Eating L.A. is nothing if not obedient. The commentor in the item below tipped me that Il Capriccio Pizzeria was finally open, so I called in an order on the way home from work. I didn't have a menu so I just got a sausage and mushroom, which seems kind of like the baseline pizza for judging purposes. Immediate points for having my order ready when I arrive and getting the order right, something Nicky D's and Hard Times sometimes fail to achieve after years of operation. The large 16" pie feels strangely light in the box, and indeed, when I get it home, it's not a lot of pizza for $17. I reheat it for the full effect. The toppings are not copious either, but once it's warmed up I find that the proportions of cheese to toppings to crust are nearly ideal, unlike at Mozza where the crust overwhelms. The crust, made in the wood-burning oven, has a nice tooth to it and a good flavor. There's lots of interesting sounding combo pizzas available -- a Spicy Mama Flora has rapini, sausage and garlic, while the Funghi di Bosco has shittake and porcini mushrooms and fontina cheese. Other toppings include pine nuts, mussels and bufala mozzarella.
I don't want to pass judgement until I've tried another pie, preferably consumed fresh out of the oven (there's a few tables available). But this pizza definitely has possibilities, if you don't mind paying the price. Delivery will be available in a week or so, and they're open until midnight on weekdays and 1 am on weekends.
Update: It's worth eating in the restaurant so you can get it fresh out of the oven, and the rapini topping is excellent. However, I still think the crust is too thin in the middle, which promotes sogginess, and it's still kind of pricey for a large that barely feeds two. B plus for effort.
Update #2: The third time was the charm, I guess -- I hit on a winner with a Paesana, pictured above, with red pepper and eggplant. Crust was thicker, the medium was as big as the first two larges, and it was just $13. On another visit, the Funghi di Bosco with shitake and pornini mushrooms was delicious also.
Il Capriccio Pizzeria
4518 Hollywood Blvd.