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Food

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.

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People say that Los Angeles isn't a pizza town, but I beg to differ. There's Casa Bianca, and Hard Times Pizza. Over here on the Westside, we've got the Coop and a bunch of other great places. You just have to keep trying places that aren't big chains till you find what's good.

So I'll try Joe's. But if you guys from John's are out there, it's never too late to jump on the bandwagon -- everyone's doing it!!

John's Pizzeria, 278 Bleeker Street, NYC
Joe's Pizza of Bleeker Street, 7 Carmine Street, #7, NYC
Casa Bianca Pizza Pie, 1650 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Hard Times Pizza, 2664 Griffith Park Boulevard
Coop, 10006 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Photo of John's by vidiot, photo of the Coop by bossco, both via flickr