Claire Corlett

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What is: American Italian PIZZA?! 🍕

What is: American Italian PIZZA?! 🍕

Right this it’s frozen pizza, it’s the sort of stuff We would have grown up with, but today I’m exploring the world of Italian American style pizza across the east side of LA and I’m pretty sure we can do better than this! My mission on this LA pizza crawl is to showcase Just how much great pizza is on offer within this city! LA is where it’s at There is three really great places, which I think showcase LA’s best pizza And the first of which is called Cosa Buona in Echo Park around 15 minutes from where I live! Andiamo! (Let’s go!) First place- Cosa Buona! That doesn’t say it at all but it says it right here This is an American Italian style place what I imagine American Italian stuff to be! Like smoky mozzarella sticks, eggplant parmesan and controversially an Hawaiian pizza – and I feel in the interest of trying and making sure that we get a full experience here I should get the Hawaiian even though I’m a dead set against pineapple on pizza But that I know will set it aside because this one actually looks quite good- it’s got the pineapple, Canadian bacon, onion, chiles and smoked mozzarella So you can’t go too far wrong! Okay, so we’re going PIZZA! I want to say the pepperoni let’s go pepperoni- it’s a classic! It used to be an old school pizza restaurant and a new chef has come in here and completely Injected new life into this little corner of Echo Park! When it opens in the evening, there’s a queue out the door! Let’s try some pizza! What I’m most excited about this pizza is that crust! Look how beautiful and doughy that looks! I’m not seeing like scary chunks of pineapple like the sort of pineapple pizza I would have grown up with would have been sort of chunks that came out of a can. I’m not seeing any major chunks So I’m happy about that, I’m going to stop talking now and get into some eating Ah man- that is so so Good, it is all about that crust I mean I’ve been here I’ve tried this crust and that’s why I’ve come back! The marinara sauce is really good it’s subtle enough, but it tastes the Tomatoes without overpowering with anything else. I haven’t added any chili oil or any chilies here and you actually don’t need them It’s full of flavor and there’s good bit of spice from those pepperoni as well. It’s pillowy it’s doughy- it’s got that lovely chew It’s like the perfect kind of end and it’s like the perfect kind of Palate cleanser after all the other flavor from the pepperoni and the marinara sauce and that smoked mozzarella as well This is an awesome slice of pizza! This is the one I’m slightly nervous about and this is the Hawaiian pizza I am NOT a Hawaiian pizza fan, but I feel like if you’re going to put it on your menu It’s got to be good in a place like this. So I’m gonna grab off the piece that actually has a visible piece for pineapple It’s definitely like a heavier slice of pizza, but there’s bacon is really nice and crispy you got the red onion in there, and I’m not seeing like too much marinara sauce on this but It’s pretty good What works here is that the pineapple is kind of gone a little bit caramelized but it’s the combination of that little bit of spice in there that hit of spice in Contrast with the sweetness of the pineapple and then you’ve got the saltiness of the bacon and then that hit of red onion It’s really really good This is a really great example of what a modern American Italian pizza is it’s all about the dough. It’s all about the ingredients It’s all about that combination of flavors and they have nailed it here Nice to meet you! I’m Donal- do you mind like giving us just a quick line about it? First thing what sir Damon where’d you come from? This restaurant came From Zach Pollack who has another restaurant, Alimento- the idea was to do Neapolitan pizza dough- he studied just traditional but with these throw back American toppings! And that crust is what it’s all about. Like yeah feels like somewhere between like the base feels somewhere between like a classic Italian pizza and this kind of crazy crust It’s tasty – I mean we make the ham here- we pickle the jalapenos So we have this great balance of smoky sweet spicy that’s exactly what I was saying! Where are you going? We’re going to triple beam and we’re gonna go Casa Bianca! Oh great So you get a lot of different styles today the guys from triple beam are buddies three different styles and three that are all important To this neighborhood. That’s great – you’re speaking my language. This is great. Okay. I’m off to eat more pizza. Nobody’s gonna beat you. Thank you. So Good. We got the inside track on what the pizza is all about! And this is exactly why I wanted to hit up these exact three pizza places They showcase what LA’s pizza scene is all of it Bye! Next up is triple bean pizza. The guys are big fans. It’s only recently opened It literally opened about four months or five months ago. They serve pizza by the slice So you go in and it’s kind of like counter service and you choose what you want They slice it up and you end up with a tray of beautiful pizza. We are here This is what I’m talking about This place is super popular right now and in the window right outside So I’m hoping we can actually get in and get to see some pizza being made So Triple Beam Pizza is like the raddest pizza- I was not a fan of pizza Sorry! Until I started working here and now I’m obsessed with it! Super thin, super delicious It’s like a great cracker and then they just put all this awesome stuff This is what’s cool about this It is places that like you can basically choose how much of a slice of pizza you want and they’ve whole host of different toppings heirloom tomato summer squash Roasted eggplant mushroom, which is sold out! Margarita, sausage pepperoni. Thank You PIZZA! Thank you very much. We’re going to eat I Don’t think this happens in LA very often you don’t see this pizza by the slice thing going on This is kind of like Roman style pizza. There’s a whole host of different Ingredients on top we’ve got heirloom tomato. You’ve got beautiful zuchinni or courgette on top here I Love the fact that you can come in here and you can have a little bit of everything and that’s what I’ve done every time I’ve come to triple-team. It’s literally I order every bit of pizza. There is on offer that thin crust. You’ve got the thick crust It’s a really great place to wear to try your favorite pizzas topping Okay, I’m gonna stop talking and I’m gonna dive in here a good place to start is since it’s seasonal and is some heirloom tomato That is Pizza like no other I mean it’s a such a different style to what we’ve tried in Cacak wayna. It’s crispy on the outside There’s a bit of chew in the in the center But it’s all about that kind of crackle and crunch as you bite into it but as soon as you kind of delve in a bit deeper there is this like nice bit of chew in there you can see That like there’s beautiful olive oil going on in here. It’s just really kind of moist we’ve got like a salami one We’ve got eggplant or aubergine. We’ve got a pepperoni pizza and the one that I’m pretty excited about Is this sausage meat one now? You think of Italian Pizza and it’s that kind of like soft Thin crust it’s like kind of dripping under the weight in that like Naples style of the of the toppings. This is different It’s crunchy on the outside. Its got that chew of the dough and it’s all about those flavors It’s it’s basically the dough is the perfect vehicle for all these different things going on here But to have it in LA to have it on my doorstep. That’s what I get really excited about now I do have to finish this off But they did tell me that I’m gonna get an opportunity to go in and see how they make these big slices of pizza So I’ve got some eating to do and then let’s go in So do you take you you cook them off first and then you add the topping I’d like three that’s right So that’s what we do and then we send them to the topper and then they do all the okay So they they do that all over and then I put it back again Okay, so basically over here you’ve got the dough station they roll out the dough and Market, it goes into the open. It bakes off and it gets all bubbly and golden gorgeous And then these ones are basically ready to be topped and there’s a whole like topping station over here So you’ve got like the mozzarella, you’ve got a whole host of different ingredients ready to be tough There’s the fennel and a little bit of red onion for the sauce. Which one you got marinara? This is this is really awesome. Okay, guys, this is Eli. He is the manager of triple teaming You’re gonna tell me a little bit about eggs with a bouquet of a race. Yeah, Matt Melina. I’m Nancy Silverton They just always have this dream of opening up a Roman style You know This stuff is so cool it is this really cool. We need to talk about it. This is Cesare And so he worked at roseola which was the place in Italy in The whole time yeah Please don’t take a picture of me But I was like for posterity we need it some people ask Whether use like the founders who died like it’s almost like a memorial like I have some little candles. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah Those are the folks who got it started and gave us the spirit. Well, it’s so cool seeing More success to you right so much right. Thanks for coming in. Yeah, come check us out. Yeah, go check the babe Okay, we’ve done cosa Buena beautiful doughy pizza we’ve done triple bean pizza that crispy crunchy chewy thing going on and the next stop is old-style American Italian pizza at its core what you’d expect from one of those old mum and pop star restaurants I’m already feeling a little bit full but let’s go This is Casa Bianca, and this is one of my favorite neighborhood Italian restaurants When we first moved to Los Angeles, this was one of the first places we came to it was so cute. And so cool there’s like neon signs outside and it’s got this whole like 1950s diner still thing going on. It’s really cool and the menu like spans. It’s not just pizza it spans across all those American Italian classics like breaded mushrooms and mozzarella sticks and zucchini sticks and garlic bread and all the things you kind of like Most Italians may cringe over but they do it and they do it with passion and they don’t care about what the Italian you think Because they are Italian and this is Italian food to them only Five o’clock in the evening right now and the place is already jam-packed it’s probably more people in this restaurant than any of the other pizza restaurants we’ve been in and there is like Compassionate neighbourhood following here. So it’s gotta be good Good. How are you? Let’s do a small of the effect on a small of the sausage pizza Okay, we have got the sausage pizza on this side The eggplant aubergine pizza over here and I like the fact that they come in their own little pizza trays You got your nice little slice coming in. You can serve it up. I’m gonna start off with the sausage pizza now look I’m gonna fess up I have had this pizza a lot of time so I can I could not probably already beige for the fact that this is good But I want to talk you through why this is good It’s like heavy on the cheese, it’s full of that beautiful tomato sauce, but this one in particular has this sausage meat Which is spiked with fennel and it is so flavorful. It’s sweet But it also has this kind of aniseed being running through this is olive a thin crispy crust And there’s not much kind of aeration going on here But what is interesting is the bite of the slice because you have the crunch any of the crispness We also have like like semolina or polenta on the base of it So you get it all over your fingers and when you bite into it you get these from a little little pops of crunch Here is such a Good feature. Okay. I’ve tried the one I know but this is the one it has not a lot of write-ups They’ve interestingly, you know Like put the pattern and they’ve laid the egg plant or the aubergine slices on top and then they’ve eat it with loads and loads of cheese, so The beautiful thing about this is that we get a yeah, a rather fantastic cheese pull just like that Take up one of these slices Second bike I’m sorry That’s just a really fantastic piece So you got that tomorrow so that you’ve got to choose you got the egg funders has got a really soft What I love about the pizza here is that they use like dried oregano. Just Sprinkle over the top. So you get this kind of like weird like dried herb taste going on here So I get aromatics that aren’t like fresh, but they’re that kind of like musky sort of dried flavor Really really fantastic Peter. My vote is probably the sausage pizza, but this is a close second It’s a fantastic demonstration of you know How you can play with pizza and how you can treat take it from like classic Italian stuff to doing something a little bit different Come together behind you come to Europe. This is where it’s at. And this is ultimate comfort food Just to give you a background net is mr. Pizza in Eagle Rock My sister you and your sister we run it tell me a little bit about Casa Bianca because it is like it is a neighbourhood classic my parents started in 1955 and They passed on but we’re maintaining the tradition we’re keeping all the recipes they came up with over the years and and given to my parents by His mother Frank was a food with the fantastic cook. And is it true? I’ve heard rumor that President Obama used to eat here as a college student. That’s what they say, right? Eat over ever. Oh, this is 1980. He was a kid Nick, right? It’s a good I would roll with it It’s fantastic and then tell me cuz obviously when you walk in here you were you’ve got so many celebrities off from the walls Teri hatcher and who’s the most famous person you’ve had in the in the restaurant Claire nice was filmed a movie here No, I got to meet him Wow a legend We moved here two or three years ago And we we live in the neighborhood and it was the first place we came to eat So it was a great start in tell a so it’s a pleasure to sit down and meet you in person Thank you so much for talking to us and that we’ve eaten all the pizza. So I’m a happy man. This is great I got the real I got the Godfather pizzas So I’ve just had a quick chat with Ned and we’re kind of in the back Alley over of what Casa Bianca is all about. And so we’re in the key. You can see there. They’re busy making a busy busy kitchen, but it’s Basically, one of the most popular restaurants in Eagle Rock, so we’re thrilled to get a bit of a Barney the scenes look. Thanks that I’m a pizza to go. Thank you. Okay. See you guys. Thank you very much Okay, it is safe to say Our Pizza mission is complete three, very different American Italian pizza joints and three that I think kind of represents What American Italian pizza is it’s not just one thing It’s like it’s people’s perceptions on how they’ve experienced pizza growing off and how they’ve translated that into something new and something fresh the things I’ve tried I feel Showcase that it is worthwhile trying go seek out the best American Italian pizza in your neighborhood, and I’m sure you will not be disappointed Job done mission complete what’s next? If you enjoyed this video if you like pizza, make sure you hit that subscribe button We have a whole load of pizza related playlists, which you can click on and watch more pizza And of course tell me what you’d like to see me eating next unthinking taco trucks I feel like this is the perfect place where we can explore a little bit more of the taco scene if you’d like to see that leave a comment in the box below or Anywhere, let me know what you’d like to see me next until they’re my friends hit the subscribe button like share this video Especially with those who love pizza and who doesn’t love pizza until then. Goodbye This isn’t pizza, we’re going to eat some real pizza

100 comments on “What is: American Italian PIZZA?! 🍕

  1. Donal,
    This video was so good, I just had to order some pizza from the best Pizzeria in my neighborhood.
    Your videos always make me hungry and excited to work in the kitchen 😉

    Could you please share the tracks you used in this video? The ambiance in your videos are all on point! 😀

  2. I literally ate pizza for the past whole week. I'm thinking about pizza tonight. 🍕 Thank you Donal for making me want pizza again. Lol😆

  3. Don't think anyone eats frozen pizza because it's the best, but for the price of one of those pizza's you got, you can probably get 5-10 frozen pizza's and done in 15 mins. Still enjoy seeing the different pizza's tho.

  4. The reason that the girl at 5:55 was "not a fan of pizza" is because she had the misfortune of growing up in LA. 😏 Come to NYC if you want the best pizza in the states.

  5. Donal, I used to watch you on Fox Life everyday… until they dubbed the channel into a language I didn't know

  6. Whoa, Donal u're back in LA, I swear you were in Thailand, ha :)) That's a 17, 18hr trip, I think.
    I lovvvve Pizza, I know what I'm having for lunch today :))

  7. Casa Buona looks like an amazing pizza place. The look of the Neapolitan style pizza reminds me of London's Pizza Pilgrims and Franco Manca and Dublin's Cafe Topolis. Those happen to be the three best pizzas I have had in my life. I'd definitely say that is how I think pizza should be,so that is my choice.

  8. I can never understand anyone that eats bad pizza. I have friends that eat chain store pizzas and think it’s amazing and I’m like this is gross, who hurt you and why are you eating this 😳. I only get pie from my local pizza shop and I’ve been going there for years. I like thin crust and it doesn’t matter what’s on it but it must be fresh and it has to have flavor. I call my local shop and they know me and they know what I want unless I switch it up on them but I don’t get anyone that doesn’t want that kind of experience with their pizza. Pizza is an experience and if you are eating something that isn’t a celebration in your mouth, you’re doing it wrong. Thanks for the video Donal 👍🏽👍🏽

  9. In midnight watching this…while trying to lose post baby weight…nnooooooo!😫😫😫😫
    …..tomorrow i will have pizzaaa 😼😼

  10. I feel a "real" Hawaiian pizza would have Spam on it, rather than real ham.
    edit: Also, not sure how Italians, or Italian Americans, would feel about this, but I love pesto sauce on pizza.

  11. You know what a really good, definitely non-traditional pizza I made once was?

    Start off with more starter in the dough, age it for longer. You want that yeasty sourness. Here's where it gets weird: Generously spread low-cal ranch on the pizza dough, it's only now I'm thinking that grain mustard would be splendid here too but I haven't tried it; then add uncased banger meat all over the bloody pizza, then add quality pepperjack cheese leaving two 4 inch holes of no cheese and toss in the oven. When you've got 6 minutes left crack two eggs in the four-inch holes and finish with fresh asparagus and sprinkle of cheese. Bake it until the egg is soft and runny, then slice up. Additionally top with some stale bread sent through a food processor with garlic, rosemary, seasoning salt, olive oil and pepper. Yup, it's a scotched egg pizza and it's one of the best ideas I've ever had.

  12. Sorry Donal, if you want true pizza I think you need to visit Frank Pepe’s in New Haven, CT. The best crust ever!!!

  13. Get on a plane fly to jfk and then go into queens for the best pizza. Don't waste your time on the California stuff!!!!

  14. Oh my gosh! I LOVE this! Please do more food crawl videos like this with specific cuisines! I'd love to see:

    * Puerto Rican / Cuban
    * Mexican / Tacos (YESS to Tacos)
    * Chinese
    * Food Trucks
    * Desserts
    * Anything else you want!

  15. It's so interesting to know that Triple Beam Pizza bakes their pizza twice. That's how I always cook my pizza! Since I have a subpar electric stove, I pre-bake my pizza dough for about 3½ minutes until it just starts to brown, take it out, top it off with the sauce and any toppings, and then put it back in until golden & bubbly. 🙂

  16. This was really a fun video and a nice overview of pizza here. I'm also a fan of DeSano Pizza Bakery in East Hollywood, Gjelina Take Away in Venice, and Il Romanista in El Segundo. Thanks for this video!

  17. Pineapple on pizza is not a sin – it's amazing! Let's try to find NY pizza in LA. Adventure time. Don't make me stalk you, Donal. 🙂

  18. Just saying if you want to explore pizza, go to New York City or Brooklyn. But still looks delicious😋 btw I love your channel so just giving you some tips. I absolutely love your channel and I wish I could eat that pizza, but I think you should try the best New York pizza. And now I realize that you live in California and it's easier for you, but if you want THE BEST pizza go to NY.

  19. You’ve only scratched the American pizza surface! Now you need to try a true Chicago deep dish pizza and a St. Louis style thin crust pizza (this St. Louis native recommends Imos Pizza!). Of corse New York has some awesome pizza as well! Road trip maybe???

  20. 11:50 wasn't expecting to hear the "looper" channel background music.
    Was actually kinda distracting 'cause I was expecting to hear about avengers or something but it never came.

  21. I did not no you lived in LA I was born and raised there I live in Visalia ca now we I'm still waiting for you to make a spicy soup lol

  22. I would love to see the best Welsh/Irish/Scott on hand in LA.
    From someone who grew up in those neck of the woods.

    Where do you go for a taste of home, that's not home.
    How about your beautiful wife, where's her to go spot for comfort home style soul food

  23. Loved this. Great timing too as I'm heading to LA for 1st time at end of September to celebrate husbands 40th. Great to get recommendations. watching your insta stories for inspiration too. Please do taco truck tour soon ☺️

  24. Excited about this new series!!!! There is so much good eat in LA! Other suggestions – Vegan, Donuts, Bakery, Korean, Vietnamese, etc…

  25. I've been eating pizza from the same pizzeria for over thirty years. It is family owned, the father came over here from Italy (his accent is quite thick) with his brothers, and now his sons are taking the reins (the father still works, still makes great pizza, and is always glad to see me). This pizzeria is a two minute walk from my house, in a small town, and when I think of pizza, theirs is what I think of. People say that nothing compares to pizza from New York, but I say that New Jersey has the best pizza, and it's right down my street.

  26. Loving the vids but Donal c'mon hawaiian pizza is the best! Pineapple on pizza is like one of my go to toppings!😂♥️

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