Thursday, November 10, 2005

All the pizza that's fit to eat: D'amore's and Petrillo's

I was supposed to meet Tara and John at Petrillo's in San Gabriel Tuesday night for yes, more pizza. At least I thought it was in San Gabriel. It's conveniently located across from several bahn mi shops, so you can pick up lunch for the next day too, and has a cute old neon sign.

Inside, mostly Latino families and white couples are ordering large, rectangular puffy pizzas cut into squares. There's a pretty large menu of Italian pasta and main dish staples, and a sad wine list. After a few minutes of snacking on their soft but tasty bread, my phone rings. "We're here!" says Tara. It turns out they're at Mama Petrillo's, in Temple City. Who knew there could be so many completely different Petrillo's in the San Gabriel Valley?
Mama Petrillo's isn't located conveniently to much of anything, but has a nice vintage neon sign, the same contingent of families (no Asians to be seen in either one -- too much cheese?), a somewhat smaller menu of pasta dishes, an even sadder wine list, and the same square cut pies. Fortunately John has brought a delicious cabernet-merlot from Alto Adige, courtesty of Silver Lake wine. I'm not sure Mama Petrillo's server had ever seen Reidel glasses before, but I'm glad he brought them. We had everything on the pizza -- sausage, pepperoni, peppers, etc. The toppings and cheese had a good over-the-top feeling, but the crust was a little cardboardy and underwhelming. I'm still imagining the more billowy crust I saw people eating at the San Gabriel Petrillo's...oh well, another time.

Mama Petrillo's with everything
Sophie and I also tried D'Amore's in Sherman Oaks. Zero atmosphere, although supposedly the original Canoga Park location is a little nicer. They bake slices to order, so even if you don't want a whole pie, you can choose your toppings and get a freshly-baked crust. Again, the thin and crispy type of crust is not my favorite, but they certainly do a respectable job with it. If you live in the Valley or Westwood, I imagine it's pretty nice to be able to get a D'Amore's pie delivered to your house. However, I'm skeptical that flying in water from Boston really makes a difference.
below, an East Coast-style slice from D'Amore's

7 comments:

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Pat, i've been in the SGV all my life and still can't get myself to walk into petrillo's. i've been to mama's though. i think it's mediocre italian food. i still prefer traveling down valley blvd a little bit further.

thanks for posting this, i've always been curious about petrillo's.

Anonymous said...

Petrillo's rocks ... It's nothing like Mama Petrillo's. There is some family history there, but the original Petrillo's on Valley is definitely the best. Another absolutely awesome Italian restaurant in the SGV is Avolio's on Vincent and San Bernardino Road (I think) in Covina. There Arrabiata is fantastic. ... And you can converse with Mr. Avolio about the old country when you walk inside!

shared web hosting said...

Start Making Money Today.. Why wait

I would like to tell everyone I know about a new web site for shared web hosting... If you are looking on ways to mkae money starting a business and need a site to host it on . Visit http://webhost11.com/ Today

success said...

Happy Money Making Famous Quotes.... Waste your money and your only out your money,but waste your time and your out part of your life... Michael Leoboeuf

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten dollar hair cut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair... Sam Ewing

If You Find a need to become part of the success so you make a few extra bucks.. go to http://7day2success.com/ ....success...success....

Live a better life today..

success said...

Here are some Famous Quotes.... Waste your money and your only out your money,but waste your time and your out part of your life... Michael Leoboeuf

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten dollar hair cut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair... Sam Ewing

If You Find a need to become part of the success so you make a few extra bucks.. go to http://7day2success.com/ ....success...success....

Live a better life today..

need to make money said...

Hey Fellow, you have a top-notch blog here!
If you have a moment, please have a look at my need to make money site.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I am sure you have heard the song "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club but have you ever given much thought to its meaning? While on Earth, you are living in a world of reincarnation which is governed by the law of karma. Karma begins to propel you as Soul on a personal journey through the universe. Karma ends when you have reached enlightenment and fully realise that this physical reality and the Universe itself is just an illusion. When you reach a state of knowingness that there is but One all pervading essence and that essence or consciousness is You!
So what is Karma and how does it work? While in the illusion you have a soul. This soul lives past, present, and future lives. To grow in love, joy, and awareness, you reincarnate into a series of physical bodies to experience different existences. This road leads to the experiences of being both sexes, all races, religions, and ethnic types throughout many lifetimes.
Karma in its simplicist terms can be described by the biblical statement "as you sow, so also shall you reap". Karma is the principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, total cosmic justice and personal responsibility. It brings 'good' experiences as well as 'bad' - a debt must be repaid and a blessing rewarded.
A more indepth esoteric look at karma gives us the following distinctions: Sanchita Karma: the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes. This is your total cosmic debt. Every moment of every day either you are adding to it or you are reducing this cosmic debt. Prarabdha Karma: the portion of your "sanchita" karma being worked on in the present life. If you work down your agreed upon debt in this lifetime, then more past debts surface to be worked on. Agami Karma: the portion of actions in the present life that add to your "sanchita" karma. If you fail to work off your debt, then more debts are added to "sanchita" karma and are sent to future lives. Kriyamana Karma: daily, instant karma created in this life that is worked off immediately. These are debts that are created and worked off - ie. you do wrong, you get caught and you spend time in jail.
As a soul, you experience a constant cycle of births and deaths with a series of bodies for the purpose of experiencing this illusionary world gaining spiritual insights into your own true nature until the totality of all experiences show you Who you really are - the I AM! Until you have learned, you will find that pretending that the rules of karma do not exist or trying to escape the consequences of your actions is futile.
Although it may often "feel" like punishment, the purpose of karma is to teach not to punish. Often the way we learn is to endure the same type of suffering that we have inflicted on others and also rexperience circumstances until we learn to change our thinking and attitudes.
We are all here to learn lessons as spiritual beings in human form. These lessons are designed to help us grow into greater levels of love, joy, and awareness. They teach us our true nature of love. Where we do not choose love, show forgiveness, teach tolerance, or display compassion, karma intervenes to put us back on the path of these lessons. Quite simply, the only way to achieve a state of karmic balance is to be love.
Before you incarnated into your present personality, you agreed to put yourself in the path of all that is you need to learn. Once you got here, you agreed to forget this. Karma is impersonal and has the same effect for everyone. It is completely fair in its workings and it is predictable - "do onto others as you would have them do unto you" is a way to ensure peace and tranquillity in your own life as well as the lives of those you come into contact with. The law of karma is predictable - "as you sow, so shall you reap" what is done to you is the net result of what you have done to others!
Karma gives you the opportunity at every moment to become a better person than you are and to open up to the realization that you are the master of your own fate.
The goal of karma is to give you all the experiences that you need to evolve into greater levels of love, joy, awareness, and responsibility. Karma teaches that you are totally responsible for the circumstances of your life. They keep you on the straight and narrow until you have mastered your vehicle and can ride freely on your own. Once you understand that you are the master of your own circumstances and that everything you experience is a direct result of your past actions due to your thinking and emotional responses you can overcome its seeming negative effects by creating only 'good' karma.
Karma forces us to look beyond ourselves (oneness) so that we can see ourselves as we truly are Whole, Complete, at One with everything. Once we truly understand ourselves, we can see our divinity and our unity with all life.
Karma drives us to service. Love means service. Once you accept total responsibility for your life, you see yourself as a soul in service to God. Once you do, you become a fully realized being, allowing God to experience the illusion through you.
Belief in karma and an understanding of its workings will lead you to a life of bliss. Only your own deeds can hinder you. Until the time comes when we release ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles of limitation and fully understand who and what we are we will live under the mantle of karma. So until that day why not create some wonderful experiences for ourselves by "doing onto others, as we would have them do unto us". lucid dreaming