauce, smoked fior di latte & salame napoletano, which arrives at your table uncut for you to slice up on your own. Super cool.

Evan Funke is an Italian culinary storyteller and a master of the old world techniques of handmade pasta. The glass room, officially called the pasta laboratorio, allows guests a full view of the pasta operation which adapts its techniques to create dishes from different regions in Italy. The most popular are Pappardelle with bolognese ragu from the north; Tonnarelli Cacio E Pepe from central Italy; and Strascinati with maybe the best sauce ever created; and Orecchiette with sausage sugo and broccoli from the south. Dining at Felix was a spectacular experience and I can’t wait to go back!

Felix is located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

DELANCEY PIZZERIA!

Delancey’s Pizzeria and Bar’s Stanton and Greenwich Pizzas (Photo Paige Petrone)

DELANCEY PIZZERIA!

  • Story / Photo By PAIGE PETRONE

In my quest this month to feature some of the best pizza in L.A., I came across Delancey Pizzeria & Bar in Hollywood. When I arrived for lunch the place was lively and bustling with guests enjoying authentic Italian cuisine.

The menu is filled with traditional offerings with a twist like their house made Gnocchi with Wild Boar Ragu. Surprisingly, this was really tasty to me, as wild boar is not usually paired with gnocchi. All the pizzas are house made as well, but again with a twist. There is nothing traditional about the selections here. I think that’s what makes it so special. We also nibbled on two specialty pizzas (the Greenwich with prosciutto and arugula and the Stanton with burrata and olives), the Chopped Salad, and Fried Calamari. Again, all were special, in their own ways.

A large bar area offers a fun night scene that is extremely attractive as well. It’s really perfect for pre-theatre bites or post-show cocktails and appetizers. Great pizza and cold beer sound good to me at any time!

Delancey has been “open for nine years and is going strong” says owner George Abou-Daoud, who also owns The Bowery bar down the street, the newly opened Farida on Hollywood Boulevard, and several other restaurants in the area. Each place has a cool vibe with divine ambiance.

Delancey Pizzeria & Bar is located at 5936 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. For all of George’s restaurants and details, click here.

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