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A Tale of Two Pizza Places (Well, Five Really)

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When I started this article, I was happy. Pizza happy. I had misread an entry on EaterLA and thought John's Pizzeria was opening a Santa Monica location. (I wasn't the only one.)

To qualify this, let me explain my connection with John's.

My husband (a pizza connoisseur ) and I go to NYC about once a year, and usually, the night we fly in, we check into our hotel and go straight to John's. It's my husband's favorite pizza in the world -- thin crust, with just a hint of charcoal from the oven, drippy with cheese and delicious sauce (it's well spiced, but not spicy. Spicy sauce has no business in pizza!) We get ours with mushrooms sausage and tomatoes.

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Sometimes, we go twice on a trip (which is usually around three nights.)

But then, when I was checking my sources for this article, I realized that it was Joe's Pizza of Bleeker Street. An institution I have never visited. New Yorkers seem to like it. It's a slice place, which is different from John's, where you have to buy the whole pizza.