D’Amore’s Pizza Connection, Westwood – You’re Better off Grilling at Home

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D’Amore’s Pizza Connection
1136 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.208.7077

Before I proceed to only half-bash D’Amore’s Pizza in Westwood for neither being so good that I gush like a schoolgirl nor being so bad that I can displace some repressed childhood bitterness about pull-top canned processed meat onto greasy-yet-dry Italian sausage, but being only right smack dab in the middle of halfway to so very average that all I can do is nothing, let’s give away some books, shall we?

Oh, yeah. Remember that? The Cookbook-a-Day Giveaway during the entire month of June.

Oh, double yeah. Remember that? The month of June is my birthday month.

According to my extraordinarily accurate calculasians, we were about three days shy of June’s month-end, and since 27 is a good 75% of the way through 30 days, it makes perfect sense that the book we’re giving away today is number 15 out of 30: Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas, in which “pizza” is pizza and “piadina” is bourgie-talian for “tortilla.”

The winner of the book, who didn’t list a single Michael Jackson song, not even my favorite song PYT, not even the easiest possible answer Beat It, not even Thriller, the greatest stupidest music video of all time, is…

oddlyme. Please drop an email with your mailing address to me at sarah[at]tastespotting[dot]com and leave a comment on this post so I know to catch it before it possibly gets sucked into the blackspamhole. Because you know, the last thing you want to think about is something of yours getting sucked into a blackspamhole.

Which brings me to D’Amore’s.
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The reason we ended up at D’Amore’s is that it was not only new to us, but at the time, it looked new because it only had a temporary large-banner-print-at-Kinko’s sign flapping above the door. Something new, though possibly bad, was a far better option than familiar, franchised mediocrity.

But who knew that D’Amore’s would be new mediocrity!
damroes pizza connection, westwood, los angeles, ca - chopped salad
The restaurant’s space is nothing special – a non-descript storefront among other non-descript storefronts in a college nabe (UCLA’s Westwood Village, for the uninitiated). The restaurant has a typical pizza parlor decor, and I suspect it was going for that “New York pizzeria look and feel. We sat at a table against the large windows in the front, partially because it was weirdly dark for midday further back inside the dining area, and mostly because there were a lot of college students making too much noise back there.
d'amore's pizza, westwood, los angeles, ca - garlic bread
The Chopped Antipasto Salad was fine. The Garlic Rolls were fine. The pizzas, except for the odd texture of the crust that went so far the extreme of “thin crust” that it tasted like a cracker, were, essentially, fine. In summary, everything was fine.

But I don’t ever need to go back for “fine.”

Who Else (Dis)Connected at D’Amore’s Pizza Connection? (not many else)
~ 12 reviews averaged 3½ stars on Yelp
~ Citysearchers rate D’Amore’s higher with 4½ stars

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1 oddlyme July 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Sarah –

I won! I won!

Does that make me taller?

This is a nice surprise as, I’m not about to heat up my pizza stone in the summer but still like to make my own pizza. Now I can try it on the grill!

I’ll drop you an email today and hope I escape the swamp of spam.

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2 oddlyme July 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

PS – Sorry your pizza was so unfulfilling.

The most recent place that makes ME jump like a girl is Bollini’s in Monterey Park. Everytime we make the drive I think “Oy. Is it worth it?” And then I take one bite – and know it is!

http://bollinispizzeria.com/

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3 vanpham July 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm

It is late now but I want to say “Happy birthday!”

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4 Zen Chef July 16, 2008 at 3:26 am

Hey, i’m discovering your blog and i love it already. Nice pictures and all! Can i come back as much as i want? :-)

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5 Tormentas July 16, 2008 at 6:08 am

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6 Tormentas July 16, 2008 at 6:08 am

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7 Freeway -J July 16, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Sarah, sorry to disagree with you about D’Amore’s pizza; but their pizza is much worse then you made it sound. I too was very unimpressed with their tortilla like crust.

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8 The Food Monster July 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Great, gotta love those average restaurants. I haven’t found a fantastic pizza place in Los Angeles yet.

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9 the Aspirant Abecedarian July 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Thank you for visiting Dining for Two and leaving such kind words. I will be visiting you again soon. Your blog is unique and I enjoy it very much!

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10 the Aspirant Abecedarian July 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Thank you for visiting Dining for Two and leaving such kind words. I will be visiting you again soon. Your blog is unique and I enjoy it very much!

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11 Sara July 18, 2008 at 3:01 am

On the best Chinese take out:

Got to admit, nothing is better than fried rice when it comes to curing depression/too much studying/anything. You should be pretty proud about loving kung pao style stuff, doesn’t that include peppers and peanuts? That sounds nutritious! Almost as nutritious as the little peas in my fried rice…

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12 daphne July 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm

oh hello sarah! and oh, what a disappointment to have mediocre pizza! That’s calories wasted! =(

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13 Doc S July 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Don’t you hate it when the story stops right in the

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14 Doc S July 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Don’t you hate it when the story stops right in the

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15 Dee July 19, 2008 at 3:27 am

Cool blog, Sarah! Pity about the pizza. Dontcha just hate it when food that fills you up doesn’t do anything for the tastebuds? It’s a crime!

In Malaysia we have Dominos and Pizza Hut, and did I mention Dominos?

Thanks for stopping by :)

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16 Tarie July 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Sarah, over at my blog I named your blog deliciously “brillante”. What blogs do YOU think are deliciously “brillante”? :o)

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17 Topher July 19, 2008 at 8:03 pm

A shame about the poor pizza. Oh well. Do it yourself is sometimes the way to go. The pictures, however, make me want pizza tonight now.

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18 jilcov July 20, 2008 at 10:33 pm
19 HoneyB July 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Too bad about the pizza because it certainly LOOKs good!

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20 Gertrude July 22, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Sarah, thanks for dropping by and your comment at my blog. I really like your blog especially all the beautiful pix.

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21 ICook4Fun July 22, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Actually gertrude is me :)

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22 Shakespere July 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Hi. I enjoyed reading your blog. IT was interesting. Thanks.

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23 dailytiffin July 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm

great blog, with definitely some interesting stuff:)

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24 The Food Monster July 25, 2008 at 6:06 am

http://thefoodmonsterblog.blogspot.com
Sarah, it looks like tarie beat me to it, but I also nominated your blog for Brillance, or Brillante. And it is already published so no going back now. Details, can be found at my blog.

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25 redpetre July 25, 2008 at 9:56 am

The reason we ended up at D’Amore’s is that it was not only new to us, but at the time, it looked new because it only had a temporary large-banner-print-at-Kinko’s sign flapping above the door

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26 Craki July 29, 2008 at 2:13 am

This pizza blows. wtf. To go from Tahoe Korean BBQ to D’Amore Pizza is like:

Ferrari 250 GTO to a Honda Civic.
Orgasm to blue balls.
Dave’s Insanity Sauce to Taco Bell’s mild sauce. Spit to Astroglide. wtf to wth.

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27 Wetpeds July 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Pizza in general, no matter where you lay your head at night, seems to have become a race to mediocrity as of late. It is either the trend towards foof (pheuxf if you prefer) or gargantual portions, heavy on real estate but light on taste. Why can’t someone try a clean, quiet joint with a simple, delectable pie?? Great Blog Sarah! I will be making repeated returns..

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28 Wetpeds July 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Pizza in general, no matter where you lay your head at night, seems to have become a race to mediocrity as of late. It is either the trend towards foof (pheuxf if you prefer) or gargantual portions, heavy on real estate but light on taste. Why can’t someone try a clean, quiet joint with a simple, delectable pie?? Great Blog Sarah! I will be making repeated returns..

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29 averagebetty July 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Thanks for the heads up on D’Amore’s… I won’t be making that mistake! When I have a craving for pizza and I am near Westwood, it’s hard to beat Lamonica’s. But let’s face it… I’m more about the cookies at Diddy Riese :)

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30 averagebetty July 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Thanks for the heads up on D’Amore’s… I won’t be making that mistake! When I have a craving for pizza and I am near Westwood, it’s hard to beat Lamonica’s. But let’s face it… I’m more about the cookies at Diddy Riese :)

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31 Passionate Baker July 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Heyyy, i live in LA, and you've probably heard of this place, but if you havn't, and you're looking for an absolutely amazing pizza place, there's one in Santa Monica, called Patty's Pizza. It just this little pizza place, but i'm telling you, it's the best pizza i've ever had. And i've had A LOT of pizza..haha, so you should check it out!…and they also offer take and bake pizzas, so you could order your favorite pizza, and they give it to you frozen, and all you have to do is go home, bake it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, and you'll have the best pizza ever.
So there you go!
<3

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32 Natasha July 31, 2008 at 11:50 pm

Yeah, the pizza in the pictures does look sort of dry and the crust seems non-existent! I hate the disappointment of trying out a new restaurant only to discover it wasn’t worth it!

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33 Jessica@Foodmayhem August 1, 2008 at 2:53 am

Happy Belated Birthday! I hate mediocre and average. Bleh!

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34 Gas and Charcoal Grilling August 8, 2008 at 5:55 am

Happy Birthday!!!!
I like your blog.I am just searching and i got it.
Thanks!

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35 Gas and Charcoal Grilling August 8, 2008 at 5:55 am

Happy Birthday!!!!
I like your blog.I am just searching and i got it.
Thanks!

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36 Anonymous September 19, 2008 at 1:03 am

The pizza looks delicious.

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37 Criminal Defense Attorneys Los Angeles September 23, 2008 at 1:19 am

the food looks amazing!

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38 FranceNews November 29, 2008 at 11:12 am

nice picture!really when I open this blog I am eagerly wanted to eat all the things.But I can’t.Thanks for such a nice and beautiful blog you have made.

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