Antica Pizzeria - Closed

13455 Maxella Ave.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
310-577-8182

Details

  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Delivery, Family Style, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
L.A.'s notorious sushi-bar Nazis have nothing on Pepe Miele, the proprietor of Antica Pizzeria above the Gelson's in Marina del Rey and more importantly the man who brought the elaborate bylaws of the Vera Pizza Napoletana movement from Naples to the United States. As far as I know, Miele has never booted anybody from the premises for daring to order a pizza with duck sausage and goat cheese, but I suspect it could happen. If you get to Miele's pizza the second it emerges from the oven, there is a faint smokiness to the crust, and a mild crisp skin that yields to a pleasant, bready chewiness underneath. Even if you prefer muscular Brooklyn-style pies, the crust is unimpeachable. Still, the rigor of the basic structure is not necessarily carried through when it comes to the rest of the pie. The basic margherita tends to become soggy by the time it makes it to the table, and a topping of sausage and broccoli raab just lays there like yesterday's spinach - you need to cook those particular ingredients together to bring out their succulence, not just toss pre-cooked clumps onto a freshly baked crust.

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