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West End Joins the Debate (Pizza Quest)

Continuing Pizza Quest, I pulled up a booth at West End Pizza (corner of Beech and Wyoming)  for what some locals call “the best slice” in Long Beach – but what do West Enders know?  Quite a bit it seems.

The rules of Pizza Quest can be found here.

The Regular Slice

A crisp thin crust matched with a great ratio of sauce to cheese.  Everything you could want in a slice, cooked to perfection without tasting of raw dough or burnt cheese.  The only downside?  Perhaps a bit greasy for a regular slice without toppings.

The Wildcard (Chicken Marsala)

Though it can’t be seen in the picture, this actually had a sesame seed crust like its cousin pizzeria in the East End.  The slice was heavy without being soggy or over loaded.  The Marsala sauce mixed well with the chicken and mushrooms.  All and all a nice specialty slice without much issue, though nothing spectacular.

Rating

Now, I know pizza is sacred in Long Beach, and my next sentence may be blasphemous to some (and I thought I would never say it myself), but as regular slices go, West End’s is superior to Gino’s.  After eating West End’s regular slice I really got everything I wanted in a piece of pizza.  Having eaten nearly everything Gino’s makes, I think their only weakness is their regular slice itself, and West End shines there.

Because a number means nothing, I think it is all about how each slice compares to the others.  Because of that, I’m using a relative rating system.  As I head out to more establishments, it will become more clear who stands out.

Long Beach Pizza Quest Standings

(Higher on the list is better)

West End Pizza

Gino’s

East End Pizza

The 2011 Pizza Quest

It’s more important than parking.  It’s more important than politics.  Long Beach is really all about the pizza.

There wasn’t one hour that went by during the Quiksilver Pro commentary when the broadcasters didn’t bring up their love for Gino’s and the food here.  Comparing East End Pizza to West End Pizza can lead to fisticuffs.

A quick search on Yelp yields over 10 places that claim to serve the delicious feast of cheese, bread, and sauce.  Google Maps has even more.  Like wings, I consider myself an aficionado (really a snob) when it comes to this Italian-American delight.  I even said a few days ago “there’s never a time that I’m not in the mood for pizza,” and that goes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  But of course, everyone has their claim for the best.  Full disclosure, I’m going into this leaning towards Gino’s already, but will keep an open mind.

So today, I set out on an ambitious project and need your help.  I will eat, photograph, and review, a slice of regular pizza, and one “wildcard” slice from every establishment in Long Beach.  Don’t expect quick results here, I need something to entertain for the next few months as the winter sets in.  What I’d love is if you all chime in as well.  For every establishment I go to, any user can also submit a photo and a brief (two or three lines tops) review of the same regular slice and I’ll add it into the same post.

The Rules

I’ll order one regular slice at each location (not an entire pie)

I’ll order one additional “wildcard” slice that will be whatever looks good or a specialty at that location.  This is mostly just because one slice won’t fill me.

A photo of each slice will be taken

I’ll then write together just a few lines on the slice.  I’ll focus on crust, sauce, cheese, cook, and how it all comes together.

Also, I will not tell the business owners I’m reviewing their food so that I don’t always get the “fresh” slice.

The “winner” will of course get the SeaByTheCity seal of approval.

One note, I will consider expanding to addresses that are on the barrier island but not Long Beach if readers think that will be a more thorough investigation

The List (subject to change)

There are certainly more, so please submit the rest in comments below

Updated 9/22: Please keep helping with this list

Sorrento’s
Gino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
East End Pizza
West End Pizza
Disalvo’s Pizza & Restaurant (Closed)
Domino’s Pizza (Damnit, I guess I have to stop here)
Mike’s Plaza Pizza
Surf City Pizza (I believe they may still be closed)
Brucie’s Bel Aire Pizzeria (Attached to Matteo’s)
Joe’s Pizza (West End on Beech)
San Remo (Possible Name – West End)
Vito’s

The Maybe List

Olive Oil (Point Lookout)
DaVinci’s (Island Park)

User Submissions

If you’d like to contribute, please snap a quick shot of the slice (camera phone is fine), note the location, and put together a two or three line review.  Email me here at shaun@seabythecity.com with “Pizza Quest” in the subject line and I’ll add your submission to the post.

So, happy pizza eating everyone and I’ll be sure to have my first stop written up shortly.