Black Angus Steakhouse Bulls Eye Bar
Bridget and I visited the Bull’s Eye Bar at Black Angus Steakhouse in Northridge, Ca. and we ordered a few items from their new bar menu. The tasty pizza dough is supplied by http://www.pattyspizza.com/
10” round thin crush with 8 slices.
Pepperoni and Baby Portabella Pizza
Fire-grilled crust with pizza sauce, pepperoni, baby portabella mushrooms, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. $8.99
http://www.pattyspizza.com/orders/ Check it out. Black Angus has enjoyed a reputation as a family style steak house. Yet, I haven’t visited a steak house in the last decade, or maybe the last 2 decades. I have some very happy memories of Black Angus Restaurant visits with my small children and their grandparents in the early 1990′s. Pizza forward to 2012, I cook better, I eat healthier, and I share more….I love the crispy pepperoni coins on the Bulls Eye pepperoni pizza. They grilled the crust very well. I’m not a huge fan of BBQ chix pizza because usually the sauce steams instead of grilling the crust. But the Bulls Eye Bar did a great job of avoiding this common problem. I wish a long and happy pairing of Black Angus Bulls Eye Bar and Patty’s Pizza.
Chix pizza on left, pepperoni on right.
La Vecchia Revisited by this cub reporter
Glad you enjoyed the restaurant. I read your post and wanted to mention that we do make our own dough in house daily.
La Vecchia Cucina
I was happy to be corrected on my post. I have a huge amount of learning to do on my path to foodie editor. After I write and post about a restaurant that I’ve visited, I like to send my link to the management of the restaurant. This particular time I received an email back from the manager of La Vecchia restaurant to correct my statement about their pizza dough (see above) I’m so embarrassed, that I forgot to ask the 5ws that I learned in highschool. ha ha. who, what, when, where, why.The pizza crust at La Vecchia was so perfectly prepared and cooked that I presumed that it wasn’t made “in house”. I gave it a better review than I thought it deserved. So, now that the management has let me know, it isn’t made ‘in house’, I must change my mind. I stand by my thoughts, that this is one of the best happy hours that I have ever visited in the LA area. This posting is about pizza, not happy hours . So,.. I like it less, knowing that they make their own dough, daily. The taste was flat. The crust needed a crusty rim with lots of air holes. Their crust needs a more wheaty taste and they should add more salt to their batter. Signing off as your Cub Pizza Reporter. I live and I learn.
La Vecchia, Santa Monica CA
La Vecchia has one of LA’s best happy hours. They offer smaller, but not small, plates of their best selling dishes at reduced prices along with happy hour prices on their wines. I ordered my favorite margarita pizza. The crust wasn’t made ‘in house’ but it was nicely charred the way I like my pizza. Their pizza was topped with a sweet tomato sauce, fresh basil leaves and stringy mozzarella. The crowd at the bar was lively on a weekday night. The room was noisy but not overly loud. My girlfriend, Debbie, ordered the pizza rustica. It was not to her liking and the management noticed and took it off our bill. Nice touch, La Vecchia.
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park, CA
It is a good thing when my busy family can eat together on a weeknight. I wanted a location that all of us could get to quickly. Nick comes from Downtown LA, Danny and I drove from No.Hollywood and Angela is in Hollywood. Angela suggested Mohawk Bend, http://mohawk.la/about/ in Echo Park. They have a large and varied menu that we liked because of our different diets. I ordered the ‘Holy Trinity Pizza’ (aka margarita). The sauce was so good it could have been made by me. The crust had a great chew, I would have liked it to be crisper. I had 2 pieces leftover that I warmed up in my toaster oven tw0 days later. They had the right amount of chew and crispiness. Across the table from me, Jerod enjoyed the ‘Able Farmin’ vegan pizza. They have a large menu of non pizza items and a huge (72 taps) beer menu.
Udi’s Pizza Cafe
I was in Denver last Tuesday and I visited Udi’s Pizza Cafe in old town Arvada Co.
Udi’s is a Denver based business with many specialties, a local artisan bakery, a catering company, 5 Denver cafes, and 2 national baking companies. I had a tasty mango and avocado salad. I shared my sister’s very yummy gluten free margarita pizza. The gluten free crust could be called crispy flat bread pizza.
My dad ordered Udi’s ‘lunch special’ pepperoni pizza with a chopped salad, all of which, he enjoyed.
Our server. Michael, was polite, knowledgeable, and fun.
February 6th was my mother’s 80th birthday and she enjoyed the brie and apple sandwich.
I insisted that we order the ‘Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel’ for dessert. This is a dessert that is very close to my foodie soul. I love it and I’ve made it and the ‘bar’ is very high. It was delicious but I do have a few notes. 1) Call it “Butterscotch Pudding with Caramel topped with whipped cream and a strawberry garnish”. 2) Change your recipe to “Butterscotch Pudding” with a topping of caramel and fleur de sel. The whipped cream and strawberry are not necessary and you can’t taste the salt in your caramel.
I liked this restaurant, the location, the menu, and the staff. I’ll be back in June.
Vitello’s Italian Restaurant
This evening, Danny and I visited a lifelong favorite, Vitello’s Restaurant. We have been eating at Vitello’s for 25 years or more.
The restaurant has had it’s ups and downs. Yes, it is the scene of the 2001 murder of Robert Blake’s wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. Vitello’s is now a lively Studio City Jazz club and restaurant. We have always enjoyed their pizza but it seems that tonight it was better than ever. They have begun to advertise that they cook their pizzas in a wood burning oven. We ordered the House Pizza and a Chopped Salad with 2 generously poured glasses of red wine. The pizza crust was nicely charred and filled with precious blisters. It had a wheaty flavor and nice chew to it. The slice was topped with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil. The sauce was a big let down, sadly, it was flavorless. The salad was good as well but this is my story about pizza not salad.
Vitello’s is a special place to enjoy live jazz on a weekly basis. Check out their schedule for a fun date night. They are at the end of a remodel and I would wait until the very end before I visit them again. The construction smells aren’t compatible with the yummy odor of Italian cuisine. http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/
800 Degree Pizzaria
This evening, Danny and I visited 800 Degrees Pizzaria in Westwood Village. LA’s newest pizza hot spot brought to us by ‘Umami Burger’ partners. Pizzas are created ‘a la Subway’ construction.
You start the line with the dough maker, then move along and choose your sauce and cheese, next move is the topping station. Your pizza is placed in their 800 degree fire oven while you make a choice of salads, sides, and beverages.
Next, you pay and in under 4 minutes from dough maker to cashier, your pizza is ready. The prices are a deal. We had one 12″ margarita with mushrooms and caramelized onions and a chopped salad, we shared a bottle of Pellegrino. Our total was $18. The crust had a nice flavor but the pizza needed to be left in the 800 degree oven another minute or two. The middle of the pie was soggy and needed a little blistering. Looking around at the other tables, this was the norm. The ingredients were fresh and locally sourced. I love that. Danny and I agreed that, while we enjoyed our visit, we wouldn’t drive to Westwood for this pizza again. Our favorite Westwood pizza remains Lamonica’s http://www.lamonicasnypizza.com/Home.html
Time for Pizza
At home in LA, I rarely eat pizza because, I’m busy, I’m too tired, or it’s too far to drive. When I get to NYC, I love to go on a pizza crawl. I have an abundance of NY pizza pictures in my iphoto album. Danny and I spent last week in the Big Apple. I don’t know why they just don’t call NYC “The Big Slice”. We found this little, warm and cozy pizza bar in the Bowery.
Posto Pizza is a really thin crust that has a great flavor. We enjoyed the artichoke pizza. The crust was nicely charred. The sauce and toppings were perfectly done and well balanced.
POSTO Thin Crust Pizza 212-716-1200
POSTO 310 Second Avenue, @18th St. NY, NY 10003.
Phone: 212-716-1200 / Fax: 212-716-1222. Delivery hours: Everyday until 10 PM
LACMA Stark Bar Pizza
Stark Bar is located on the patio at the LA County Museum of Art. The bar offers a Mediterranean inspired, small plate menu. Bridget, Emma and I enjoyed this fior di latte (milk’s flower) pizza today. There was a drizzle of chili oil on top of the cheese that made the pizza a bit too spicy for young Emma. The pizza was tasty but not crusty enough for me. I had a glass of perfectly chilled, Cote de Provence Rose. The museum and patio bar are a perfect paring for a Sunday afternoon in LA.
The beginning of my love for all things pizza
I was recently reminded about the origins of my pizza obsession by a beloved girlfriend from my high school days. Thank you, Priscilla.
We both adored ‘Sir Pizza’. This pizza was our first taste of many pizzas to come. http://www.sirpizzaky.com/ Here is the link to my first, favorite pizza. It is located in Lexington, Ky., three doors away from my first retail job at Pix Sample Shoes. I remember their slices of pizza being crusty, salty, and having the perfect amount of shredded, melted mozzarella on the top.
I’d love to return to Sir Pizza to see if today’s taste of this pizza is as wonderful as the memory captured by my youthful taste buds.