4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002734.098504 -118.287898
Neighborhoods: Los Feliz, Central LA
CROSS OFF TO-DO LIST – May 25th, 4:45p.m.: I live in Palm Springs. And, man, oh-man, I was really looking forward to sampling DiCarlo during my three-day visit to Los Angeles, after reading a favorable magazine review back in March. When I got into town, I telephoned DiCarlo to inquire about lunch and late dinner hours, etc... Unfortunately, a rude and disgruntled individual barely answered my simple inquiries with a "yes", "no", "yes", "no" and then behaved as though he had been forced to answer the restaurant phone while Mama and Papa DiCarlo were tending to more important duties. Believe this: The person who answers a business phone is just as important as a calling card, a billboard advertisement or a restaurant review. IF he is maybe your teenage son or nephew whom you've hired for the summer, train him to be more polite and cordial to your potential patrons. Otherwise, they will do as I did which is, cross off DiCarlo from the to-do list.
Best Thin Crust in the East Hollywood Area – Il Capriccio Di Carlo is my favorite pizza place in the Los Feliz / Silverlake / Echo Park area! I also like Two Boots, Tomato Pie, and Nicky D's, but this place is the best of the bunch. Their dough is delicious, with just the right chewiness, the tomato sauce is fresh and mildly sweet tasting, and the quality cheese is made perfectly bubbling golden brown by their wood-burning oven. I'm a self-admitted pizza snob, and this place really does it right, at least as right as it can be in LA. Even the parmesan cheese they give you is of premium quality. Some pizzerias really take pride in the pizza they make, and I'm pleased to say that this is one of them. The campagnola, salsiccia, and tropicale pizzas are favorites of myself and friends. A warning though, if you want cheap pizza, go to Little Ceasar's. Il Capriccio may not be a bargain choice in the pizza game... but it is most definitely top quality.
Il Capriccio Hollywood – So a few things. 1.) Il Capriccio over charged for delivery, (yes they charge for delivery). Then overcharged for their pizza. I ordered a large pizza with black olives and goat cheese on one side and kalamata olives, tomato, and basil on the other. They charge $18.00 for the pizza then an additional 7.50 for the toppings. Totaling 25.50 for the pizza then $4.00 to deliver to echo park. So it cost 29.50 for a pizza. But that is really not the issue. The issue is when I called they said they were too busy to answer my questions regarding my bill and when I called back they hung up on me (many times). BUT THERE'S more significant info. I called the Vermont location to find out that they are actually not affiliated with them any more and have told them they they need to change their name, which they have obviously not done. So I would be weary if I were you. There are many other, BETTER, pizza places to order from that deserve your hard earned money.-
AVERAGE PIZZA, HIGH PRICES AND DISHONEST PEOPLE – (note: the shocker comes at the end of this review)
My wife and I went in upon the recommendation of our hair stylist. We went in for lunch and the place was deserted - no customers. That should have been the first clue. The smarmy, arrogant Italian guy (maybe the owner?) behind the counter started bragging up his place and putting down other Italian places in the area - second clue.
We decided on a Capricciosa pizza which consisted of the following: mushrooms, artichoke, prosciutto, tomato sauce and mozzarella on the menu. However, I asked Carlo(?) to SUBSTITUTE sausage for the prosciutto and make the pizza well done, he said "no problem, would you like sliced or ground sausage?" We chose the ground and waited for our pizza.
The pizza came out hot and looked OK save for the limited amount of toppings. If there were a legal minimum for advertising toppings on a menu these guys would be right on the threshold of getting a citation for false advertising of toppings. There were 2 pieces of artichoke and barely enough sausage to even smell. The pie was well done, but extra chewy and a little to thick for our liking.
If I were to rate the pizza on it's own I'd give it 2.5 stars out of 5. What drove my rating down to 1 star (only because there is no option for negative stars) was the jerk behind the counter. I paid my bill which came to $15.90 and dropped 2 bucks in the tip jar. then realized "hey! this pizza was $13 on the menu!!
I went back in and only upon asking did the lady (blonde/tall) provide me with a receipt. WTF? He charged me for the sausage? I explained that I clearly indicated that I wanted to SUBSTITUTE the ground sausage for the prosciutto and it was agreed. Then Carlo (or whatever) came forward and argued saying "Well we don't do that!" "But I give you money back anyway..." "Here's you buck a fifty - thank a you so much" We didn't get any prosciutto, and I clearly stated "substitute" and he clearly agreed.
It's not the money, it's the principle - you shouldn't have to feel like you NEED to check your receipt when you leave a restaurant. And this place is already EXPENSIVE for what you get even after deducting for the overcharge, this little 12" pizza came to almost $15 with tax but without tip! What a joke.
This surly, arrogant jerk made sure that we would NEVER set foot in his restaurant again - like his insufficiently topped pizza hadn't already done that. We have been known to give some places a second chance but he made sure that wouldn't happen ever! Avoid this ripoff joint.
PS. This review was not written by a rival joint as one of the reviewers below has stated - you can believe the bad reviews this place sucks!
Great alternatives in the area are Tomato Pie (5 stars) and Nicky D's (4.5 stars).
Horrible Service, Horrible Pizza – A group of friends and I ordered two pizza's off the menu on halloween night. Both pizza's had meat on them, but we ordered one of them vegetarian style. I also ordered a soda. Our waitress took the order and did not return for about 15-20 minutes, when she did return she didn't bring my soda, only water. but I didn't mind, so I didn't mention it. When she finally brought our pizzas outside to where we were sitting, after another 35-45 minutes. Both had meat on them. She was rude and pointed out on the menu that both pizzas we ordered had meat on it, and proceeded to remove the meat off one of the pizzas with her fingers. We asked her not to touch our pizza and took the meat off ourselves. Pizza was hardly more than some red sauce, light cheeze, charizo, a few olives, and was very bland. Horrible service, and bland pizza:(
Not a good experience, Save it! – Pizza is expensive for having zero flavor. It would do you well to order Dominoes and save the cash. I mentioned to the owner that i was disatisfied and he acted in his best Tony Soprano attitude and basically bullied me not to come back. The guy is your typical goomba. Dont waste your time or cash.
BEST PIZZA IN LOS ANGELES....ignore bad posts – This is hands down ,the best Pizza I have had in California. Crispy crust made of semolina wheat, woodfire pizza. Neopolitan style.. where pizza was born. Bad reviews written here must be from rival pizza places that are mad with jealousy or people who's tastebuds were burned off by the sub-quality Papa John's/Pizza Hut/ Dominos, they are used to. Atmosphere is alright but honestly, who cares? The pizza is what matters.
worse pizza like carboard box. – the worse pizza ever. i ordered take out, pizza is cold and very hard like carboard box. 12'' pizza with 5 pepperoni and i add extra topping with salami maybe 5 or 6 pieces it looked nasty looking pizza ever. i would never order from them againg. i would rather order pizza hut instead. donty wast you money.
Not really good... – Having driven past this place several times, we decided to give it a shot. We walked in on a Saturday night at 8pm to an empty restaurant. No big deal, we thought... maybe it's just a slow night. We ordered the arugula, walnut & cheese salad. It wasn't bad, but nothing to write home about. Finally, 20 minutes later, the pizza arrived. We had ordered the prosciutto, artichoke and mushroom pizza. Although we were the only ones in the place, the pizza came out COLD! That would be fine if it tasted like anything. Honestly, it was one of the most bland pizzas I've ever had. And the prosciutto tasted more like rubbery, hard cooked ham. The only normal thing about the place was the service. But who cares when the food is so horrible?
BEST PIZZA OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK – I love their pizza. In New York, they say it's the water that makes the pizza so delicious. Maybe Il Capriccio imported the New York water...whatever it is, it's wonderful. The best a peetz as Tony Soprano says!!
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