Los Angeles, CA 90041
The restaurant was established in 1955 when Sam and Jennie Martorana moved from Chicago to join the rest of the family in Los Angeles. It’s one of those traditional places with hand me down recipes, checkered table tops, ingredients made fresh on site, and techniques don’t change with the season or even generations passing.
I headed over there after checking out a Ne-yo concert at San Manual Indian Casino. It was past 10PM and we were searching for a decent place to eat at the time, luckily Casa Bianca is open until midnight on weekdays. There was no wait and they restrict the Italian menu to just pizzas late night.
There were some positives and negatives to the pie. First the positives, the sauce as previously mention was good quality. The sausage, homemade on the spot, was tender and the compulsory fennel seasoned it just right. And the negatives: The dough was overly chewy, almost soggy. The style was reminiscent, not from my travels to the Italian Riviera, but from the frozen foods aisle and that $1 Jeno's pizza. If everything is homemade, that must include the mushrooms because they didn't taste like real mushrooms. They had a rubbery consistency, the canned variety. I was indifferent to the cheese, I enjoy fresh mozzarella and processed, I did like that they scattered it over the pie, so I could still take in the flavor from the sauce.
The first time I had a pizza here, it was with garlic and that helped bring out a stronger flavor. But, even with garlic, I don't think it would have changed my experience all that much.
Nota bene: Cash only.