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The first time I stepped into Casa Bianca, neon sign glowing "Pizza Pie" in nursery pink and blue, I knew it was the pizza parlor I had always hoped to find in California: perfumed with a whomp of garlic, alive with the roar of customers who had been clustering around the checkered tablecloths for decades. The pizzas were burnt, bubbling majestic things, crunchy and thin in the style of Chicago bar pizza, dusted with gritty cornmeal on the bottom and sliced in a way that defied standard geometry. I got mine with sausage and strips of fried eggplant. In the 20-odd years since then, I have seen little need to change my order. Casa Bianca, the fiefdom of the Martorana family since 1955, serves the best neighborhood-pizzeria pizza in L.A. The sausage is homemade, but the mushrooms on the pizza are canned, old-school style, if that sort of thing bothers you. And there's freshly filled cannoli for dessert. See full review.
Sam Martorana, who was behind the ovens at Casa Bianca for more than 50 years, was such a presence at the red-checked-tablecloth pizzeria that it was hard to imagine it continuing after he passed away. His pizza was idiosyncratic to an extreme:... More »
View more photos in Anne Fishbein's "99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die" slideshow.The theme of this issue is somewhat morbid. We’ll admit to that. We were going to call it "99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Move to San Diego," but it... More »
Dear Mr. Gold:I used to like Casa Bianca before the lines stretched halfway to China, but, I have to admit, it’s been a while. I know — good neon and checked tablecloths and everything, but is it still worth a visit? —Jean, Sierra... More »
The first time I stepped into Casa Bianca, I knew it was the pizza parlor I had always hoped to find in California, perfumed with a whomp of garlic, alive with the roar of customers who had been clustering around the checkered tablecloths for... More »
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This place is a plus for me because they are open super late, i think til 4 in the morning. They are also conveniently located right next to one of my favorite bars. So, after a night of getting tossed, this is a great place to come and soak up that booze with a nice large pizza with tomatoes, garlic, and basil. I think it's still family owned too!
Casa Bianca was a surprise stop while on a job. The pizza was good...SOLID B+. I order the 10" house pizza (with that homemade sausage) and loved the thin crust. Frankly, what sells this place for me is the atmosphere...old-school, charming, loud, inviting, and relaxed. A great pizza dive to hang out with a group of friends and enjoy a slice - an LA slice at that. Price: $$
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