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Eating at Grimaldi’s LA
03/03/2014 by
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Lombardi’s or Grimaldi’s? That’s the age old question when it comes to pizza in New York City.  Grimaldi’s is the other gourmet pizza place that often rivals Lombardi’s (see my post of it here).  Grimaldi’s opened up another new location in Los Angeles (El Segundo), and I went to try it out.

This is restaurant #8 on my 2014 LA food expedition.

We ordered half and half.  The first half was your typical margherita style pizza, and the second half was pepperoni and sun dried tomatoes.  The crust came out kind of thin than what I was thinking for a “gourmet” pizza.  In fact, the crust was rather too crispy in such a way that it tormented parts of my mouth like when you eat overly toasted bread.  The margherita half was quite good sans the crust.  The cheese was very good.  It could’ve been great had it not been too hard.  On the other half, the pepperoni was disappointing.  I was hoping for larger pieces, but they came out with little mini pepperonis.  Between the two halves, I prefer the margherita.

Now let’s talk about that crust.  We have a chain here called Blaze Pizza, where they throw your pizza into an oven and bake it in less than 5 minutes.  Blaze’s crust is very similar to this in that it’s between thin and regular.  The only exception is that Blaze Pizza is significantly cheaper, and their crust doesn’t tear up your mouth.

Because of the crust, I personally prefer Lombardi’s over Grimaldi’s.  As for how it compares to other pizza pies in LA, I don’t think it really stands out, and there are quite a few other pizza joints I would take over Grimaldi’s.

Visit: Grimaldi’s Pizza, El Segundo, Los Angeles
#8 of 52 2014 LA food expedition


Eating at Lombardi’s Pizza NYC
05/19/2012 (rev. 08/11/2012) by
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Whew, I only have 2 more New York City food posts including this one.  Previously, you may have noticed the sliced pizza style.  Here we have the gourmet pizza.  This one is courtesy of Lombardi’s Pizza.  On one side, we have italian sausage and pepperoni, and the on the other side we have margherita.  As with all pizza, it’s all about the toppings, crust, and flavor.  The crust is pretty good for what it is.  It’s homemade and has that oven brick feeling to it.  The dough is not too thick and not too thin.  It also is a little crispy too.  The italian sausage and pepperoni are my least favorite.  Look how small those slices are.  The meat themselves were average, but I think I would’ve enjoyed that side more had the toppings been more populated.  On the other side, the margherita was delicious.  You can definitely taste the tomato sauce.  It tastes very genuine and homemade.  It’s not salty, and the acidity of the tomatoes really shine in this.  All in all, I like this side more than the other.

Lombardi’s all in all is pretty good for what it is.  For that pizza you see here, it costs about $20.  It’s a must have if you have to have New York gourmet pizza pie.  But if you are like me and prefer slice, then you might think much of this.

Visit: http://www.firstpizza.com

Eating at Rosario’s Pizza NYC
05/12/2012 (rev. 08/11/2012) by
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The one thing that New York City is suppose to be known for is the pizza! By this point, I have not been to a gourmet pizza joint in NYC yet.  On the other hand, I do love slice pizza way more than gourmet in general.  Above is a picture of a regular pepperoni slice of pizza.  This was pretty good.  I like thin greasy slice pizza with loads of grease.  It tastes exactly how it looks.  I don’t particularly think this pizza slice is that much better than places here in Los Angeles.  What I do like though is the price is cheap for what you get and how they give you a lot of pepperoni.  Most places here in Los Angeles give such few pepperoni pieces that it annoys me to get sliced pizza here.  But Rosario’s on the other hand wasn’t stingy about it such that I desired to save the pepperoni portions of the pizza for last.

Visit: Rosario’s Pizza, 173 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002